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.


We spoke with Matana about her musical process, which she refers to as “panoramic sound quilting”, as well as race, identity, and history. In the second half of the show, we played the majority of her recent piece Black lives matter/All lives matter, recorded in Brooklyn last December, and focusing on the militarization of police forces in the USA.

Plus brand new music this week from Blackbird Raum and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.


Playlist – March 18 2015

Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra – Austerity blues

Blackbird Raum – Last legs

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Peasantry or light! inside of light!

Staceyann Chin, Matana Roberts – Information, class, & greed besmirch democracy

Matana Roberts – Libation for Mr. Brown: bid em in

Interview with Matana Roberts

Matana Roberts – JP

Matana Roberts – This land is yours

Matana Roberts – Black lives matter/All lives matter

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