As David Byrne correctly points out, some newspapers and media like to believe that there is no protest music anymore. But the truth is that if anyone bothers to look beyond the popular surface they can see that there is always someone singing, that the world is still a pretty bad place for a lot of people, animals and nature and there is always someone fighting to change that.
Check out Byrne’s curated playlist below and get into the resistance mood for the upcoming holidays.
Cover photo by Dirk Haun.
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 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.