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.
Politician Man is the debut single from Adrian Sutherland as a solo artist. Adrian has been around the scene making music with his group, Midnight Shine, and they’ve released three albums so far.
Adrian comes from Attawapiskat, an isolated Cree community in northern Ontario, Canada. Besides making music Adrian is a “traditional knowledge keeper” of the Mushkegowuk Cree language and tries to be a voice for the indigenous communities around him.
“The relationship between Canada and First Nations has been difficult for a long time, and in many ways it still is. Politician Man is about this relationship, and the need for all of us – politicians, chiefs, Indigenous people, all Canadians – to start listening to each other, and take steps together. Let’s move past the blaming and do something. We all need to do our part. That’s what reconciliation is, and the message behind Politician Man.” – Adrian Sutherland