Singer alters Canadian National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game

Canadian R&B artist Jully Black sang a modified version of the anthem during her performance at the NBA All-Star Game in Utah.

Singer alters Canadian National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game
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Prior to the NBA All-Star Game tipoff in Salt Lake City, Utah over the weekend, Canadian R&B singer Jully Black stirred up some controversy with her rendition of Canada’s national anthem.

In an apparent gesture for Indigenous rights, the Toronto-born R&B singer sang the phrase, “Our home on native land,” as opposed to the actual words of “Our home and native land”.

The performance drew mixed reactions on social media, with some users supporting the statement for Indigenous rights and others condemning the act as disgraceful, disrespectful, and “woke”.

As reported by the National Post, “The last official change to Canada’s national anthem was in 2018, when its lyrics were updated to make them gender-neutral, changing 'all thy sons command' to 'all of us command.' 'O Canada now includes all of us,' said a Senate statement at the time. There is no proposed legislation to make further changes to the anthem."

The singer replied to a commenter on Twitter, writing in part, "This is less about me and more about being a part of the change in any way I can!"

According to her website, "Jully Black is a true Canadian Icon. Named as one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’, (CBC Music) she has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by fans and industry leaders alike."

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