Croydon-born rapper Nadia Rose’s much-loved single “Skwod” was used by campaign group Sisters Uncut in a protest against anti-immigration.
The South East Alliance, a fascist group, were rallying outside the UK’s Home Office headquarters for Visas and Immigration – 40 plus members of the group were thought to be present. However, their rally was foiled by Sisters Uncut blasting “Skwod” over the top of their calls of “Immigration ruined our NHS and social housing.”
One campaigner commented, “What better way to intimidate the fash than with a black female rapper from Croydon?” whilst another added, “‘Skwod’ was one of my favourtie moments. It was when all the non-binary people, femmes and girls, mainly from Sister’s Uncut took up space dancing. It’s so important to make activism joyful. Nadia Rose is from Croydon so it felt right to blast it over whatever the fascists were trying to play. It was about us in the end, not them.”
Nadia herself tweeted about the protest, describing Sisters Uncut’s use of her song as “sick!” – all the while confusingly revealing she was actually in Croydon at the time being arrested – though clarified it was nothing to do with the protest.