The Rebel Beat Podcast 051 – Viva Vi Subversa!

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Frances Sokolov, aka. Vi Subversa of the UK anarcha-feminist punk band Poison Girls. Rest in Power!

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week on the show, we start off with some ideal tracks that we’d love to have blaring over a loudspeaker during a riot, and then we went into a musical obituary for Vi Subversa. Vi Subversa was the lead singer of the UK anarcho-punk band Poison Girls, and she sadly passed away last week at the age of 80. Rest in power! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 028 – Pauline Black of The Selecter on ‘Subculture’

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the show this week is Pauline Black of the legendary UK 2-tone ska band The Selecter. The Selecter have been playing music for over 35 years, and have always brought an incredibly poignant anti-racist and anti-sexist element to ska music. They just released their new album ‘Subculture’, and Pauline tells us all about it.

Plus, we also had a surprise guest drop by the studio, Paola Quiros, from one of our favourite podcasts, Suena a Revolucion! Suena a Revolucion is based out of Vancouver, and features mostly feminist music from across Latin America and the Caribbean. Make sure you check them out! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 020 – Original Rebel Dread Don Letts on Race, Riots, and Making Music Dangerous Again

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! It was a huge honour to welcome the legendary UK DJ Don Letts as our special guest on the show this week!

It is no exaggeration to say that punk rock would not be the same today were it not for Don Letts. As a staple on the early London punk rock scene, Don was best known as the DJ at the infamous club The Roxy. As a Londoner of Jamaican descent, Don famously brought reggae to the punks, hence starting a movement which bridged continents, genres, and brought together working class youth across racial lines. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 009 – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dub Poetry, and Black Resistance

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Boom! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat, your regular dose of revolutionary music across different genres, and class war on the dance floor.

This week on the show, our special guest is the legendary British-Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Johnson hails from Clarendon, Jamaica, but immigrated to the UK in the early 60’s. From there, he got deeply involved in the Jamaican and Black diasporic reggae scenes, as well as political organizing at a time of fervent racial oppression in England. LKJ pioneered the genre of dub poetry, or dub lyricism, which combines Jamaican patois spoken word with deep reggae and dub grooves. His music amplifies the voices of Black youth who were clashing with police in the streets, and demanding dignified lives. Continue reading

Interview with Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson coming up this week on The Rebel Beat

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This week on the show, we’ll be bringing you an interview with the legendary British-Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. LKJ has been inspiring the masses for decades with his deep poetry and music on radical racial and social justice issues. His dub lyricism focuses mostly on the Black experience in the UK, but also on global issues.

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