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
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
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.
Want to see our round-up of best radical music in 2017? Check out our blog post here!
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!
Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat! Class war on the dancefloor, delivered to you once a month, in a podcast.
Our special guest on the show this month is Jord Samolesky, drummer and founding member of Propagandhi! We spoke with Jord while he was in Montreal touring the band’s new album “Victory Lap”. We spoke about the history of the band, the state of the world, and most importantly, hockey!
This is our MayDay special for The Rebel Beat! We recorded this live on May 1st at CKUT radio in Montreal as part of the show “World Skip The Beat”.
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This episode features Mayday greetings from the following artists, musicians, and organizers: Kareem Samara, Ryan Harvey, Mother Tareka, Shireen Crisis Folk, Kevin Caplicki (JustSeeds), Son of Nun,
Louise Barry (Interference Archive), Krusheska (Suena a Revolucion), Vero Ordaz (Interference Archive), Test their Logik, Mostafa Henaway (Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal), Stefan Christoff (Howl Arts Collective), Jasmin de la Calzada (Pinay, Montreal)
* Playlist *
The New Yiddish Chorale – Maylid
Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird – Mayn Rue Platz
Phil Ochs – Automation song
Atis Independan – Kamarad
Linton Kwesi Johnson – What about di workin’ class
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)
Delhi Sultanate feat. Begum X – No capitalist shall escape
Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion – Ahleen
Kareem Samara – Light for s.h.
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
Ramy Essam – Foul caviar
HK et les Saltimbanks – On lache rien
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Stevie Wonder – Living for the city
Ryan Harvey feat. bells roar, Raast, Shireen – Light in the morning
Las Cafeteras – This land is your land
Santa Cecilia – Ice el hielo
Ana Tijoux – Luchin
Inti Illimani – Cancion del poder popular
Kiwi Illafonte – Medly
Test Their Logik – B
Talco – Bella ciao
Fela Kuti – Expensive shit
Hope this message finds you well, and the coming of spring is keeping your revolutionary spirits lifted!
Even though we’re just about to release our April edition of the podcast, I’m already looking ahead to our May episode. I’m doing a MayDay special for the Rebel Beat, and I want it to be filled with voices and greetings from our listeners. So I need your help!
I want you to send me a quick (1-2 minute) audio recording (you can do this on your phone or computer) of your MayDay greeting to other Rebel Beat listeners. The greeting can answer the question “What does MayDay mean to you?” You can also include a request for your favourite MayDay song! Anything that pumps you up while you’re heading out to a protest or picket line. And I guarantee we’ll play it on the show if you send us a greeting!
You can send me the audio files by April 30 at the latest to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through The Rebel Beat Facebook page:
We’re back with another Rebel Beat special! This time, we bring you a treat from the Canadian prairies. Aaron from the Rebel Beat was recently a guest on the program Radio Free Winnipeg on CKUW community radio in The ‘Peg. Hosts Scott Price and Greg Gallinger spoke with Aaron about his years of involvement in community radio, the history of the Rebel Beat, and the essence of political music. Hope you enjoy!
For a full description of the show from their website, click here.
Our regular Rebel Beat podcast will be back in a couple weeks with an interview with Alas! Stay tuned.
Welcome to our monthly edition of The Rebel Beat podcast for February 2017!
We are your monthly dose of revolution radio, anthems, hymns, and beats to put up a wall of sound against racism, Islamophobia, borders, and the orange menace.
We have a first on The Rebel Beat this month! I interviewed a visual artist for the first time – usually I just interview musicians. But we’re going to be hearing from Sundus Abdul Hadi, a brilliant Iraqi-Canadian artist based in Montreal, and member of We Are the Medium, an amazing platform and collective of multi-media artists of colour. We talked about everything from the urgency of our times, to art, to self-care. Plus, Sundus has an open call for submissions for an upcoming exhibit she’s curating called “Take Care of Yourself”. Check it here!
“The Forgotten”, Acrylic on canvas, Sundus Abdul Hadi (2008)
On the show, we also bring you some Firebrand Records news, and bring you an exclusive new track from Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, and Shireen! The tune is a hauntingly powerful homage to the Egyptian revolution.
And finally, in our Turn It Up segment, we look at the Tribe Called Quest performance at the Grammy Awards, where busted through a border wall with Busta Rhymes in defiance of the Trump Muslim Ban.
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Body Count – No Lives Matter
Narcy & Meryem Saci – Hey!
Omar Offendum – Damascus
Sandhill – Ojala (Inshallah)
Arab Summit – Tomorrow’s justice
Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen – Hadd Il Layl
A Tribe Called Quest – The space program
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