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Hozier launches podcast with Annie Lennox and Bono among guests

Hozier (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Hozier (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

By Aoife Kelly

Hozier has launched a new podcast featuring interviews with musicians, artists, writers and activists about how to take action to change the world.

The podcast, Cry Power, sees the Bray singer/songwriter in conversation with Annie Lennox, Bono, Mavis Staples (whose vocals feature on his hit single Nina Cried Power), and Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons.

Speaking about the podcast, Hozier said, “I've found the making of the Cry Power podcast to be enlightening and inspiring. Sitting down with people I have such admiration for and hearing the stories of how they sought to make a change with what was available to them has been encouraging and uplifting."

Lennox has become a close friend to Hozier since they worked together on a duet for the 2015 Grammys and their shared interest in activisim beyond music prompted their conversation for the podcast, which is made in partnership with Global Citizen.

In an hour-long conversation for the first episode they discuss global feminism and the UN's Global Goal of achieving gender equality to empower all women and girls.

Topics include education, HIV/AIDS, #MeToo and gender violence and Lennox discusses her long history in activism from her childhood in Aberdeen to the establishment of her organisation The Circle.

It works to connect and inspire women to act and change the injustices and challenges faced by the most disempowered women and girls around the world and is behind the #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist campaign.

“Poverty impacts everything,” she tells Hozier on the podcast. “And it impacts the lack of everything.”

Later she adds, “The picture — and the threads of the picture — are so utterly complex.The solutions are not straightforward. But there are solutions.”

She says, “You can be told about very harrowing statistics and facts and be persuaded to do something — and I guess listeners are thinking: what can I do as an individual?

"That’s the challenge for most people, even if they’re persuaded — they don’t actually know what to do.

“That’s why an organisation like Global Citizen is so important because … [you] take a small action that can contribute to a larger body of change that’s the tipping point towards transformation.”

You can listen to the podcast at GlobalCitizen.org/CryPower

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