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.
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?”
A few months back Shouts premiered a rough (but beautiful) demo of a new single from Josh Gray’s upcoming album. The song, Darkest Before The Dawn, is a captivating protest anthem that is ensured to survive generations to come.
Now it is time to premiere the final version of the song, exclusively on Shouts.
Josh has a way with words and his lyrics flow with such ease that the poetry packs a great deal of information into each sentence. The song touches upon many pending issues that Josh has witnessed failing for a long time in his home country of United States of America.
“Can we care about our neighbors Instead of asking for their papers And think about what we do to this world?
‘Cause human life’s more precious Than a blood diamond necklace Or any flag that’s ever been unfurled”
Josh goes on pointing out that hippocrisy of calling the USA the land of the free for it is quite clear that millions of people living in that country right now are everything but free. Slavery still exists and flourishes today through the incredibly corrupt private prison system. Which, as Josh points out, is very much directed at people of color.
Every orientation and gender deserves equality You ain’t savin’ souls trying to control The lives of those you’ve never seen
Let’s stop arrestin’ For minor possession If this is the land of the free Ban private prisons That enslave millions Because they don’t look like me
We hit Josh up on Skype for a short interview and asked him about the song, the album and the upcoming tour. Check out both the video interview below and the Shouts premiere of ‘Darkest Before The Dawn’ below and follow Josh’s music and touring news by visiting his homepage.