26 Aug 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Over Alameda’ By Justin Townes Earle

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

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19 Aug 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Freedom Groove’ By Keleketla!

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.

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12 Aug 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Lockdown’ (Remix) By Anderson .Paak (Ft. JID, Noname & Jay Rock)

Anderson .Paak composed the tune based on his own experience attending Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others at the hand of police officers. He created a sad reminder that despite any progress there is still a long way to go for justice.

The recently released remixed version features additional poignant verses from JID, Noname, and Jay Rock.

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08 Jul 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘All Tomorrow Carry’ By Special Interest

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. The New Orleans punk band released their sophomore album “The Passion Of,” which the group describes as “a precise and deranged vision of punk, an apocalyptic celebration, a step forward into a perverse and uncertain landscape.” As the band’s lyricist

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17 Jun 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Walking In The Snow’ By Run The Jewels

The most powerful protest music can perfectly encapsulate the moments and moods being experienced by society. At times, it can even come across as eerily prophetic.

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03 Jun 2020

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

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

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20 May 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Nine Times Out Of Ten’ By Ryan Harvey

As we currently face a global pandemic, it is easy to lose sight that these issues are compounded by an endless cycle of war. America’s never-ending war in Afghanistan, the continuing fallout of the Iraq War, and the continued US support for regime change in various countries contributed to the refugee crisis and has affected countless innocent lives.

These issues are examined by punk-folk artist and activist Ryan Harvey on “Nine Times Out Of Ten,” a track off his latest album “You Have No Country.”

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13 May 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Devil Put The Coal In The Ground’ By Steve Earle

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

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06 May 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘How Far?’ By Gorillaz (Featuring Tony Allen And Skepta)

The following was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Songs. Influential Nigerian drummer Tony Allen died on April 30, 2020, at the age of 79. He was considered a pioneer of the Afrobeat genre for his work with Fela Kuti as the drummer and music director of Fela’s backing

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22 Apr 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘No Más’ By Irreversible Entanglements

Irreversible Entanglements are a politically-minded avant-garde jazz ensemble formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who joined forces to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after New York police murdered Akai Gurley. Shortly after their performance,

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