The Rebel Beat podcast 048 – Black History Month with the Fro Foundation


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Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! Well, this week marks exactly 1 year that we’ve been producing this radio show at CKUT. So… happy fuckin’ birthday to us! Let’s give a HUGE shout-out to all the amazing bands, artists, and activists we’ve had on the show, as well as to our mothership, CKUT – truly the best community radio station on the planet.

Getting down to business, February is of course Black History Month. Here at the Rebel Beat, we recognize the complexity of this month, being only a month, and how reductive that can be. Yet at the same time, we think it’s an important opportunity to highlight some key ongoing and historical trends in Black community resistance and art.

So, in that spirit, our special guests on the show this week are Berekyah Yergeau and Tanguy Tijus, the co-founders of the Fro Foundation in Montreal. This year, like in the past several years, the Fro Foundation has put on an amazing festival for BHM, the Fro Fest. Fro Fest gives a platform for some of the top Black performers and speakers, both locally and internationally. This year, the headliner of the festival was the legendary Haitian-Quebecois hip-hop group Muzion. Anyways, Berekyah and Tanguy were in studio to break down the history and mandate of the Fro Foundation, their festival this year, and also offer their opinions on the recent blackface controversy in Quebec media.



Playlist – February 3, 2016

Narcy – False flags

Brother’s Rap – The revolution will not be televised

Matana Roberts, Staceyann Chin – Raise the roof

d’bi young & Assata Shakur – R/evolution is love

d’bi young – #BlackLivesMatter

Bob Marley and The Wailers – Rebel’s hop

Cannonball Adderly – Walk tall

Fredy V – Running free

Interview with the Fro Foundation

Muzion – La vi ti neg

Malika Tirolien feat. Emrical – Revolution

Tali Taliwah – Floodlights

Meryem Saci – Déraciné

bell’s roar – Blak lives

Son of Nun – Fight back

Onyx (feat. Sick Flo) – Strike bac

Mike Flo, M-1, Yasiin Bey – Made you die

Che Christ – Capitalist visionz (burn ’em down)

Power Age – Freedom (remix)

Asian Dub Foundation (feat. Assata Shakur) – Reluctant Warrior

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – 1000 deaths

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