11 Apr 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Corporate Public Control Department’ By Seun Kuti

From Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Fela Kuti, comes this protest anthem aimed at Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as corrupt governments throughout the world.  “Corporate Public Control Department (C.P.C.D.)” features a classic afrobeat rhythm, with punctuating horn riffs from the Egypt 80. They were Fela’s

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04 Apr 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Hard Times’ By Curtis Mayfield

Singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s “Hard Times” is a raw articulation of what it was like to witness the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement turn into a nightmare. From Mayfield’s 1975 album, “There Is No Place Like America Today,” the funk and soul musician sings,

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26 Mar 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘M.A.H.’ By U.S. Girls

M.A.H. stands for “Mad As Hell.” It is the centerpiece from “In A Poem Unlimited,” the latest album by Meg Remy a.k.a. U.S. Girls. Since 2007, Remy has performed under the moniker, drawing from various corners of pop and experimental music to deconstruct ideas about feminism, politics, and social norms.

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20 Mar 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ By Shamir

Shamir’s music has not always been explicitly political, but it has surely always been inspiringly rebellious. That spirit runs through the celebratory fuck-the-haters dance-funk of his debut “Rachet,” as well as his subsequent abandonment of industry pressures when he turned towards the historically white-straight-male dominated world of raw indie rock

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28 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Cloud Of Hate’ by Superchunk

“I hope you die scared of all the kids that know the truth.” That line from the recently released Superchunk song “Cloud of Hate” sounds like it was written specifically to soundtrack the past two weeks in national headlines. Indeed, the song could have been written about the emerging youth

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20 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day’ By ESCAPE-ISM

Here’s a song from last year that still hasn’t left my personal rotation in 2018: “Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day,” a stealthy post-punk ode to working together in tearing down impossible structures of power. It appeared on the debut record by ESCAPE-ISM, “Introduction to Escape-ism,” the first-ever solo record

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13 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Fight For You’ By Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza is a Native American (O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese singer-songwriter. She garnered praise as well as awards for her protest song against the Dakota Access Pipeline, “In The River.” Last year, Zaragoza released an album, “Fight For You,” that contains multiple songs of protest. They draw inspiration from

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08 Feb 2018

Protest Platforms: CASH Music Helps Artists Navigate World Rife With Corporate Exploitation

Protest Platforms is a three-part series examining what it means for music to protest today. Platforms have always helped to shape protest music. Independent artists, punk labels, and do-it-yourself (DIY) organizers have long suggested that the means through which music is created and distributed carries as much political weight as

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06 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Count It Up’ By Field Music

Field Music’s David Brewis of England was incensed by Brexit. It was a “proper Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes moment.” On Field Music’s new album, “Open Here,” the indie rock band reflect on a post-Brexit world, as well as the rise of United States President

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27 Jan 2018

The Protest Music Of Hugh Masekela

In the decades-long struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Hugh Masekela was one of several musicians whose music came to represent the sound of resistance to racist oppression by the government. On January 23, Masekela, 78, died from prostate cancer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) mourned

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