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Palestinian Protest Musician Jowan Safadi Releases ‘Super White Man’ (Video)

Roughly 1 year ago we covered the fundraising efforts of Palestinian protest musician Jowan Safadi. At the time he had 2 new albums in the works and now he contacted Shouts HQ’s to let us know of the success of the albums. Now he has released a new single titled ‘Super White Man’ (الرجل الأبيض الخارق) that comes in a beautiful animated video package.

A veteran of the protest music scene, Safadi has been writing music for the past 20 years about his experience as an artist and human being living in Palestine territories.

See also: “Palestinian Protest Musician Raising Funds For 2 New Albums”

Safadi wrote us a message about how his songs had traveled across the Arab world and its protests:

“…first of all allow me to thank you for the support with the album crowdfunding, a year ago. It came out and had a decent success. Songs featured there were played in the Lebanon revolution and protests around the Arab world.”

In ‘Super White Man’ Safadi addresses the powers that oppress and inflict perpetual pain onto people. Safadi himself has been arrested, tortured and oppressed by Israel, Jordan and other authorities and in the song he paint as picture of his experience in order to raise awareness of the issue.

“They told me everything about the holocaust
but no one told why I should pay the cost
They played wars and told me that I lost
and all the losers were forced to flee
Oh, super white man
Salamo alikom (peace upon you)
How does it feel
to solve your problem
and create one for me
and when… will I be free?”

– from Super White Man by Jowan Safadi (2019)

Cover photo credits: Jowan Safadi Facebook

New Compilation Album Supporting Victims Of Chilean Oppression

‘Aquí nos están matando’ translates to ‘here they are killing us’ which is the title of a new compilation album from a Chilean record label, imperecedero.

During mass protests and city lockdowns protesters in Chile have been singing on the streets and from the balconies. Now musicians from all over the world have come together to raise awareness of the oppression taking place in Chile and raising money in support of the people hurt in the process.

Hugh Masekelas’s Protest Concert ‘Live In Lesotho’ From 1980 Being Re-Released

In 1980 South African trumpeter and social activist Hugh Masekela played a live concert in Lesotho, a country landlocked by his then oppressive home country.

Masekela traveled around the African continent during his career as well as the world. He played with Fela Kuti and Paul Simon. He set up a mobile recording studio in Botswana near the SA border to record Botswana artists.

Masekela released 44 studio albums and his last was called ‘No Borders’ (2016). On the cover it depicted a map of Africa from 1590, a vision of the continent before colonial powers put down divisive lines.

His impact is long lasting and now the 1980 concert in Lesotho is being re-released on vinyl by UK’s Matsuli Music.