Category Archives: activism

Denzel Curry Drops New Single Supporting A Community Protest Group

Live From The Abyss is the latest single from US rapper Denzel Curry. The song is a slow paced, but hard hitting, political bomb of a track and until the end of October all net sales from the single will go directly to Dream Defenders, a community group that fights “for a world without prisons, policing, surveillance and punishment”.

Curry, a young artist who is very vocal about the state of affairs in his home country, holds nothing back on the track:

“I don’t fuck with my president
Tried to block all Mexicans
If he hear this message
Please don’t send swat to my residence”

Check out the song below.

Cover photo taken by Anton Mak during Osheaga 2017.

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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.

Video Of The Day Resulted In Artists Being Imprisoned

When in 2018 Egyptian musician Ramy Essam published the music video to his single “Balaha”, Egyptian authorities arrested the poet behind the lyrics, the music video director and Essam’s former social media manager.

Essam is well known for his participation in the protests of 2011 after writing the song “Irhal” which became an anthem for the revolution. During the protests he was arrested and tortured by Egyptian authorities.

Currently his creative collaborators remain in prison and Essam himself in exile in Sweden. Essam launched the Balaha Case campaign in order to raise awareness and fight for the release of his friends and collaborators.

Sources:
https://www.dw.com/en/when-making-music-means-torture-and-exile/a-50469721
https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-01-10/egyptian-musicians-passport-was-revoked-his-political-songs-he-still-cant-wait-go
https://www.ramyessammusic.com/balaha