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The Specials Announce A New Album Of Protest Songs

Since 1977, The Specials, from the United Kingdom, have been making an awesome mix of ska, punk, and other variations of music. Their most recent release is their way of adding something positive into this world.

This is an album made in protest. Made by someone who feels the hurt in the world and wants to turn those troubles into something beautiful – into art.

Some of the tunes are handpicked covers, others are original. In the end, this is a great release by artists who have been around for a while and who have experienced many different sides of the society we all inhabit.

The first track on the album is ‘Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys’ originally written by The Equals in 1973. According to the band, they were often considered the first multiracial band in England, but that is how they themselves always felt first about The Equals.

‘Blam Blam Fever’ by the Valentines, released in 1967 touches on gun culture. ‘The Ten Commandments’ touches on rape culture, misogyny, self-worth, and alt-right “pseudo-intellectuals on the internet” and it features the activist Saffiyah Khan, famous for a photo of her standing her ground against nationalist protesters.

Some of the other songs on the album are about the Black Lives Matter movement, corruption, social media, and more.

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From Collective Trauma And Rage Comes Beautiful Soul Music

Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, and now Johannesburg-based, Moonga K., has just released a beautiful soul single where he addresses his trauma as a black man in this world. The melody came to him on the bus, on his way to the studio, and in a moment’s time, the song was ready.

In this strange year of 2021 we are also experiencing a sad, yet very important to remember, anniversary of the horrible Tulsa Massacre. Moonga K. explains in a recent interview how he felt triggered and angry after watching a documentary about the events in Tulsa.

“Just like any showcase of black trauma that every black person engages with, I was filled with rage and sadness, and I was extremely triggered. I had a studio session the day after with Greg, and on the bus ride to the studio, I was hit with the chorus melody and it was relentlessly playing in my head so I buried myself in my hoodie to record a voice memo just in case I wouldn’t forget. As soon as I got to the studio, I sent Greg the recording and while he was coming up with the drum loop, I just kept writing and writing, and in thirty minutes the entire song was written.”

In recent years Moonga K. has been coming to terms with his own growth as a young black man and he feels compelled to explore that experience through his music. In a recent TV interview the young artist also spoke about how important it is for him to be a part of eradicating gender-based violence and he now has a 20.000-word dissertation to prove his commitment.

Check out the single, black, free & beautiful below which is out now on all platforms.

Cover photo by Hylton Boucher (photo retrieved from Moonga K.’s Facebook page).

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Amythyst Kiah Reshapes Her Protest Song ‘Black Myself’ And It Is A Banging Version

Since the 2019 release of the spectacular album Songs Of Our Native Daughters we have been following the outstanding and powerful voice of Amythyst Kiah as well as the voices of her fellow musicians that made up the band behind the album, namely Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell.

Now Kiah has reimagined and reshaped one of the standout tracks on the before mentioned album, a song she herself had been carrying around in her mind for some time before releasing it with the band.

Black Myself is a powerful expression of how it can be to live life as a black LGBTQ+ woman in the Southern parts of the US and one of the singles of Kiah’s newly released album Wary + Strange.

“I don’t pass the test of the paper bag
‘Cause I’m black myself
I pick the banjo up and they sneer at me
‘Cause I’m black myself
You better lock your doors when I walk by
‘Cause I’m black myself
You look me in my eyes but you don’t see me
‘Cause I’m black myself”

Kiah’s voice soars and rips through the song in front of hard hitting drums and groovy strings. This woman is a star in the making and fortunately, it seems she will use her talents, in future projects, to make a positive impact and create change in this world. Check out the song below and be sure to check out her new album via her webpage.

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