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“Rock n Roll For Blocking Coal” – Compilation Album Vs. Coal Mines And Corrupt Old Ways

The title pretty much says it all. This new compilation album features musicians and poets who see activism as something intertwined with their music endeavors.

“The music and poetry on this album are from artists who don’t see their creative pursuits as separate from politics.”

Many of the album’s songs were recorded right in the protest pit, around the campfire and during the peaceful, direct action.

One of the main fights for Frontline Action On Coal, or FLAC, has been to block the building of the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin (Australia). #StopAdani is their focus as they believe this mine will harm the indigenous communities in the area.

Palestinian Protest Musician Jowan Safadi Releases ‘Super White Man’ (Video)

Roughly 1 year ago we covered the fundraising efforts of Palestinian protest musician Jowan Safadi. At the time he had 2 new albums in the works and now he contacted Shouts HQ’s to let us know of the success of the albums. Now he has released a new single titled ‘Super White Man’ (الرجل الأبيض الخارق) that comes in a beautiful animated video package.

A veteran of the protest music scene, Safadi has been writing music for the past 20 years about his experience as an artist and human being living in Palestine territories.

See also: “Palestinian Protest Musician Raising Funds For 2 New Albums”

Safadi wrote us a message about how his songs had traveled across the Arab world and its protests:

“…first of all allow me to thank you for the support with the album crowdfunding, a year ago. It came out and had a decent success. Songs featured there were played in the Lebanon revolution and protests around the Arab world.”

In ‘Super White Man’ Safadi addresses the powers that oppress and inflict perpetual pain onto people. Safadi himself has been arrested, tortured and oppressed by Israel, Jordan and other authorities and in the song he paint as picture of his experience in order to raise awareness of the issue.

“They told me everything about the holocaust
but no one told why I should pay the cost
They played wars and told me that I lost
and all the losers were forced to flee
Oh, super white man
Salamo alikom (peace upon you)
How does it feel
to solve your problem
and create one for me
and when… will I be free?”

– from Super White Man by Jowan Safadi (2019)

Cover photo credits: Jowan Safadi Facebook

“The Violator Is You”: Women In Chile Perform A Protest Chant

Protests in Chile are ongoing and one part of it is women voicing their frustration for the lack of action taken by the government when it comes to femicide and sentencing violators of women.

A large group of women protested the government’s failure to protect them with a chant and dance.

See also: “Nueva Canción Protest Music Sung During Chile Protests (Videos)

“The patriarchy is a judge
that judges us for being born
and our punishment
is femicide
impunity for my killer
is the disappearance
is the violation

the fault was not mine, not where I was, nor what I was wearing

the violator was you
the violator is you

they’re the cops
they’re the judges
the state
the president

the violator was you
the violator is you

the oppressive state is a masculine violator

sleep gently, innocent girl
don’t worry about the thieves
who for your sweet dreams
come as friends who look like cops

the violator was you
the violator is you”