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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23 Dec 2020

Top 10 Protest Albums Of 2020

The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music released in 2020 (so far). They were selected by Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker, who publishes writing regularly at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. They are in alphabetical order by artist.

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09 Dec 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘FNP’ By Billy Nomates

Billy Nomates is the moniker of Tor Maries, a singer-songwriter in the United Kingdom who released her self-titled debut album back in August.

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02 Dec 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘We Ain’t Free’ By Boscoe

Boscoe is like a much more politically militant Earth Wind and Fire, like if the band collaborated with the Last Poets or Watts Prophets. In fact, both Boscoe and Earth Wind and Fire are both from Chicago’s South Side. As the Numero Group label describes, during the early 1970s, the

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25 Nov 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Atlantic’ By Haviah Mighty

America’s issues with systemic racism are partly due to a failure to recognize past atrocities. This reality is highlighted in “Atlantic,” the new tune by acclaimed Canadian rapper Haviah Mighty.

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11 Nov 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Don’t (Just) Vote’ By Cass McCombs

For this new song, ‘Don’t (Just) Vote,’ the message is clear: Vote, yes, but when you do, imagine the world you would like to see, beyond what appears on your ballot. Harness your imagination and justice becomes inevitable.”

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21 Oct 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘All You Fascists Bound To Lose’ By Resistance Revival Chorus with Rhiannon Giddens

“All You Fascists Bound To Lose” was recently reworked by the Resistance Revival Chorus and Rhiannon Giddens. It appears on the Resistance Revival Chorus’ debut album “This Joy.”

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14 Oct 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘America The Merciful’ By Zealot Featuring Uno

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.

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