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.
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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.
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.
As always, we’re brewing up big things on The Rebel Beat. In case you missed our first podcast from last week, check it out here![audio https://archive.org/download/TheRebelBeatPodcast00102042015Final/The%20Rebel%20Beat%20podcast%20001_02042015%20final.mp3]
We’re getting ready for episode #002 of The Rebel Beat, which goest to air live on CKUT this Wednesday, February 11th from 10pm-12am EST. This week, we’re especially excited to launch our monthly collaboration with Submedia.TV! For those of you who don’t know Submedia, they’re an anarchist video collective who just celebrated their 10-year anniversary! They put out a regular web TV show called “It’s the End of the World as we Know It”, and it’s always chalk-full of amazing riot-inspiring tunes. So if you’re a fan of the show, you’re gonna love this episode of The Rebel Beat. And if you’re not already a fan, then you’re in for a radical musical treat! Check out the latest episode of Submedia’s show here.
As part of our Black History Month series, we’re still gonna be looking at the Ferguson uprising and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We’re gonna be airing an interview with the one and only Anarchist Panther, Ashanti Alston. Ashanti is an amazing speaker, former member of the Black Panther Party, and former political prisoner of the Black Liberation Army. Here’s a little taste of Ashanti Alston in his own words.
So be sure to tune in this Wednesday, or download the podcast. Stay rebel!
The Rebel Beat is blasting into this world on February 4th, with the hopes of bringing down borders, bosses, and banks through revolutionary beats, bass, and everything in between. It is class war on the dance floor, nothing less.
Be sure to tune in live on February 4th from 10pm-12am on CKUT (streaming online), or 90.3 FM in Montreal. To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE!
We begin The Rebel Beat with some sad news. M-1, the legendary revolutionary MC who comprises one half of Dead Prez, was set to give a talk and performance in Montreal for the opening of the Fro Foundation’s Black History Month festival on January 31st. But before even making it to Montreal, he was refused entry into Canada by the pigs that guard the imaginary colonial line that we call “the border”. M-1 says he was a victim of racial profiling. I suppose when you rap about real shit like destroying the Prison Industrial Complex, or fighting back against racist police, it’s gonna get you on some watch lists. Continue reading
I’ve been busy over the last couple weeks getting ready to launch The Rebel Beat on February 4th. Huge things are coming your way! I’m really excited with how the show is taking shape.
First up, the podcast is ready to go, and you can subscribe to it via the iTunes store today by clicking here! You can also find our podcast RSS feed here to subscribe with other podcast clients. That way, when we launch in February, you can be sure to get your digital fill.
For February, we’re gonna be doing a special series for Black History Month, looking at incredible movements like #BlackLivesMatter and the music that has sprung from them. We’ve already confirmed amazing guests such as former political prisoner and Black Panther Ashanti Alston, as well as DJ Andy Williams, who will be spinning records and talking about jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Our very first guest we’re gonna have on the show on February 4 is so epic that I can’t even name them here, but SHIT IS GONNA BE OFF THE CHAIN!
We also have a monthly collaboration with Submedia, a wicked anarchist video collective, with an extensive knowledge of riotous beats and insurrection music. Tune in for our collaboration with Submedia’s Frank Lopez on February 11.
Last but not least, we’re also lining up interviews with Kevin “Sipreano” Howes on the phenomenal new compilation “Native North America vol. 1”, Simone Schmidt from Fiver (and formerly 100 Dollars), and southern Ontario’s rebel MC Lee Reed (formerly of Warsawpack).
So there you go. The Rebel Beat coming at you large starting February 4th on CKUT. This train is bound for glory!
To all the Roots Rock Rebel listeners, fans, supporters,
To all the rude boys, rude girls, punks, mods, and rockers,
I have some bittersweet news. After broadcasting for 9 years, Roots Rock Rebel will be no more after January 2015. It has been an incredible passion and honour for me to serve the local and international ska, punk, and reggae scenes with this show, interviewing bands from around the world, and giving space to promote underground artists.
I am going to carry on doing a radio show and podcast every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT, but the show is getting a total overhaul. So I’m very excited to introduce to all of you – The Rebel Beat.