The Rebel Beat 083: LAL – From the Underground to the Frontlines

 

What does it sound like if you take two dedicated activists with incredible rhythmic and vocal sensibilities, throw them into a loft studio, and keep them staunchly in the underground music scene for over 20 years? Well that is what LAL is all about. This electronic music duo of Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray, aka LAL, have been holding it down in Toronto for more than two decades, providing frontline support to groups like Black Lives Matter and No One Is Illegal, and pumping out inspiring music all along the way. They are our guests today on the show. 

On our Turn It Up segment, we discuss venues that are shutting down because of gentrification, but also Talib Kweli’s righteous stance to cancel a show in Kansas City because they booked a swastika-sporting Norwegian metal band.

 

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Rosina and Nicholas of LAL (Photo: exclaim.ca)

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Playlist

 

Tune Yards – Colonizer

Xenia Rubinos – Mexican chef

LAL – Rules were meant to be broken

LAL – Brown Eyed Warrior

LAL – Find Safety

LAL – Where we belong

LAL – Your body could start a war (feat. Leah)

Son of Nun – Born again

 

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The Rebel Beat 080: Lido Pimienta on motherhood, music & fending off the trolls

 

Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

This is our year end episode, and it is a HUGE one. Every year, the Polaris Music Prize is awarded for the best album in Canada, as selected by a jury of music journalists. The winner of that award in 2017 was Lido Pimienta for her album “La Papessa”. Lido is a queer Indigenous afro-Colombian musician who lives in Toronto, she is rad as fuck, she is never shy to speak her mind, and she is our guest today on The Rebel Beat. Check out Lido’s music and buy her stuff here.

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Lido Pimienta

 

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In our Turn It Up segment, we drop a brand new tune from the Palestinian band 47 Soul, and honor the hundreds of thousands of people who are taking to the streets around the world to say #HandsOffJerusalem!

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See ya in 2018!

The Rebel Beat Podcast 057 – Queer Cold Wave

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Welcome back to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat!

Our very special guest on the show this week is Marianna Szczygielska, aka DJ Cyborg Monkey! Marianna is a queer-feminist DJ, originally from Poland, and now based out of Budapest, Hungary.

DJ Cyborg Monkey is a mainstay on the radical queer music scene in Budapest, and a member of the feminist space Klit. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 023 – #ItGetsLouder

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After taking a week off from the show, we’re back with another podcast this week! On the menu: some highlights from Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique festival, new music from political hardcore legends Refused and up-and-comers Downtown Boys, plus a HUGE queer music set to celebrate summer, gay marriage, and gay divorce.

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 017 – Suoni Per Il Popolo/Sounds for the People

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Well hello there!

Welcome back to another Rebel Beat podcast! This week on the show, we bring you a preview of some of the more politically charged events of the incredible Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, running throughout th11206887_689456121159466_1646908265616346016_oe month of June in Montreal.

We had a studio packed full of awesome guests this week. Amy Darwish of the Middle-East solidarity collective Tadamon! came through to tell us about the Artists Against Apartheid compilation launch show happening on June 5, with a whole line-up of talented musicians supporting the Palestinian liberation struggle. Continue reading