The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep13: Brother Ali


Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat podcast! Our special guest on the show this month is the veteran Minneapolis underground rapper Brother Ali! Brother Ali is a mainstay of the venerated RhymeSayers label, and a true legend in the game. His music encapsulates so many parts of his identity: activist, father, lover, Muslim, body-positive albino, deep thinker. He has a brand new album out called “All the beauty in this whole life”, and we caught up with him while he was touring his album through Montreal last month. What follows is a conversation on the new album, racism in America, how to lead a virtuous life, and why he can’t watch horror movies.

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Our special co-host on the show this month is Jesse Freeston. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker, and his most recent work, Resistencia, is an inspiring story about the battle of peasants in the Aguan Valley of Honduras. Check it!

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We gave a quick shout-out to those organizing the legal defense for the J20 defendants. Click this link to find out more, or make a donation!

Turn It Up segment

We honour the Black Lives Matter chapters of Toronto and Montreal, who briefly shut down the Montreal Jazz Festival during a demonstration for justice for Pierre Coriolan, murdered by Montreal police on June 27th. Here’s a report for more info.

Thanks for listening!




Enter-Tribal – Sisterz

Sa-Roc – Lilith’s psalm

Sa-Roc – Heaven on Earth

Brother Ali – Uncle Sam goddam

Brother Ali – Dear Black son

Brother Ali – Before they called you white

Brother Ali – Hearts

Built for the Sea – Sound Your Bell

Tyrone Washington – Universal spiritual revolt



The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep12: Kiwi Illafonte


On this latest edition of The Rebel Beat for June, 2017, we meet Kiwi Illafonte. Kiwi is a California-born, Montreal-based radical Filipino hip-hop MC, graphic designer, and community organizer. He’s a former member of the seminal Bay-area Filipino-American groups Native Guns and Mass Bass. Our conversation touches on hip-hop as a powerful vehicle for self-expression, and anti-imperialist struggles world-wide. Check out Kiwi’s stuff here:

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For our Turn it Up segment, we look at the beautiful compilation “Hugs for Chelsea” to support Chelsea Manning, put together by Evan Greer. You can check that out here:

And, as an added bonus, we also have a “Turn it Down” segment, where we talk about Radiohead, and their stubborn insistence to entertain apartheid in Israel. More info on that…03101841006.html



KRS-One – Same shit
Brother Ali – Dear Black son
Meryem Saci (feat. Tali Taliwah) – This too shall pass
Kiwi Illafonte – Free
Native Guns – Hammer
Mass Bass – Ooh mama
Kiwi Illafonte – Seeds
Kiwi Illafonte – Highway robbery
Ike Reilly – Bolt cutter


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Special May Day Offer! And a Look Ahead!



Here at the Rebel Beat HQ, we’re celebrating Mayday for the whole month of May! We have a super special offer for all of our listeners who show us a little bit of love in the form of a small monthly donation.

For everyone who signs up on our Patreon page during the month of May to support us for ONLY $2 PER MONTH, you’ll get a snazzy Rebel Beat enamel pin sent to you in the mail! Normally these pins are for the $7/month tier, but we’re doing this because we love you, we love Mayday, we love making this podcast, and we love the revolution.

Head on over to and do it today!


The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep11 – Mayday!


This is our MayDay special for The Rebel Beat! We recorded this live on May 1st at CKUT radio in Montreal as part of the show “World Skip The Beat”.

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This episode features Mayday greetings from the following artists, musicians, and organizers: Kareem Samara, Ryan Harvey, Mother Tareka, Shireen Crisis Folk, Kevin Caplicki (JustSeeds), Son of Nun,
Louise Barry (Interference Archive), Krusheska (Suena a Revolucion), Vero Ordaz (Interference Archive), Test their Logik, Mostafa Henaway (Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal), Stefan Christoff (Howl Arts Collective), Jasmin de la Calzada (Pinay, Montreal)

* Playlist *

The New Yiddish Chorale – Maylid
Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird – Mayn Rue Platz
Phil Ochs – Automation song
Atis Independan – Kamarad
Linton Kwesi Johnson – What about di workin’ class
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)
Delhi Sultanate feat. Begum X – No capitalist shall escape
Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion – Ahleen
Kareem Samara – Light for s.h.
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
Ramy Essam – Foul caviar
HK et les Saltimbanks – On lache rien
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Stevie Wonder – Living for the city
Ryan Harvey feat. bells roar, Raast, Shireen – Light in the morning
Las Cafeteras – This land is your land
Santa Cecilia – Ice el hielo
Ana Tijoux – Luchin
Inti Illimani – Cancion del poder popular
Kiwi Illafonte – Medly
Test Their Logik – B
Talco – Bella ciao
Fela Kuti – Expensive shit


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Mayday Is Coming, And We Need You!


Hello Rebel Beat listeners!

Mayday (International Workers’ Day) is just around the corner, and we need you for our special May 1st Rebel Beat podcast episode!

Send us your Mayday greetings! Pick up your phone or laptop, and record yourself answering the question: “What does Mayday mean to you?”

Slap a song request on there, and send the recording by email to, or via Facebook.

If you send your greeting by April 30th, we’ll play it on the podcast! So get yer working class asses into gear and help us celebrate MayDay!



The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep10 – Alas Spits Decolonizing Fire

Welcome back to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat!

Our special guest this month is Alas. Alas is an MC who is consistently spitting out pure revolutionary fire, and when she’s not on the mic, you can probably find her on the front lines of the struggle to decolonize Turtle Island. You might already be familiar with her work with Savage Fam, who we’ve also interviewed on this show, and we had a chance to talk to her about the time she spent at Standing Rock in so-called North Dakota last winter. Check out her Bandcamp page!

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For our Turn It Up segment, we look at 2 very different but very important struggles:

-The battle to save Radio Centre-Ville, a long-running multi-lingual community radio station in Montreal. To find out more, visit:

-The “Battle of Berkley” on April 15, when anti-fascists confronted neo-nazis, fascists, and other Trump supporters in the Bay area. For more info and reporting, visit:…ve-nazi-salutes/

Enjoy the show!

** Playlist **

Snoop Dogg w/ BadBadNotGood – Lavender (Nightfall remix)
Sa Roc – I am her
Mob Bounce w/ Boogey the Beat – Vision quest
Alas – Outlaw
Alas – A game (the poor can’t afford to play)
Alas – Tourist
Savage Fam w/ Alas – Walking with the Dead
Alas w/ Savage Fam – Go away
Dio Ganhdih feat. Chhoti Maa – Indigenoust lyricist
Moscow Death Brigade – Papers please


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Send us your MayDay Greetings and Song Requests!


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, or through The Rebel Beat Facebook page:

Here’s one of our favourite Mayday tunes. Enjoy!

Rebel Beat Special: Radio Free Winnipeg


We’re back with another Rebel Beat special! This time, we bring you a treat from the Canadian prairies. Aaron from the Rebel Beat was recently a guest on the program Radio Free Winnipeg on CKUW community radio in The ‘Peg. Hosts Scott Price and Greg Gallinger spoke with Aaron about his years of involvement in community radio, the history of the Rebel Beat, and the essence of political music. Hope you enjoy!

For a full description of the show from their website, click here.

Our regular Rebel Beat podcast will be back in a couple weeks with an interview with Alas! Stay tuned.

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Rebel Beat Special: Here Comes Trouble with Submedia


On this special edition of The Rebel Beat, we catch up with our old collaborator Frank at Submedia.TV to tell us about their exciting new monthly project Trouble!

Trouble is a monthly anarchist video documentary series, and the first one is launching March 26th! You can get it on the newly revamped Submedia page.

Plus Frank picked out a killer track from Savage Fam, “Like smoke”. Enjoy!


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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep9: Dave Zirin and the Music at the Edge of Sports



Welcome back to another monthly episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast, and your spot for class war on the dance floor.

Our special guest this month is none other than Dave Zirin, author and host of the Edge of Sports podcast. Dave’s work delves into the fascinating collisions between sports and politics, and his work is incredibly inspiring for activists, sports fans, and activist sports fans! But importantly, Dave is also a huge lover of music, and that love really comes across in the podcast. He was in Montreal last month for an event, and we sat down for an interview over bagels, lox, and plenty of coffee.

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In Firebrand Records news, we bring you an exclusive premiere of the new Built for the Sea single, “The Falling kind”.

And finally, in our Turn It Up segment, we look at bands standing up to racism at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.


The Hot 8 Brass Band – It’s real
Rude Mechanical Orchestra – Smash-a-bank polka
The Soul Rebels – Get lucky
Charles Mingus – Free Cell Block F, ‘tis Nazi USA
Built For The Sea – The falling kind
Cannonball Adderley – Walk tall
Downtown Boys – Wave of history


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