The Rebel Beat podcast 007 – Militant Rapper Lee Reed, Filipino Hip-Hop w/ DJ Neil Kastro

Lee Reed (photo: robertmichael.ca)

Lee Reed (photo: robertmichael.ca)

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Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat – your weekly dose of music that promotes the flogging of bosses, the running out of town of racists, and class war on the dancefloor.

We have a very special podcast for you this week, because we were graced in the studio by our friend and comrade DJ Neil Kastro. Neil is a long-time anti-capitalist community organizer who hails from the uptown Filipino community in Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, and is also the host of Sigaw Ng Bayan, a weekly Filipino radio show heard every Friday from 2-3pm on CKUT. On top of that, he’s also a super talented musician, MC, and DJ. Neil brought in a nice selection of Filipino hip-hop directly from the Philippines, as well as from the diaspora. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast #006 – Matana Roberts

Photo: Jason Fulford

Photo: Jason Fulford

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, we bring you a feature conversation with Matana Roberts. Matana is a NYC-based, internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. In February, she released her latest album, “Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee” on Constellation Records. Continue reading

Coming up: Matana Roberts interview on The Rebel Beat – March 18

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On the show this week, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Matana Roberts! Matana is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. She just put out her new album “Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee” on the ever-rad Constellation Records (the label of bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mount Zion).

Matana first caught our attention while she was spending lots of time in Montreal and recent years, and playing several benefit shows for Artists Against Apartheid and the Howl arts collective. She often is making powerful political statement through her music on many different issues, most notably recently with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

We got to speak to Matana about her new album, identity, lineage, and more. Tune in this Wednesday, March 18 from 10pm-12am on CKUT radio to hear it!

And to make things even better, if you tune in live, we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to Matana’s album launch show in Montreal to one lucky listener!

In coming weeks, we have some amazing interviews coming your way with artists such as M-1 of Dead Prez, Simone Schmidt of Fiver and The Highest Order, Lee Reed, Blackbird Raum, and more.

The Rebel Beat Podcast #005 – Anti-Police Brutality Special w/ Submedia

Artist: Nidal El-Khairy

Artist: Nidal El-Khairy

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We’re back for another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! On this edition, it’s our monthly collaboration with the mighty Submedia, who are bringing anarchist video badassery to new levels.

March 15th is coming up, which is the International Day Against Police Brutality. The day was actually started back in 1997 by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality in Montreal, as well as the Black Flag anarchist group in Switzerland. Since then, it has been an occasion for survivors and families of victims of police brutality, anarchists, anti-capitalists, and other rebels to manifest their resistance to the pigs. Continue reading

#BlackLivesMatter mixtape – dj rhythm & hues

We just wanted to share this amazing #BlackLivesMatter mixtape from our friend and accomplice at CKUT radio, DJ Rhythm and Hues. It was originally posted by the mighty Howl Arts collective based in Montreal. Enjoy, and read on below.

DJ Rhythm & Hues presents a special extended set in tribute to the pantheon of Black and Afro-influenced music from across the ages. From Billy Paul to Caiphus SemenyaNina Simone to Steel Pulse and back, this is a mix drenched in some choice soul, hip-hop, R&B, funk, reggae and afro music, all around the#blacklivesmatter theme.

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The Rebel Beat #004 – International Women’s Day Special w/ War on Women and DJ Radio Riot

War on Women

War on Women

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TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the songs we play on this podcast deal with issues like rape and sexual assault in a very explicit way.

Hey there! We’re back with episode #004 of The Rebel Beat podcast. This one is our International Women’s Day special, which is coming up on March 8th, and is a day to celebrate struggles against patriarchy around the world. Women, queers, trans folks, sex workers, Indigenous communities, mothers and girls are all standing up and kicking ass in such beautiful ways, and we wanted to honour that on the podcast this week.

Our feature interview on the show is with Shawna Potter of the Baltimore-based feminist hardcore band War on Women. They have a brand new full-length album out. Be sure to to check them out, buy their album, and go see their show when they tour through your town! Continue reading

Meet the Graphic Designer Behind The Rebel Beat – Kevin Lo of Loki Design

Artist and graphic designer Kevin Lo

In my humble opinion, Kevin Lo is one of the best radical graphic designers in North America these days. The man behind Loki Design also designed the logo and art for this show, The Rebel Beat. But people have been seeing his designs and art up around phone polls, at demos, in zines, and in galleries across Montreal for years. Check out this awesome interview with Kevin below, done by our friends at Free City Radio.

–Aaron Maiden

An interview with designer & community activist Kevin Lo, founder of LOKi design studios, recorded on a winter afternoon at Kevin’s parc avenue apartment in Montréal.
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