“Do you think that art is not a crime? Do you consider that artists should be able to express themselves freely? Do you want to stand in solidarity against the threats and silencing of artists?”
Music Freedom Day is a concept started by the human rights organisation Freemuse who defend and advocate for the freedom of artistic expression. They do tremendous work and are one of the larger organisations in the world campaigning artists and fighting for their right to use their voices freely.
Anyone can participate in Music Freedom Day. All you have to do is check out Freemuse’s webpage and think of an event that represtents artistic freedom:
“You can organise any type of event: a discussion, a workshop, a movie screening, a debate, an artistic performance, dedicate a song or make a statement during a performance, create a playlist of censored music, make a live performance on social media, spread the word about this event in the media and/or on your private blog, etc. The options to mark the day are manifold and limitless!”
A wonderful video can be found after reading the first passages of the book. The author, Brad Schreiber, insists that it is “greatest antiwar song ever created is by a group you have likely never heard about. See for yourself with the video below:
“once again we hear the word “precision” from people who think bombs can be precise we hear “the price of fighting terrorism” from people who don’t have to pay that price we see a cloud where there should be a college we see a reservoir reduced to soil and though they now admit that the marketplace was hit, they didn’t hit the Ministry of Oil
what they call a military target is sacred to all soldiers brave and loyal you can bomb a shrine, you can bomb a power line, but you never bomb the Ministry of Oil
once again the mayhem they call “warfare” is followed by the melee they call “peace” tearing through the stores and the museums while the US Army played police how much do you suppose that artwork sold for as their last remaining food began to spoil the situation’s bad, but no place in Baghdad is safer than the Ministry of Oil
the medicine has all been confiscated and soon there won’t be water left to boil and one might wonder who’d think up names like “Oil for food” when what they mean is “Ministry of Oil”
if there’s any logic in the universe if the future isn’t just absurd if justice is precise instead of infinite if freedom is enjoyed and not endured I’ll take my class out someday on a field trip past the shells of Shell and Uniroyal and as they’re roaming round the musty White House grounds, I’ll say “Kids, this was the Ministry of Oil”
I’ll say “Kids, it was a peaceful revolution, there weren’t any battles to embroil, and I’m very glad to tell that not one person fell it’s an aspect of our history that every child knows well how we failed to avoid one building being destroyed, but at least it was the Ministry of Oil.”
The video of the day is by Indian artists who are tired of their government, like so many. The song was written around two years ago but released in the first days of this new decade.
According to Wild City the artists, Nuka and Kaam Bhaari “rap in English and Hindi, respectively, as their weapons of choice to lash out against the government and the apathetic, apolitical populace, as they address subjects such as marital rape, environmental destruction, data privacy, misogyny, farmer suicide, corruption, education and much more. Put together, it’s a glimpse into the country’s current affairs, and an urgent call to action.