Some faves of The Rebel Beat lately

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One downside of only publishing the Rebel Beat podcast once per month is that I feel there is just TOO MUCH GOOD RADICAL MUSIC OUT THERE to fit onto a monthly show! So this is a bit of an attempt to bring together some things I’ve been listening to lately – all artists that I hope we’ll feature as guests on the podcasts some day, and albums you should check out. So hope you enjoy this video mixtape!

Fiver – Audible Songs from Rockwood

Fiver is the solo project moniker of Simone Schmidt, a gifted songwriter, ex lead singer of One Hundred Dollars, and also a dear friend of mine. For her upcoming album, due out in April, Simone spent years doing research in the Ontario archives about women who were locked up in the Rockwood asylum in the 1800s. The result is a beautiful collection of songs based on some of the real stories of women who were incarcerated there. If you want to hear a great interview with Simone, as well as teasers for some of the songs, check out this recent episode of The Imposter podcast. And here’s a great little mini-doc about the album!

 

Narcy – World War Free

To me, Montreal’s very own Narcy can do no wrong. In a climate of heightened xenophobia and racism against refugees, this video couldn’t have come any sooner.

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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep8: Sundus Abdul Hadi – We Are The Medium

 

Welcome to our monthly edition of The Rebel Beat podcast for February 2017!

We are your monthly dose of revolution radio, anthems, hymns, and beats to put up a wall of sound against racism, Islamophobia, borders, and the orange menace.

We have a first on The Rebel Beat this month! I interviewed a visual artist for the first time – usually I just interview musicians. But we’re going to be hearing from Sundus Abdul Hadi, a brilliant Iraqi-Canadian artist based in Montreal, and member of We Are the Medium, an amazing platform and collective of multi-media artists of colour. We talked about everything from the urgency of our times, to art, to self-care. Plus, Sundus has an open call for submissions for an upcoming exhibit she’s curating called “Take Care of Yourself”. Check it here!

 

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“The Forgotten”, Acrylic on canvas, Sundus Abdul Hadi (2008)

 

 

On the show, we also bring you some Firebrand Records news, and bring you an exclusive new track from Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, and Shireen! The tune is a hauntingly powerful homage to the Egyptian revolution.

And finally, in our Turn It Up segment, we look at the Tribe Called Quest performance at the Grammy Awards, where busted through a border wall with Busta Rhymes in defiance of the Trump Muslim Ban.

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Playlist

Body Count – No Lives Matter
Narcy & Meryem Saci – Hey!
Omar Offendum – Damascus
Sandhill – Ojala (Inshallah)
Arab Summit – Tomorrow’s justice
Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen – Hadd Il Layl
A Tribe Called Quest – The space program

 

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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 016 – Author/DJ Dawn Paley Drops Big Tunes From Puebla

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DJ Dawn Paley

Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat, right here on the radical mothership CKUT Radio!

This week on the show, our special guest co-host is Dawn Paley, an author, independent journalist, and DJ extraordinaire. Dawn is based in Puebla, Mexico, and for years, her work has been focused on bringing forward the voices of those most impacted by capitalism, imperialism, and the drug war in Latin America. Last fall, she released her first book ever, Drug War Capitalism, on AK Press. Continue reading

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!