The Rebel Beat’s Best of 2017

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The year is almost up, and we get ready to turn our calendars on a year that has been marked around the world by rising sea levels, rising far-right movements, and rising repression. Luckily, there will always be social movements out there to confront these injustices, just as there will always be artists and musicians ready to put a deadly beat behind a righteous message.

As we get ready for 2018, here are some highlights of radical music and podcasts that we have enjoyed at The Rebel Beat throughout 2017. If you dig these artists, and if you have some cash to spare, do consider buying their music, as this is really the only way to support independent music in our digital age.

Also, if you enjoy The Rebel Beat, please consider throwing $1 per month (or more!) our way! You can sign up easily on our Patreon page today.

Oh, and we’re about to release the next episode of our podcast, which will feature an interview with Lido Pimienta! So if you don’t wanna miss that, subscribe today on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or wherever you like to get your podcasts.

 

Fiver – “Audible Songs From Rockwood”

Fiver (aka. Simone Schmidt from Toronto) is a phenomenal singer-songwritter who crafted this amazing album based on the archives of a women’s prison that locked people up in southern Ontario from the 1850s-1870s. It’s hard-hitting, insightful, and the wild thing is that pretty much all the issues that Fiver sings about on the album can still be seen in the prison industrial complex today.

 

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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!

T-Shirts and Pins Now Available! Support The Rebel Beat

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Our t-shirts are ethically made in Peterborough, ON, by our friends at Renegade Apparel

 

Wanna support The Rebel Beat podcast and revolutionary music, AND up your fashion game at the same time? Lucky you, we’ve got the answers :).

We have some beautiful Rebel Beat merch hot off the presses! Get your hands on a Rebel Beat t-shirt, or one of our enamel pins! All money goes to support this podcast, and giving a platform for radical artists to get into your ears and minds every month.

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Our beautiful hard enamel pins are in!

Prices:

Enamel pins – $10 each

T-Shirts – $30 each (S,M,L, XL)

(Prices include shipping anywhere in North America. International orders – contact us at rebel@ckut.ca for details)

To order:

Send your payment via Paypal to rebel@ckut.ca. Include your mailing address in the comments, and if you’re ordering a t-shirt, your size as well.

 

Thanks for supporting The Rebel Beat!

Support The Rebel Beat! Become a Monthly Patreon Sustainer

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Hello dear friends, fans, and listeners of The Rebel Beat,

 
We recently launched a Patreon supporter page for our podcast! If you’re not already familiar with Patreon, it’s a super easy and fun way to support creative workers such as myself with monthly donations (charged to your credit card or Paypal account so you don’t need to even worry about it!).
So if you like this podcast, please consider supporting us with $1, $5 or whatever you can afford per month! Go here and sign up today!
BONUS! If you sign up before October 11th, you’ll get a special shout-out on our next episode, which drops on October 12th with bell’s roar!

We have awesome rewards for everyone who signs up, including exclusive mix-tapes, pins, t-shirts, and advance downloads of each episode.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to become a Patreon supporter of The Rebel Beat today!
Love and solidarity,
Aaron

Big News For The Rebel Beat Podcast

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Aaron Maiden at the controls in studio at CKUT Radio, Montreal.

 

Kind of a teary-eyed announcement here, but after having done a weekly radio show at CKUT 90.3FM for more than 10 years, I’m retiring The Rebel Beat in its current format as a weekly show on May 11th. It’s been an amazing honour and privilege to be in the CKUT studio every Wednesday night for the last decade, playing the fiercest tunes, and getting to interview amazing artists. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and so will this on May 11th.

BUT, I’m gonna be continuing the show as a podcast! It will come out on a less regular basis, but will still be the same show! So be sure to subscribe to the podcast here and be sure to get all future episodes: 

iTunes

Stitcher

Other podcast platforms

Not only that, all the previous hundreds of hours of The Rebel Beat will be archived on our website, www.rebelbeatradio.com, so check it out if you have a long drive or a big spring cleaning coming up and need some good listening.

Big transitions in life are happening, meaning new projects in the works.

Thank you to everyone who has inspired and supported me along the way, either on Roots Rock Rebel or The Rebel Beat. Please keep making art, building community, educating the youth, inciting riots, or whatever it is you do best.

 

–Aaron Maiden

Support Class War on the Dance Floor! Donate to The Rebel Beat during CKUT’s annual funding drive (Oct 22-Nov 1)

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CKUT’s annual funding drive is coming up from October 22 to November 1. This is that one time of the year when we ask you, our listeners, to donate to the program and support people-powered radio at CKUT!

SUPPORT CLASS WAR ON THE DANCEFLOOR! DONATE TO THE REBEL BEAT!!

You can donate by calling our funding drive hotline during our funding drive special program on October 28th at 514.907.9424, or just go online any time and make a pledge!
http://ckut.ca/donate

**Our goal for The Rebel Beat is to raise $500 on the show this year. Help us get there!

**Perks! Gifts! Perks!**
Your donation to help fuel audio anarchy, radio resistance, and class war on the dancefloor doesn’t come without some appreciation! Here’s what you can get:

$$ 10 $$ – You get a custom-print CKUT sticker, and a shout out on the program!

$$ 25 $$ – A CD of your choice, and an entry into our grand prize draw!

$$ 60 $$ – A CKUT t-shirt OR a CKUT canvas bag

$$ Monthly sustainer of $10/month $$ – All of the above!

$$ Monthly sustainer of $20/month $$ – All of the above x2!

Tune in to The Rebel Beat on Wednesday, October 28th from 10pm-12am and donate!

$$$ Plus you can get some special gifts for donating to this show, including books from Aaron Maiden‘s personal collection for a donation of $30 or more: $$$

-“The Taqwacores” by Michael Muhammad Knight
-“My Back Pages: Classic Bob Dylan 1962-1969” by Andy Gill

**Why should you donate to The Rebel Beat and CKUT?**

Because every week we bring you the most current releases and oldie gems representing global revolutionary movements, on the radio and via podcast.

Because as far as we know it, we are the only weekly radio program of revolutionary political music out there.

Because since we launched earlier this year, we have brought you exclusive interviews from:
*M-1 of Dead Prez
*UK/Jamaican dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson
*Original rebel dread DJ Don Letts
*2-tone ska sensation Pauline Black
*Sound traveller Matana Roberts
*Baltimore MC and street medic Son of Nun
and so many more!

We keep the good tunes flowing, and the advertizing minimal. BUT, even though the show and the podcast are free, and the show runs on volunteer labour, it ain’t free. It costs a lot to run a community radio station, so every year we turn to our listeners for some cash to help us out.

Stay tuned for more info!

Narcy’s New Album “World War Free” Drops, And It’s Amazing

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Iraqi-Montrealer artist Narcy’s new album “World War Free” just dropped on Tuesday, and it’s amazing. We’ve been loving this guy since his days as part of the Arab hip-hop ensemble Euphrates, and his craft is only getting better and better. The new album features contributions from Palestinian poet Suheir Hamad, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and beat production by Montreal’s very own Sandhill. Check out this short video on the making of the album!
And listen to the first single here!
Expect to be hearing lots from Narcy on The Rebel Beat in the coming months!

Interview with Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson coming up this week on The Rebel Beat

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This week on the show, we’ll be bringing you an interview with the legendary British-Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. LKJ has been inspiring the masses for decades with his deep poetry and music on radical racial and social justice issues. His dub lyricism focuses mostly on the Black experience in the UK, but also on global issues.

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

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Photo: Jason Fulford

We hope you’re been enjoying the first few episodes of the Rebel Beat as we begin to take our footing on this revolutionary musical journey. Be sure to keep checking this website for podcasts, news, and links to other interesting articles.

Subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t done it already! Click here to get it! Be sure to rate us and leave a review. And do send us your feedback/requests/questions! You can get us by email at rebel@ckut.ca

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.