Aluna Francis has published an open letter calling for more inclusivity in the dance music community.
The statement delves into some of the history of dance music, and in particular notes issues with the way music is labelled on digital service platforms and in playlists.
“As a member of the Black Music Action Coalition and a Black woman in dance music, I need to challenge the “dance music industry” on its long standing racial inequalities,” the letter opens. “We not only need to give credit to the artists that created the genre, we also need to establish a long-term plan to secure a healthy future for dance music that is culturally and racially inclusive.
“What I’m proposing is that the current genre definition and industry-designed parameters of dance in particular need an upgrade.”
Read the full letter below.
Aluna’s currently working on her debut solo album, due later this year.