23 Jan 2019

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Americana / the garden waits for you to match her wilderness’

Ambrose Akinmusire is a black jazz musician from Oakland who plays trumpet. Over the past decade, he has distinguished himself as an artist capable of infusing the notes he plays with a gracefulness and boldness that gives compositions a dynamic spirit. For his recent album, “Origami Harvest” (2018), Akinmusire wrestled

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14 Jan 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Old Man’ By Stella Donnelly

*The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly recently released “Old Man”, the first single off her upcoming debut full-length album, “Beware of the Dogs,” available on March 8, 2019. In many ways, the song covers similar themes as “Boys Will Be Boys,” which

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21 Dec 2018

Top Ten Albums Of Protest Music In 2018

Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker compile list of best protest music albums from 2018, including Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, Kamasi Washington, and Xiuhtezcatl

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10 Dec 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Magic’ By Xiuhtezcatl

Indigenous hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl saw magic in sunrises and rainfalls when he was a young boy. His appreciation of environment, what is natural, the humanity that binds people together, that gave him an innate sense of what was wrong with society, politicians, and the ecosystems that are dying around us.

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03 Dec 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fentanyl’ By Black Thought

The following was initially published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Black Thought, the MC of The Roots, recently released the EP “Stream of Thought Vol. 2,” his follow-up to the second volume released earlier in the year. Because many now associate Black Thought by his birth name Tariq Trotter, as part

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26 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thin Blue Border’

There are at least six million Syrian refugees who have fled the war-torn country since 2011. Millions are in countries, where they fled, waiting in camps for a chance to sail to freedom. They yearn for an opportunity to rebuild their lives in Europe, even as the rise of virulent

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19 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week – ‘MutterERT’ By Chuck D (Featuring Jahi)

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. When studying the history of socially conscious hip-hop very few have had the impact of Chuck D. As the MC of Public Enemy, he contributed several albums and songs that make up the canon of essential protest music. And,

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13 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ By Lee Reed

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” is reflexively uttered by elites, who desperately hope acknowledging tragedy will be enough to avoid doing anything to meaningfully address carnage and destruction. And for every tragedy that demands “thoughts and prayers,” there are many more examples in the United States and throughout the world

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05 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gun Control’ By Molly Nilsson

Molly Nilsson is a Swedish synth-pop artist, who recently released her eighth studio album. Even though the tunes on the album are more influenced by the personal than the political, the mood of the music is heavily influenced by the current political climate. This is evident on the opening track “Every

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23 Oct 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Above The Law’ By The O’Jays

The O’Jays, a well-known rhythm and blues group from Canton, Ohio, that has recorded music for several decades, plan to release a final album before retiring next year. That album includes a tune which confronts the class warfare of the rich and their political defenders in Washington. The song, “Above

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