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Song Of The Day: Must Be Undone Ft. Lia Rose, Son Of Nun And Tom Morello

The deep beat lingers as Lia Rose’s soothing voice starts the collaboration that is the new single from Firebrand Records, ‘Must Be Undone’. Lia’s partners in crime are protest rapper Son of Nun and Firebrand Records co-founder Tom Morello.

Lia writes on her Facebook page that the collaboration was inspired by this quote by Nelson Mandela:

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

“What’s been done/Can and must be undone/Enough is enough” Lia sings before Son of Nun enters the project with all guns blazing:

“Capitalism is lead paint and Ritalin
A new jail, high blood pressure and insulin
It’s why they can’t drink the water in Flint, Michigan
And why so many plead guilty when they’re innocent
It’s using the oven to keep your house warm
Cuz minimum wage won’t keep the lights on
It’s dying from diseases that are treatable
While drug company profits are unbelievable
It’s Coke killing union organizers
It’s darker nations in debt to colonizers
It’s saying climate change is still debatable
While the military knows it’s inescapable
It’s the schools in the hood with no heat
Cuz tax-free arenas ain’t taking a backseat
Capitalism is a bonus for the CEO
Closing plants here to open them in Mexico”

Mr. Tom Morello finally steps in with his guitar to end the music video with an emotional solo that is complemented perfectly with animation work by Jonny Lawrence.

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Song Of The Day: Ye Hai Baghawat By Wanandaf

The caste system in India is an ever-filling source of inspiration for protest musicians in the country. This system that the powers use to constraint different classes, races and colors of people in India is an ancient idea that motivates creative people today to criticize it.

Some of those people form the rap collective Wanandaf. In a recent interview one member of the group, Agaahi, explains how they have been performing all around during these Covid times: “Since protest sites had to be vacated in the pandemic, music has to find a way to people through other means…”

“We want our music to be a wake-up call to other rappers too, use your music with care, the genre is a powerful force to speak about society…”

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Denzel Curry Drops New Single Supporting A Community Protest Group

Live From The Abyss is the latest single from US rapper Denzel Curry. The song is a slow paced, but hard hitting, political bomb of a track and until the end of October all net sales from the single will go directly to Dream Defenders, a community group that fights “for a world without prisons, policing, surveillance and punishment”.

Curry, a young artist who is very vocal about the state of affairs in his home country, holds nothing back on the track:

“I don’t fuck with my president
Tried to block all Mexicans
If he hear this message
Please don’t send swat to my residence”

Check out the song below.

Cover photo taken by Anton Mak during Osheaga 2017.

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