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)

Enjoy!

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 Se.2 Ep.5: Oi Polloi!

 

American elections got you down? Then it sounds like you need a good dose of revolutionary music! Never fear, because we’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the show this week is the raging Scotish anarcho-punk
band Oi Polloi! They’ve been churning out 100% anti-fascist street-crust since 1981, and they show no signs of slowing down. Aaron caught up with them while they were in Montreal for Revolution Fest, and we’ll hear an in-depth conversation on everything from Brexit and Scotish independence, to protecting Gaelic and other Indigenous languages, to BASHING THE FASH! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 026 – Son of Nun on Baltimore, Police, #BlackLivesMatter, and Being True to Yourself

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Welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat – class war on the dancefloor, and in your ears every week!

Our special guest on the program this week was none other than Baltimore MC Son of Nun. Son of Nun has been sewing the seeds of rebellion with his militant and inspiring radical hip-hop for over a decade now, but he recently came to our attention again with his new single “It’s like that”. This tune is a powerful reflection on the Baltimore uprising following the police murder of Freddie Gray. During the ensuing protests, Son of Nun put his skills as a paramedic (his day job) to good use, and was working as a street medic to treat people for injuries inflicted by cops. Continue reading