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New Music Video With Required Reading

It is not every day that a music video comes with recommended reading material. Kanada Day is an artist from, you guessed it, Canada and he recently released ‘The Silent Weapons’.

This first song from his album ‘The Quiet War’ is a brilliant take on the media and its powers in today’s society.

Smashing red, propaganda like information infiltrates the black and white imagery giving this lyric video a highly entertaining backdrop.

“The make you think you thought it
They’ll make you feel esteem
They’ll make you think you want it
They’ll make you feel the need

They’ll make you think you own it
They’ll make you chase the deed
They’ll make you think you chose it
They’ll make you think….”

Musicians Detained As Turkey Continues Its War On The Kurdish People

Trump and the U.S. government supposedly gave Turkey the green light on military strikes in Syria, again, attacking Kurdish forces, stating that they are developing terrorism in the area.

Kurdish musicians have also felt the consequences. Members of ‘Dewran’ who performs songs in Turkish language at weddings, as well as members of another band, have been detained on grounds of inciting terrorism with their propaganda.

We at Shouts call for these artists’
immediate release.

Unfortunately, the above mentioned musicians are not the only examples of artist oppression for the Kurdish people. Find more examples below and also check out our interview with Lee Brickley about his album ‘Songs for Rojava’.

Governor of Adana bans concert
Police officers wanted Kurdish music to be turned off in a cafe
Batman: “Kurdish songs forbidden”
Petition for Kurdish singer and her daughter jailed in Turkey

This Is Illegal Music – Let’s All Share It

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.

Mehdi Rajabian on Facebook
Mehdi’s profile on Freemuse

Cover photo ©Mehdi Rajabian