Mehdi Rajabian once served two years, of a larger sentence, in prison in Tehran, Iran, for making music. The oppression the government shows artists in the country is immense but some people, like Mehdi, continue to create beauty despite the threat of incarceration.
His latest work needs to be shared by the rest of us who are not facing the same hardship. This beautiful album, which can be streamed below, features artists from 12 middle eastern countries and includes songs recorded during war and during an escape on a boat by a refugee.
For many of us, West Papua is at the other side of the world, isolated and unknown. For others, the place is a well known human rights violation pit. Throughout the recent history of this occupied piece of land the people there have seen around half a million of their fellow natives be killed.
The fight is ongoing and the West Papua people ‘will not rest‘ until they are granted a referendum from Indonesia.
The occupied territory has long been put into song to support the people. Here are five songs titled ‘Free West Papua’.
The title above says it all. This is a compilation album put together by Blackened Death Records in the UK and according what the organisers write on their Bandcamp page they believe that metal music is for everyone. We here at Shouts concur.
“Let’s knock fascism on its ass, spread some metal, and get medical aid to those who desperately need it.”