Over a pensive rhythm, Zealot reflects on his incarceration and the way in which some prisoners are afforded second chances for their mistakes and others like him are seemingly denied forgiveness.
Originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Songs Between COVID-19 and the current political climate, there is a lot to make you frustrated and anxious. We all need outlets to cope. If you are a musician, it is only natural that your outlet will involve creating music. Singer and rapper
The following was originally posted at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle tragically died on August 20, 2020, at the age of 38 years old. The son of influential alt-country artist Steve Earle, like his father he was able to establish a reputation as a gifted
Toyi toyi was the dance of the Mau Mau people in Kenya, as they fought against British colonialism. The dance was embraced by the South Africa anti-apartheid movement as a nonviolent means of challenging systems of oppression.
The collaborative music project “Keleketla!” embraces the call-and response tradition of toyi toyi, as well as the way music and politics can feed off each other to produce a transcendent experience.
Jyoti is one-woman jazz ensemble moniker of experimental soul artist, Georgia Anne Muldrow—a nickname from family friend, the legendary Alice Coltrane
Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker compiled some of best albums of protest music released in 2020 (so far), including SAULT, Run The Jewels, and Steve Earle.
Die Jim Crow is the first nonprofit record label for current and formerly incarcerated musicians, and on Juneteenth, the label released their first album, “Assata Troi” by BL Shirelle.
Shadowproof compiled a list acknowledging musicians (primarily Black musicians), who are using their platforms to amplify anti-racist activism.
The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck. He uttered the words, “I can’t breathe.” Three other police officers served as accomplices to the murder. In
Steve Earle recorded an album, “Ghosts of West Virginia,” that centers on the survivors of the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion. The third track on the album, which will be released on May 22, is “Devil Put The Coal In The Ground.” It’s a foot-tapping piece of Americana with