FRANQA,LINQUA <br/> <small>BELLRINGER</small>



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UPC: 600064798914
Format: LP
Release Date: April 22, 2022
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In linguistics, "lingua franca" is a term for a language used to communicate across cultures. For instance, the lingua franca of the Internet is typically English; in post-colonial Africa, French is often the lingua franca. For Athens, Georgia-based rapper, linguist, activist, parent, and politician Mariah Parker aka Linqua Franqa, music is the tool they use to communicate - and educate - across cultural boundaries. Parker is a linqua franqa for the people. Weaving a rich tapestry of hip-hop lyricism and neo-soul hooks, Parker imbues every song with a sense of urgency and keen social consciousness. This is particularly evident on the forthcoming sophomore album Bellringer, produced by Parker, Reindeer Games, and Joel Hatstat and featuring guest spots from Jeff Rosenstock, Of Montreal, Kishi Bashi, Dope KNife, Wesdaruler, and Angela Davis. On Bellringer, Parker does not hold back, touching on issues like police brutality, social media addiction, mental health, anti-capitalism, labor organizing, among other topics ripped from the headlines. The name Bellringer, which follows Parker's 2018 debut album Model Minority, reflects Parker's love of language play and double-entendres. "I thought of the word bellringer in two ways," they explain. "A bellringer is a jab to the face that knocks someone out completely, but it also invokes someone ringing the bell to sound the alarm about something."

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