24 Nov 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Colonizer’ By Tanya Tagaq

The latest single from Canadian indigenous throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s forthcoming album, “Tongues,” is about accountability. “Oh, you’re guilty” she sings. “It’s not a question,” a press release from her states.

“Tongues” will be released on March 11, 2022, and it “speaks not to horrors and crisis, as previous Tanya Tagaq albums wordlessly, powerfully encircled, but directly of these things.” She says the album is Tagaq at “her most explicit and specific.”

The music is a balance of “industrial, electronic sounds with poetic passages from Tagaq’s bestselling mytho-biography, Split Tooth.”

“Colonizer” comes from Tagaq’s improvised live show with Nanook of the North in Manchester,
which overlooks New York City’s Columbus Circle. The tune serves as a response to Tagaq’s performing in
both visible and symbolic colonial spaces.

Tagaq also released a second version, “Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” which will appear on the album.
This mix is a collaboration with producers Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. It is starker and
slow-building yet well suited to the song’s theme.

“These two mixes of ‘Colonizer’ are so different, but we liked them both equally,” Tagaq wrote on
Twitter, describing both versions as “a reflection on accountability and action.”

Tagaq’s album is an invitation to listeners to “join her in a personal victory over colonization, over those who take without consent.”

Listen to both versions of “Colonizer”:

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10 Nov 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Rising Seas’ By Midnight Oil

No strangers to socially conscious music, veteran Australian rock band Midnight Oil speaks out against climate change with their latest single and video “Rising Seas.”

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13 Oct 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘No Jesus Piece’ By Snotty Nose Rez Kids

The following was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music. The Canadian Indigenous hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids recently released “No Jesus Piece,”the fourth single off their upcoming album “Life After,” which will drop on October 22. It is the follow-up to their excellent 2019 album, “Trapline” (one of

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29 Sep 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘In Your Path’ By War On Women

Considering the U.S. Supreme Court has two alleged rapists and both US presidential candidates were alleged rapists, the lyrics of “In Your Path” carry an additional resonance.

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01 Sep 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Messenger’ By David Strickland (Featuring Erick Sermon, Outlaw By Nature, and Saukrates)

David Strickland is a successful Grammy-winning producer and engineer, who over a two-decade career worked with several hip-hop luminaries including Redman, EPMD, Drake, and a wide range of notable Canadian rappers.

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18 Aug 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Who’ By Georgia English

Georgia English is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who recently put out a poignant album “Pain
and Power.” This collection of tunes could be considered a musical journal that chronicles English’s experiences of overcoming trauma.

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28 Jul 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Why We March’ By AWKWORD & Jesse Jett

This hard-hitting collaboration between two politically minded hip-hop artists was released on July 24 to coincide with the Medicare For All marches that took place on that day across 50 cities.

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14 Jul 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fuck These Fuckin Fascists’ by The Muslims

The following was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music. Punk rock has a long history of “fuck Nazi/fascists” type songs. The latest release by The Muslims, aqueer, Black, and Brown Muslim punk band hailing from North Carolina, upholds that tradition. The Muslims formed in 2017. Since then, they

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30 Jun 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Reparations Is A Must (4th Of July Love Song)’

Folk duo Dan + Claudia Zanes address the more somber side of American history with “Reparations is a Must (4th of July Love Song),” the first single off their upcoming debut album “Let Love Be Your Guide,” which will be released on September 10.

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16 Jun 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Zami’ By Moor Mother

The following post was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music. Experimental musician and acclaimed spoken word artist Camae Ayewa had a prolific 2020 with the free jazz project Irreversible Entanglements and a few projects released under her spoken word alias Moor Mother. As Moor Mother, Ayewa released “Circuit

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