The Rebel Beat 089: Alanis Obomsawin – Legendary Abenaki Musician and Filmmaker

 

On this month’s show, we bring you into the studio and into the mind of the legendary Abenaki Indigenous musician and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Alanis is 85 years young, and has a prolific career with over 50 documentaries under her belt. But while many know her as an inspiring documentarian, fewer knew her as a musician. Until now.

Her album Bush Lady, originally recorded at CBC in the 80s, was just re-issued this year on Constellation Records, and we got a chance to have an intimate and emotional conversation about this brilliant work.

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An iconic still from Obomsawin’s documentary “Kanehsatake: 270 of Resistance” from the NFB

 

We also catch up with Frank from Submedia to talk about their latest episode, and we’ve got an exciting announcement about Aaron’s new podcast, Changing On The Fly.

In our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout-out to Jeremy Dutcher, an Indigenous Wolastoq musician whose album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” just won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album of 2018! Mazel tov, Jeremy!

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Obomsawin in her office at the NFB, holding the sleeve of her album “Bush Lady”. Photo: Aaron Lakoff

 

**Playlist**
Marc Ribot & Tom Waits – Bella ciao
Alanis Obomsawin – Odana
Alanis Obomsawin – Bush lady pt. I
Alanis Obomsawin – Bush lady pt. II
Alanis Obomsawin – Theo pt. II
Jeremy Dutcher – Mehcinut

 

 

 

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The Rebel Beat 077: Nazim & Rap Battles for Social Justice

 

 

Welcome to the Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! This is your monthly dose of Class War on the Dance floor, hosted by Aaron Maiden.

It’s September, class is back in session, and to help us fuse the old school with the new school, educate, agitate, and organize, we’re gonna be introducing you to a Rap Battle like you’ve never heard of before – the Rap Battles for Social Justice based outta Montreal. Our special guest on the show is one of their coordinators, Nazim. Nazim is also an amazing MC in his own right. Check out his stuff here.

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In our Turn It Up segment, we honor Lido Pimienta an Indigenous Colombian artist based in Toronto, who just won the Polaris Music prize for Best Canadian Album of 2017! Check out “La Papessa” by Pimienta here.

**Playlist**
Billy Bragg and Wilco – all you fascists
Downtown Boys – A wall
Propagandhi – Victory lap
Lycka Till – Gaza
Nazim – Ta3ban
Nazim – Back to Egypt
Nazim – Diaspora blues
Rap Battle for Eco-Justice track
Lido Pimienta – Agua

The Rebel Beat podcast 031 – Smash the Fash! Antifa music

 

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Lace up your boots, my friends, dust off your brass knuckles, and get ready for another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week on the show, we laid down a raucous, at times brutal, at times folky, antifascist music set. This is in following with our previous discussions on the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the response of fascist governments and their shock troops in several countries, but also on the heroic solidarity of anti-fascist militants, not to mention the bravery of the migrants themselves.

But we also look at the recent mobilizations against the xenophobic neo-nazi scumbags of Pegida in Toronto and Montreal. In both cities, anti-fascist and anti-racist protestors sent those Pegida bottom-feeders running scared! Continue reading