06 Aug 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Bol’ By Sarathy Korwar

London-based percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar crafted a protest album centered on the backlash against refugees and immigrants. “There are more arriving, and you’re gonna have to deal with it,” his latest album declares. “More Arriving” features a song called “Bol,” where he cycles through a series of stereotypes used

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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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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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13 Sep 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Attica Blues’ by Archie Shepp

Forty-five years ago, on September 13, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller deployed the National Guard, police, and guards to crush the prisoner rebellion at the Attica state prison.  Tear gas was launched. Prisoners who were not resisting were shot and killed. Torture and abuse of prisoners was employed to restore

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