Buffy Sainte-Marie (b. 1941) is a Canadian Cree composer, educator, musician, pacifist, singer/songwriter, social activist, and visual artist.
“‘I loved coming across genuine British and Irish folk songs and they included a lot of protest. It didn’t all start with Bob Dylan! They realized hundreds of years ago that they had to speak up about bad leadership and bad management. There’s no sense in keeping quiet about it.’ This returns [Buffy] Sainte-Marie to her main theme: for all the anger on social media, there’s a dearth of good protest music. ‘I constantly ask myself. Where are the great protest songs of today? Are people deaf and blind’ she says. ‘How can they not be writing such songs today? And that includes Bob Dylan. I don’t see young people acting as empowered as they could be. I wish that it would become very fashionable again. I want to see 11 to 16 year olds writing their own songs.’”
—Spencer Leigh, Independent (9 January 2018)