#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.

“If history lives through its retelling, then so does music. Musicians of all creeds have found solace and sanctity in the revisiting, revamping, and retelling of songs, melodies and rhythms of days past, whose themes are universal; a phenomenon all the more important given the unfortunate fact that history is wont to repeat itself.

It is with some sadness that I remark that The Roots’ cover of the African-Americanfreedom songAin’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round” still rings relevant today. That the reprise by iSWHAT?! of Charles Mingus‘ “Fables of Faubus”, a scathing jazz riposte to Arkansas governor Orval E. Faubus (who notoriously deployed the National Guard to prevent the integration of the Little Rock Nine in white schools in 1957) still speaks truth to the systematized racism, violence and oppression that insidiously pervades Western society.

That songs like Bob Marley’s anti-war treatise “War,” based on a speech made byHaile Selassie in 1963, or Fela Anikulapo Kuti‘s “Sorrow, Tears and Blood,” a reference to both the 1976 Soweto Uprising and the raid on Fela’s Kalakuta Republic by the Nigerian police, still resonate with current day events, rather than as reminders of distant, harsher times.

These songs speak to legacies of slavery, colonialism, and cultural imperialism and compel us to insist that #blacklivesmatter. This mix is dedicated to the memory ofAnthony Griffin and the victims of police brutality.”

dj rhythm & hues (Parker Mah), 03/2015.

further reading : The Music of Malcolm X.

illustrations by Shirin Barghi.

track listing :

Quincy Jones – Motherland
IsWhat?! – Fables of Faubus
The Roots – Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
Billy Paul – Am I Black Enough For You
Fela Kuti – Sorrow Tears and Blood
Eddie Jefferson – Freedom Jazz Dance
Roberta Flack – Compared To What
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Uhuru
Solomon Burke – I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
Chi-Lites – (For God’s Sake) Give Some More Power to the People
Edwin Starr – War
Sly and the Family Stone – Don’t Call me Nigger, Whitey
Barry White & Love Unlimited – Somebody’s Gonna Off the Man
Common – The Corner (Last Poet Reprise feat. Abiodun Oyewole)
Caiphus Semenya – Nomalanga
Steel Pulse – Save Black Music
Bob Marley & The Wailers – War
Nina Simone – Westwind
Miriam Makeba – Where Can I Go

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