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We are a media project that finds and shares protest music from around the world by artists who take their voices seriously and use their talents responsibly.

Rappers in Russia are being arrested and oppressed, right now.

Cover photo: screenshot from Husky’s video ‘Judas’


Rapper Husky (Хаски) was recently detained by Russian authorities. As CrimeRussia reports “The prosecutor’s office considered the rapper’s work propaganda of drugs, and also found calls for extremism and suicide in his songs.”

Husky is known to rap about corruption and police brutality and his detention is one of many in recent row of arrests and oppression tactics towards outspoken, Russian artists.

The video to his song ‘Judas’ has been blocked on YouTube, which is possibly not surprising given the level of religious fanaticism in the country. Now he is facing troubled times as his concerts are being forcefully canceled and his earnings as a professional musician are in a limbo.

Established rapper Oxxxymiron posted a video on his Instagram page and the same information on his Facebook page about how he, and other rappers, will hold a benefit concert in solidarity with Husky.

Oxxxymiron speaks in the video about how important it is that artists stand together against the oppression that authorities are putting on these days, no matter if they share Husky’s opinions or not. The problem is bigger than individuals and he goes on saying that “Artists are blamed for the problems of society, because it is easier than to address these very problems.”


Montaigne uses her voice to protest a multinational conglomerate

Montaigne is only 23 years old but already she has achieved raising her mind to a level of becoming vegan and using her powerful voice responsibly to protest destructive corporations and multinational conglomerates. And as if that was not enough to ask of a young woman then she has also released a music album that reached nr. 4 on the Australian charts.

 

When interviewed at the 2018 ARIA Awards she said that she has become aware of her platform that she has through her music which she uses to talk about what matters to her and what she finds important that everyone gets more aware of.

For more information about the #StopAdani campaign check out their webpage and get involved if possible. While doing so, you could do worse than listening to this live version of Montaigne’s song I Am Not An End.

 

 

 


 

Palestinian protest musician raising funds for 2 new albums

Cover image: screenshot from Jawan Safadi’s fundraising video


Some musicians sing in protest for those that live under oppression and raise awareness about various injustices happening around the world. Others live in that injustice and make music about their very personal experiences. Jowan Safadi belongs to the latter group.

For over 20 years Jowan has been singing about the human existence he knows as life in Palestinian territories. After having been threatened, arrested and oppressed by both Israeli and Jordan authorities for singing his songs he is far from giving up and now has 2 new albums that he is raising funds for.

Stay Away From The East and Sing For it  (إبعد عن الشرق وغنيله) will feature 10 songs in Jowan’s traditional protest manner and inspired by “the frustrating political reality, our struggle for justice, freedom of speech and the escape to the west”. Jowan stresses that it is also important for him to sing about love and other human features for although his home land requires of him to use his voice politically he also believes that “in the beauty of personal art, and our need to sing about everything else that inspire us to think and feel; to make art for being all too human. Between songs of the heart and those of the mind, I try to find the balance to create authentic and honest music.” These songs will fill the second album, 7obsessions (حُبسشنز).

 

I spoke with Jowan via Facebook and asked him if there were others like him, in his close surroundings, critically singing about unjust governments to which he replied that there was not enough: “A thriving Palestinian rap scene can often be political. Unfortunately critique of religious oppression and brain wash is still an untouched taboo in local music. I would say what I do is more critical of the whole system, than just this government…”

Jowan will be touring in support of his new albums and recommends anyone interested to follow tour updates through his Facebook page. International concerts will be limited because as Jowan told me: “…it’s hard to reach my audience outside the internet, as it’s not really safe for me to perform everywhere.”

Lastly, as with everyone we interview at Shouts, I asked Jowan if there was anything he wanted to shout from the rooftops: No preaching intended, but seriously don’t fear loneliness. Get the best out of it. Get to know yourself and be creative in finding ways to entertain and enrich yourself. when singles come together.. they make the best albums. my next album “Stay Away from the East and Sing for it” includes 10 Arabic post punk anthems in the face of our reality. You can help me finish working on it by contributing to the production on my Indiegogo page. Much appreciated“.

Safadi’s fundraising page can be found here: https://igg.me/at/albumjowan/x