Josh MacPhee does beautiful art. He is a member of the Justseeds collective, and if you love their work, you might have some of his prints up on your wall. In recent years, Josh has turned his focus from visual art and graphic design to revolutionary music, and he is the author of the forthcoming book “An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels” from Common Notions Press. The book is a glorious work of deep research and stunning design. He joins us on the Rebel Beat to dive deep into his book, and the propaganda potential of record labels.
The book is out in October 2019, and you can pre-order your copy here!
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In our Turn It Up segment, we give a nod to Egyptian rebel musician Ramy Essam, who is fighting to get many of his band-mates and artistic collaborators out of jail. Find out all about the campaign around his song “Balaha” here.
This month’s episode of The Rebel Beat podcast features an interview with two people who are huge inspirations for the work we do on this show – Ron Sakolsky and Sheila Knopper. They’re anarchists. They’re grassroots music journalists. They’re radio pirates. And among them, they’ve got a well of music knowledge deeper than the Pacific ocean.
Ron and Sheila live on Denman Island, also known by it’s Indigenous Comox name of “Sladaich”, in so-called British Columbia. On Denman, they helped start a long-running pirate radio project, Tree Frog radio. But even before then, they have a long legacy in community radio, music journalism, and the anarcho-surrealism movement.
In this interview, we’ll hear about some of their work over the decades to bridge music and radical politics. We’ll hear stories about smuggling poetry out of South African prisons, dub poetry in Toronto, and a mission with Pete Seeger.
Crashprez – Fascists don’t cry
Rebel Diaz feat. Ana Tijoux – Y va caer
Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla radio
Benjamin Zephaniah – Belly of de beast
Mzwakhe Mbuli – Behind the bars
Pete Seeger – Abiyoyo
Fela Kuti – Opposite people
Moses Sumney – Worth it
May 1st is May Day. It is your day. It is our day. It is a day to take back time from the bosses, landlords, and rulers of this Earth, and a day to celebrate resistance.
Let this be your soundtrack.
The Rebel Beat is back with our annual May Day special podcast episode, and like last year, we recorded this one live at CKUT community radio in Montreal during a rousing session of World Skip The Beat.
Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg is where it’s happening
Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks – Ekoneni
Mbongeni Ngema – Lizobuya
Seun Keuti & Egypt 80 – Corporate public control department
Didier Awadi -Ma révolution
Denis Brown – Revolution
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)
King Zumbi feat. Delhi Sultanate – Riot police
Romain Virgo – Minimum wage
Oku Onuora – How long
Lillian Allen – I fight back
Ana Tijoux – Antipatriarca
Las Cafeteras – La bamba rebelde
Atis Indepandan – Papa-m monte oun bato
M.I.A. – Borders
Narcy – False flags
Il Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano – Bella Ciao
New Yiddish Chorale – Barrikadn (barricades)
Yiddish Glory – Mayn pulemyot (my machine gun)
Unknown Artist (Kurdistan) – Internationale
Welcome back to The Rebel Beat’s monthly podcast for January, 2018. And happy new year!
We have an amazing show to get to today, we’re gonna bring you a people’s history of music à la Howard Zinn with Dror. Dror is a grassroots music journalist, a blogger, and a community organizer with the BDS movement in solidarity with Palestine. Check out his blog, Entre Les Oreilles (“Between the Ears”) here.
Also on the show, we reflect on the one-year anniversary of the mosque shooting in Quebec City, when a white supremacist killed six Muslim men as they were praying. It was just one week after Trump was inaugurated as President of the USA. If you’re on Facebook, check out this beautiful collection of tributes here.
We also reflect on a year of inspiring resistance against the white supremacist, sexist, ecocidal, and transphobic policies of the Trump regime. There are many frontlines of the struggle, but one in particular you can support are the J20 Defendants.
Finally, in our Turn it Up segment, we honour not one, but TWO groundbreaking musicians:
* Jackie Shane, a pioneering transgendered soul singer. Check out her recently re-released album here.
* Hugh Masekela, the god-father of South African jazz, and anti-apartheid icon, who died this month at the age of 78. Rest in Power!
** Playlist **
The Narcicyst feat. Shadia Mansour – Hamdulillah
Oshun – Not my President
Entrance – Not gonna say your name
James Brown – Say it Loud (I’m Black and I’m proud)
Rachid Taha – Ya rayah
Rim Banna – Fares Odeh
Prince – Baltimore
Victor Jara – Venceremos
Miriam Makeba – Beware Verwoerd
Fela Kuti – Colonial mentality
N.W.A. – Fuck tha police
Zone d’Expression Populaire – Nique la France
Pussy Riot – Mother of god, drive Putin away
Roger Waters – Is this the life we really want?
Jackie Shane – Sticks and stones
Hugh Masekela – Stimela