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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Rebel Beat Special: Here Comes Trouble with Submedia

 

On this special edition of The Rebel Beat, we catch up with our old collaborator Frank at Submedia.TV to tell us about their exciting new monthly project Trouble!

Trouble is a monthly anarchist video documentary series, and the first one is launching March 26th! You can get it on the newly revamped Submedia page.

Plus Frank picked out a killer track from Savage Fam, “Like smoke”. Enjoy!

 

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 060 – Happy Smashy MayDay with Submedia!

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May 1st in Montreal, during the 2012 student strike

 

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HAPPY MAYDAY, PROLES!! Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, it’s our special to honour May 1st! Celebrated all around the world by masses of workers, downtrodden, unemployed, rebels, and all of us hungry for a better world, May Day is a day to celebrate all of our struggles and resistance against capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and any other force that keeps us down.

Frank from Submedia.TV was back in studio with us for our last collaboration at CKUT! As usual, he brought in some amazing tunes to big-up workers AND non-workers struggles, and also an awesome interview on the current #NuitDebout movement in France. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter-Toronto Has A Fierce Mixtape

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In case you haven’t heard, Black Lives Matter-Toronto has been camped out outside the Toronto Police headquarters for more than 2 weeks now, to demand justice for several Black men who have been gunned down by killer cops.

Now, the movement has a mixtape, and it’s fierce!  You can read a little more about it from Now Magazine here, or listen below. Also, check out the short report from our comrades at Submedia.TV!

 

 

 

 

The Rebel Beat Podcast 053 – Music to burn cop cars to

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Anti-cop ninjas fly through the night on March 15th in Montreal

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! March 15th is the International Day Against Police Brutality, and to warm everyone up for the occasion, we’ve got Frank from Submedia.TV back in studio this week to fan the flames of resistance against the coppers.

In Montreal, this will be the 20th year in a row that peeps will be taking to the streets to fight back against the daily violence that so many face at the hands of the pigs. To celebrate this resistance, we’ve got 2 hours of music here that loudly proclaims we’re still not lovin’ police. Never have, never will. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 049 – #FeelingTheBurn with Submedia

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Sanders to Police: “Feel the motherfuckin’ BERN, pigs!”

 

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Welcome back for another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! This week it’s our favourite time of the month, that time when Frank from Sumedia.tv comes in to studio to share what’s been going down on his TV show, and play some wicked riotous tunes.

This week, we have an interview with Austin, TX-based anarchist organizer and author Scott Crow, talking about the shit-show that is the US election circus. We also talked about recent global anti-fascist and feminist actions against Pegida and Roosh V (a so-called “Pick-Up Artists” who supports the legalization of rape). And, because the WHOLE WORLD was talking about it, we threw in a bit of Super Bowl 50 commentary. But don’t worry, just a bit 😉

And of course, plenty of revolutionary music. See the amazing playlist below! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 045 – Submedia breaks it down with Savage Fam

 

 

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Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat from CKUT! We’re back here for another monthly collaboration with Frank from Submedia.TV. Frank came in with his usual raucous selection of rebel hip hop tunes from across Latin America, plus a wicked interview with Indigenous MC Ant Loc of Savage Fam. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast 042 – Resisting the Meltdown with Submedia.TV

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Climate Justice activists shut down and blockade Enbridge’s Line 9B oil pipeline near the Quebec-Ontario border on December 7th

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Welcome back to another podcast of The Rebel Beat – your weekly dose of musical anarchy and class war on the dance floor!

Our good friend Frank from Submedia.TV was back in studio this week to spin a wicked set (Alas & Savage Fam, Comrade, Run the Jewels, etc.), to chat about COP21 in Paris, and a recent Line 9 shutdown that he documented (check the video below!). We also hear an interview with the brilliant independent climate journalist Dahr Jamail. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 040 – Submedia Rocks Israeli Apartheid

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Hi! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!

It almost feels like way too long, but this week we’ve got our regular collaborator Frank from Submedia.TV back in studio with us. Since November 29th is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we took the opportunity to highlight the amazing liberation movement in occupied Palestine, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and play some music by artists who ha12299121_550361788446685_1636856390685823063_nve heeded the call to boycott Israeli apartheid. As an inspiring example, in Montreal in 2010,  500 artists signed an open statement pledging their support for Palestine. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast 036 – Funding Drive Special!

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Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week it was our Funding Drive special on the show. What does that mean? It means that for the rest of the year, this podcast is gonna be 100% free. But once a year, we turn to our listeners to support The Rebel Beat and CKUT Radio, our mothership. What this means is that it keeps community in the hands of the community, and not in the hands of corporations or the state. So by donating, you’re guaranteeing more class war on the dancefloor, in your ears, and in your mind.

To make an easy donation of $1, $5, $25, or more, head over to our fundraising page, http://www.ckut.ca/donate

On the show this week, we had the amazing privilege of having Montreal afro-futurist jazzy-funk ensemble dArk mAAt’r in studio with us for a live performance. Plus we also had Frank from Submedia.TV in the house with us for our monthly collaboration! Submedia are also holding a taco-sourcing fundraising campaign right now, so head on over here and throw some change in their taco fund!

http://submedia.tv/tacos/projects/submedias-fall-taco-sourcing-campaign/

Anyways, thanks for listening to this podcast, and hopefully you’ll support us with a donation! We won’t ask you again for another year 😉

In solidarity and struggle,

The Rebel Beat