The Rebel Beat Podcast 055 – Drezus on a warpath

 

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Welcome back to the latest podcast of The Rebel Beat!

This week on the show, our special guest is Drezus (aka. Jeremiah Manitopyes), a Plains Cree Indigenous MC based out of Calgary. Drezus has been making waves across Turtle Island over the last few years, especially after he took home multiple awards at last year’s Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg, including Best Rap Album, Indigenous Entertainer of the Year, and Best Video (for his track “War Path”).

We spoke about his life, his family, his music, and some of the most pressing issues facing Indigenous communities today. Continue reading

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 054 – HellnBack on Family over everything

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Karmen James Omeasoo, aka. HellnBack

 

 

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Boooom! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the show this week is Indigenous MC HellnBack. Hailing from the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta, but now calling Winnipeg his home, HellnBack is a veteran on the hip-hop scene, some even calling him the “Grandfather of Native hip-hop”. He was an early member of 90s rap groups War Party and Team Rezofficial, before finally setting in on a solo career. His latest album is called F.O.E.=Family Over Everything, and we talked with HellnBack about his long career in the game, the importance of family, and using hip-cover170x170hop as a tool of resistance to fight back against suicide and depression. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 052 – International Women’s Day Music

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Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, we’re very proud to bring you our annual International Women’s Day special. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th in order to amplify women’s struggles against patriarchy, capitalism, racism, and all other forms of oppression and domination.

On the show this week, we talked about some of the many IWD events happening in Montreal. But if you’re not in Montreal, be sure to look for local events happening in your city or town! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 050 – Boots Riley of The Coup

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our apologies it’s been over a week since the last podcast came out, but we’ve got a few more ready to be released ASAP!

This week, we bring you an amazing interview with the bombastically radical MC of The Coup, Boots Riley, done by the equally bombastic Dave Zirin of Edge of Sports. The interview was recorded at the Politics and Prose bookshop in Washington, DC, and boots_cover_full_rnd17-frontdistributed by the ever-amazing Making Contact radio program. A fascinating and exciting listen. Do be sure to check out Boots’ recently-published book “Tell Homeland Security – We are the Bomb“.

 

Plus, as always, tons of great music here, spanning afrobeat, hip-hop, and punk rock, all with that class war edge.

 

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 049 – #FeelingTheBurn with Submedia

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Sanders to Police: “Feel the motherfuckin’ BERN, pigs!”

 

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Welcome back for another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! This week it’s our favourite time of the month, that time when Frank from Sumedia.tv comes in to studio to share what’s been going down on his TV show, and play some wicked riotous tunes.

This week, we have an interview with Austin, TX-based anarchist organizer and author Scott Crow, talking about the shit-show that is the US election circus. We also talked about recent global anti-fascist and feminist actions against Pegida and Roosh V (a so-called “Pick-Up Artists” who supports the legalization of rape). And, because the WHOLE WORLD was talking about it, we threw in a bit of Super Bowl 50 commentary. But don’t worry, just a bit 😉

And of course, plenty of revolutionary music. See the amazing playlist below! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 047 – Looping acapella with Elena Stoodley

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Elena Stoodley. Source: facebook.com/ElenaStoodley

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat on CKUT! This week, we had the incredibly talented Elena Stoodley drop by the studio with her mics and pedals to perform some beautiful, soulful loop accapella, and to talk about her music, race, the environment, and art. Check out some of her work on her Bandcamp page here.

In addition to Elena’s solo work, be sure to check out her band FroAmboise.

Enjoy the show!

Playlist January 27, 2016

Enter-Tribal – Sisterz

Tanaya Winder – Ain’t no sunshine

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 046 – Rafeef Ziadah on teaching life and liberation

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, we are thrilled to bring you one of the fiercest poetic voices of the Palestinian liberation movement – Rafeef Ziadah. Rafeef is a Palestinian refugee who has committed her life’s work to the liberation of her people. She is a leading organizer in the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid.

I actually met Rafeef for the first time ever at the conference to launch the BDS movement in Canada in Toronto in 2006. She is a powerful and energetic orator, which usually makes for a badass organizer.

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On top of her day-to-day activism, Rafeef is also an amazing poet and spoken word artist. She recently released her second full-length album, “We Teach Life“, which once again beautifully combines her political poetry with music. On this album, she teamed up with Australian-Palestinian musician Phil Monsour. The result is a collection of poetry that touches on migration, emotion, colonialism, and of course, Palestine. Check it out and buy the album through CD Baby! We caught up with Rafeef from her home in London, England, to tell us all about it. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 045 – Submedia breaks it down with Savage Fam

 

 

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Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat from CKUT! We’re back here for another monthly collaboration with Frank from Submedia.TV. Frank came in with his usual raucous selection of rebel hip hop tunes from across Latin America, plus a wicked interview with Indigenous MC Ant Loc of Savage Fam. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast 043 – Best of 2015

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Narcy’s album Word War Free definitely flew to the top of our Best of 2015 list pretty quickly

 

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Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat podcast! This is our Best of 2015 edition, as it will be our last podcast of the year while we take a couple weeks off to recharge our batteries.

2015 was a year with some pretty significant tragedies and victories. As we seem to be hurling faster and faster towards climate chaos and militarized police states, people’s movements are upping the anti against pipelines, corruption, and impunity. And at the heart of these movements, artists continue to use their music as a platform for peace and justice. For every Donald Trump out there, there are thousands of Dead Prez’s, Ana Tijoux’s, and M.I.A.’s.

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The Rebel Beat podcast 042 – Resisting the Meltdown with Submedia.TV

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Climate Justice activists shut down and blockade Enbridge’s Line 9B oil pipeline near the Quebec-Ontario border on December 7th

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Welcome back to another podcast of The Rebel Beat – your weekly dose of musical anarchy and class war on the dance floor!

Our good friend Frank from Submedia.TV was back in studio this week to spin a wicked set (Alas & Savage Fam, Comrade, Run the Jewels, etc.), to chat about COP21 in Paris, and a recent Line 9 shutdown that he documented (check the video below!). We also hear an interview with the brilliant independent climate journalist Dahr Jamail. Continue reading