“I had always said, that the only time I would ever consider singing ‘Imagine’ would be if it was the ‘End of the World’,”
The son of the activist Beatle has broken his vow to never perform his father’s legendary ode to peace.
Current tragedies happening in Ukraine motivated Julian Lennon to perform ‘Imagine’ for the first time ever, as part of the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign, a global fund-raising effort broadcast from Warsaw, Poland.
“As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could.”
It has been reported that over $10 billion (9 billion euros) has been pledged to support those who have had to flee their homes.
“The $4.6 billion (4.1 billion euros) in grants and $5.5 billion (5 billion euros) in loans will support refugee efforts in Ukraine in providing accommodation and economic security, as well as support for grassroots organizations and UN agencies working with refugees and internally displaced people.”
On Sunday, March 13th, Alisher Tagirovich Morgenshtern, who performs simply as Morgenshtern, released a new protest song oppofing Putin’s invasion into Ukraine.
The is not the first time (nor is it likely to be the last) the 24 year old rapper gets into dangerous territory because of his criticism against his own government.
The song ends with an audio message from the mother of his Ukrainian producer who talks about life surviving Russian airstrikes. The video ends with the message: “We want peace. We want friendship.”
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Cover photo credit: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan it is uncertain what new atrocities the US government (and its funders) will now throw onto the Afghan people. There are very few people who have benefitted from the last 20 years. Mostly the people who make weapons. And their politician friends. From the USA. Without war, they don’t make that money. Simple as that.
Many years after calling it quits as a band, Rage Against The Machine still use their voice and now they have posted a few words about the situation for the voiceless in war-ridden Afghanistan.
Their message is clear and concise and they also put blame on the US media for their direction these past decades: “Mainstream media is repeating the same tropes that were used to justify an illegal invasion 20 years ago. Little to no air time is being spent discussing the 4 decades of US imperial intervention that have reduced this nation to rubble. The victims of U.S. empire have been sounding the alarm for a long time. Whenever we hear the drums of war beating, we must shut them down.”
While the band was active they obviously used all their means to help spread ideas of peace and unity, as art is capable of:
“music has the power to cross borders, to break military sieges and to establish real dialogue.”Zack de la Rocha in a 2007 interview with Juice Magazine
Cover photo: Dusan Vranic/AP Photo
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