The Rebel Beat 081: A People’s History Through Song


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.

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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.


Jackie Shane


* 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

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The Rebel Beat 076: Lillian Allen Fights Back with Dub Poetry


Welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the program this month is a Jamaican dub poet who is considered by some to be the god-mother of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word. She is a writer, educator, and grassroots activist, and we’ll meet her in just a little bit – Lillian Allen.

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On our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout out to a dope trans hip-hop artist and Black Lives Matter organizer in Montreal, Lucas Charlie Rose.

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* Playlist *

Morgan Heritage – Politician
D’bi Young w/ Assata Shakur – R/evolution
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Di great insohreckshan
Mutabaruka – Dis poem
Lillian Allen – Riddim an’ hardtimes
Lillian Allen – Fight back
Lillian Allen – Black voice
Lillian Allen – The subversives
Lucas Charlie Rose – This is what trans looks like


The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.4: bell’s roar

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Boom! We’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat podcast!

So an election is upon us in the USA. Fuck Trump. That’s obvious. But fuck Hillary, too. Whoever wins, we will all resist.

Before jumping into things, we have some exciting news – we just launched a Patreon support page for this podcast! If you love what we do, please consider supporting us with a small monthly donation! Head over to to pledge your support today!

We’re gonna be rolling out some wicked swag for our supporters, including enamel pins, t-shirts, and exclusive mix-tapes!

This podcast will always be free, but producing it isn’t. If you can kick $1, $3, or $5 per month, it’s a small amount for you, but it means the world to us.

And now back to business – our special guest on the podcast for this month is the incredible bell’s roar! bell’s roar is an Albany, NY based solo artist with Firebrand Records who produces sultry, sweet political indie-pop music with tinges of ambient and soul. Their music reflects on love, struggle, queerness, and being Black in America. Plus, they’re also a furniture-maker!

We had a wonderful chat about their music, politics in the USA, and also the awesome Art Funds Art tour they’re organizing to support trans artists of colour! Check it out and support!

And finally, in our Turn it Up segment, we give a nod to Indigenous resistance against the Petronas/Pacific Northwest fracked gas terminal in so-called “BC, Canada”. For more info on that struggle, and ways to support, go here:

Tef Poe – Fuck Hillary
A Tribe Called Red (feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad, Northern Voice) – How I feel
Blood Orange – Hands up
LAL – Rules were meant to be broken
Bell’s roar – Ancestors
Bell’s roar – Black lives
Bell’s roar – Step Up Step Back
Bell’s roar – Covered in red
Jase el Nino – Flora Bank


The Rebel Beat Podcast 058 – Di Nigunim’s legacy of anarcho-klezmer-punk


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Hello! And welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!

We start off with a big announcement this week. As of May 11th, The Rebel Beat will actually no longer be a weekly show. Yeah… I know! Sad, right? But here’s why:

I (Aaron) have been doing a weekly radio show at the mighty CKUT radio every Wednesday night now for over 10 years! The podcasts that you hear here are LIVE radio. I’ve loved getting my anarchist butt into the CKUT studio once a week for the last 10 years to bring this show to our devoted local listenership on the FM, as well as all of you who visit our website or subscribe to the podcast.

But like so many good things, nothing lasts forever. Cliché, but kinda true. I’m retiring from the show in its weekly format,  BUT, we will be continuing it as a less-regular podcast. It will still be awesome. It will still be revolutionary. We’ll still strive to bring you interviews with mind-blowing radical artists. And yes, from time to time, we’ll even bring The Stimulator back into studio for some trouble-making.

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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.

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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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