The Rebel Beat 076: Lillian Allen Fights Back with Dub Poetry

 

Welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the program this month is a Jamaican dub poet who is considered by some to be the god-mother of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word. She is a writer, educator, and grassroots activist, and we’ll meet her in just a little bit – Lillian Allen.

We’re part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts, and the website just went live this week! Check it out for some good listening at http://www.channelzeronetwork.com.

On our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout out to a dope trans hip-hop artist and Black Lives Matter organizer in Montreal, Lucas Charlie Rose.

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* Playlist *

Morgan Heritage – Politician
D’bi Young w/ Assata Shakur – R/evolution
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Di great insohreckshan
Mutabaruka – Dis poem
Lillian Allen – Riddim an’ hardtimes
Lillian Allen – Fight back
Lillian Allen – Black voice
Lillian Allen – The subversives
Lucas Charlie Rose – This is what trans looks like

 

Rebel Beat Special: Suena A Revolucion

 

On this special edition of The Rebel Beat, we bring you an interview with our sister podcast, Suena A Revolucion! Check them out at www.suenaarevolucion.org.

We had a chance to present on a panel at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit earlier this summer with two of the hosts of Suena, Paola Quiros and Krusheska Quiros. This is a little interview we did with them on the grass outside the conference, just before a big rain storm!

If you’ve never heard of Suena A Revolucion, it’s an amazing Spanish-language podcast that profiles revolutionary, and especially feminist music from across Latin America. Even if you don’t understand Spanish, you’ll love the music, so check it out!

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Music:
Cumbia Cosmonauts – Jungle chichaton
Lucecita – Creceremos

 

 

Rebel Beat Summer Playlist

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What’s up Rebel Beat massive! Hope you all have been having a great summer so far. Inspired partly by our homies at SubMedia who have made some amazing music playlists this summer, and partly inspired by our need and desire to keep sharing and amplifying the rhythms and rhymes of resistance, we’ve put together a special Rebel Beat playlist for you all to rock out to this summer. There’s a bit of everything here – some punk, some folk, some hip-hop, and some new tunes from Firebrand Records. Enjoy!

 

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep13: Brother Ali

Bonjour!

Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat podcast! Our special guest on the show this month is the veteran Minneapolis underground rapper Brother Ali! Brother Ali is a mainstay of the venerated RhymeSayers label, and a true legend in the game. His music encapsulates so many parts of his identity: activist, father, lover, Muslim, body-positive albino, deep thinker. He has a brand new album out called “All the beauty in this whole life”, and we caught up with him while he was touring his album through Montreal last month. What follows is a conversation on the new album, racism in America, how to lead a virtuous life, and why he can’t watch horror movies.

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Our special co-host on the show this month is Jesse Freeston. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker, and his most recent work, Resistencia, is an inspiring story about the battle of peasants in the Aguan Valley of Honduras. Check it!

Channel Zero Network

Yup! We’re proud to say that we’re officially part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts. The network website will be launching any minute now. Stay up to date on their Facebook or Twitter pages.

We gave a quick shout-out to those organizing the legal defense for the J20 defendants. Click this link to find out more, or make a donation!

Turn It Up segment

We honour the Black Lives Matter chapters of Toronto and Montreal, who briefly shut down the Montreal Jazz Festival during a demonstration for justice for Pierre Coriolan, murdered by Montreal police on June 27th. Here’s a report for more info.

Thanks for listening!

 

 

Playlist

Enter-Tribal – Sisterz

Sa-Roc – Lilith’s psalm

Sa-Roc – Heaven on Earth

Brother Ali – Uncle Sam goddam

Brother Ali – Dear Black son

Brother Ali – Before they called you white

Brother Ali – Hearts

Built for the Sea – Sound Your Bell

Tyrone Washington – Universal spiritual revolt

 

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep12: Kiwi Illafonte

 

On this latest edition of The Rebel Beat for June, 2017, we meet Kiwi Illafonte. Kiwi is a California-born, Montreal-based radical Filipino hip-hop MC, graphic designer, and community organizer. He’s a former member of the seminal Bay-area Filipino-American groups Native Guns and Mass Bass. Our conversation touches on hip-hop as a powerful vehicle for self-expression, and anti-imperialist struggles world-wide. Check out Kiwi’s stuff here:
kiwizzo.wordpress.com/

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We’re extending a special offer until June 30th – for everyone who signs up at only $2/month, you’ll get a custom-made Rebel Beat enamel pin sent to you in the mail!

For our Turn it Up segment, we look at the beautiful compilation “Hugs for Chelsea” to support Chelsea Manning, put together by Evan Greer. You can check that out here:
hugsforchelsea.bandcamp.com/

And, as an added bonus, we also have a “Turn it Down” segment, where we talk about Radiohead, and their stubborn insistence to entertain apartheid in Israel. More info on that here:www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/uk-…03101841006.html

Enjoy!

Playlist

KRS-One – Same shit
Brother Ali – Dear Black son
Meryem Saci (feat. Tali Taliwah) – This too shall pass
Kiwi Illafonte – Free
Native Guns – Hammer
Mass Bass – Ooh mama
Kiwi Illafonte – Seeds
Kiwi Illafonte – Highway robbery
Ike Reilly – Bolt cutter

 

To check out “Sounds of a New Hope”, a documentary film featuring Kiwi Illafonte, click here: http://soundsofanewhope.blogspot.ca/

 

 

Special May Day Offer! And a Look Ahead!

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Here at the Rebel Beat HQ, we’re celebrating Mayday for the whole month of May! We have a super special offer for all of our listeners who show us a little bit of love in the form of a small monthly donation.

For everyone who signs up on our Patreon page during the month of May to support us for ONLY $2 PER MONTH, you’ll get a snazzy Rebel Beat enamel pin sent to you in the mail! Normally these pins are for the $7/month tier, but we’re doing this because we love you, we love Mayday, we love making this podcast, and we love the revolution.

Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio and do it today!

 

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep11 – Mayday!

 

This is our MayDay special for The Rebel Beat! We recorded this live on May 1st at CKUT radio in Montreal as part of the show “World Skip The Beat”.

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This episode features Mayday greetings from the following artists, musicians, and organizers: Kareem Samara, Ryan Harvey, Mother Tareka, Shireen Crisis Folk, Kevin Caplicki (JustSeeds), Son of Nun,
Louise Barry (Interference Archive), Krusheska (Suena a Revolucion), Vero Ordaz (Interference Archive), Test their Logik, Mostafa Henaway (Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal), Stefan Christoff (Howl Arts Collective), Jasmin de la Calzada (Pinay, Montreal)

* Playlist *

The New Yiddish Chorale – Maylid
Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird – Mayn Rue Platz
Phil Ochs – Automation song
Atis Independan – Kamarad
Linton Kwesi Johnson – What about di workin’ class
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)
Delhi Sultanate feat. Begum X – No capitalist shall escape
Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion – Ahleen
Kareem Samara – Light for s.h.
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
Ramy Essam – Foul caviar
HK et les Saltimbanks – On lache rien
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Stevie Wonder – Living for the city
Ryan Harvey feat. bells roar, Raast, Shireen – Light in the morning
Las Cafeteras – This land is your land
Santa Cecilia – Ice el hielo
Ana Tijoux – Luchin
Inti Illimani – Cancion del poder popular
Kiwi Illafonte – Medly
Test Their Logik – B
Talco – Bella ciao
Fela Kuti – Expensive shit

 

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Mayday Is Coming, And We Need You!

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Hello Rebel Beat listeners!

Mayday (International Workers’ Day) is just around the corner, and we need you for our special May 1st Rebel Beat podcast episode!

Send us your Mayday greetings! Pick up your phone or laptop, and record yourself answering the question: “What does Mayday mean to you?”

Slap a song request on there, and send the recording by email to rebel@ckut.ca, or via Facebook.

If you send your greeting by April 30th, we’ll play it on the podcast! So get yer working class asses into gear and help us celebrate MayDay!

Cheers!

–Aaron

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep10 – Alas Spits Decolonizing Fire

Welcome back to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat!

Our special guest this month is Alas. Alas is an MC who is consistently spitting out pure revolutionary fire, and when she’s not on the mic, you can probably find her on the front lines of the struggle to decolonize Turtle Island. You might already be familiar with her work with Savage Fam, who we’ve also interviewed on this show, and we had a chance to talk to her about the time she spent at Standing Rock in so-called North Dakota last winter. Check out her Bandcamp page!

Also, if you like this show, please support it! The podcast is free, it always will be, but if you wanna support revolutionary music being pumped into your ears and podcast apps every month, please consider throwing us a 1 or 2 bucks per episode. You can support us on our Patreon page: www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio

Or if you want to make a one-time donation, we’ve got a big Paypal button at the top of our website, which you can find at rebelbeatradio.com.

For our Turn It Up segment, we look at 2 very different but very important struggles:

-The battle to save Radio Centre-Ville, a long-running multi-lingual community radio station in Montreal. To find out more, visit:
www.facebook.com/frauderadiocentreville/

-The “Battle of Berkley” on April 15, when anti-fascists confronted neo-nazis, fascists, and other Trump supporters in the Bay area. For more info and reporting, visit:
itsgoingdown.org/igd-black-bloc-d…ve-nazi-salutes/

Enjoy the show!

** Playlist **

Snoop Dogg w/ BadBadNotGood – Lavender (Nightfall remix)
Sa Roc – I am her
Mob Bounce w/ Boogey the Beat – Vision quest
Alas – Outlaw
Alas – A game (the poor can’t afford to play)
Alas – Tourist
Savage Fam w/ Alas – Walking with the Dead
Alas w/ Savage Fam – Go away
Dio Ganhdih feat. Chhoti Maa – Indigenoust lyricist
Moscow Death Brigade – Papers please

 

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Send us your MayDay Greetings and Song Requests!

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Hi Rebel Beat listeners!

Hope this message finds you well, and the coming of spring is keeping your revolutionary spirits lifted!

Even though we’re just about to release our April edition of the podcast, I’m already looking ahead to our May episode. I’m doing a MayDay special for the Rebel Beat, and I want it to be filled with voices and greetings from our listeners. So I need your help!

I want you to send me a quick (1-2 minute) audio recording (you can do this on your phone or computer) of your MayDay greeting to other Rebel Beat listeners. The greeting can answer the question “What does MayDay mean to you?” You can also include a request for your favourite MayDay song! Anything that pumps you up while you’re heading out to a protest or picket line. And I guarantee we’ll play it on the show if you send us a greeting!

You can send me the audio files by April 30 at the latest to rebel@ckut.ca, or through The Rebel Beat Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/rebelbeatradio/

Here’s one of our favourite Mayday tunes. Enjoy!