Daily Sun reports that Tibetan singer Lhundrub Drakpa has been arbitrarily held in detention for over a year. He was arrested only two months after the release of his song ‘Black Hat’. Now Chinese authorities have sentenced Lhundrub to 6 years in prison for criticizing China’s policies in Tibet with his song.
Our colleagues in Freemusereport that in 2019 they witnessed “a clampdown on artists and other citizens who questioned Beijing’s dominant celebratory narrative”.
As it often happens, the current protests in Thailand started out as student events. This generation has had to partially grow up in times started by the 2014 coup d’état in Thailand. Now more people are joining the protests demanding the resignation of General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government and an economic reform of the monarchy.
Some members of the rap collective have been arrested for their activism as we’ve covered before here on Shouts. That does not seem to slow them down though. They blast through the new song with seemingly no concern for their own safety. Artists have been jailed around the world for using their voices in this way.
We got the most wonderful letter the other day from a musician called Shaun Quixote. He just released his debut single, titled So Naïve, and he wanted to share it with us. He searched the web for socially conscious music blogs and came across Shouts. We are thrilled that he did.
So Naïve is a feel good, protest anthem for these strange times. As Shaun explained to us: “I’d like to think that, “through the poisoned air” [from the song’s lyrics], the song has a hopeful message in the midst of the darkness. …it is a song of hope, a song of protest, and a call to action. But most of all I want it to bring joy to whoever hears it.”
Currently Shaun is working on finishing his debut EP and if it will be anything like it’s title song then we are all in for a treat.