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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26 May 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ By The Linda Lindas

Youth garage punk band The Linda Lindas respond to anti-Asian racism, which spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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12 May 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Weather Strike’ By Tom Morello and Pussy Riot

“Pussy Riot is one of the most radical and important activist musical groups of all time,” Morello declared in a press statement. “Their fearless blending of art and confrontation is a constant inspiration and it’s an honor to combine forces on this powerful, revolutionary track ‘Weather Strike.’”

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21 Apr 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘It’s Been Burning For A While’ By Chris Pierce

Singer-songwriter Chris Pierce highlights this long history of violence against black people is highlighted by singer-songwriter tune, “It’s Been Burning for a While.” The song first premiered on the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and it linked the events of the summer of 2020 with the dark past.

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07 Apr 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Pity The Country’ By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, scholar, and singer. She is also a member of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people, native to southern Ontario, Canada. She recently released her stunning new album “Theory Of Ice.”

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24 Mar 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Tyranny Of Either/Or’ By Evan Greer

“Tyranny of Either/Or” is a song that Evan Greer says she “needed as a young trans person navigating the world. It’s about reconnecting with our collective history of resistance and self-determination, and celebrating all of the bullshit that trans people have overcome.”

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10 Mar 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Television’ By Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles is an Americana trio that skillfully employs traditional music forms to provide poignant commentary on current issues.

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24 Feb 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Different Streets’ By Made Kuti

Fela Kuti was a pioneer of Afrobeat and one of the most important socially conscious musicians of all-time. He was also announced as one of 16 nominees for induction into the 2021 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The nomination is a long-overdue acknowledgment for an influential

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10 Feb 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Stoned Love’ By The Supremes

Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, sadly passed away at the age of 76 on February 8. The Supremes weren’t known for being a political group, but at times their music did touch upon social themes.

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13 Jan 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Weeping in the Promised Land’ By John Fogerty

John Fogerty, the legendary former frontman of Creedence Clearwater Revival is no stranger to composing socially conscious tunes. Songs such as “Fortunate Son” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain” are timeless anthems that were written in response to the Vietnam War and President Richard Nixon’s administration.

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