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Chennai Rapper Madara Protests The Indian System In New Video

In India people have been protesting the CAA (Citizen Amendment Act) since it was proposed into law late last year.

The new act “amends the Citizenship Act of 1955 to grant a swifter path to Indian citizenship under the assumption of religious persecution”.

But Muslims, Tamil Hindu refugees, Rohingya muslims, Hindu refugees from Myanmar and Buddhist refugees from Tibet have all been excluded from the amendment.

Madara is one of the musicians writing protest songs for his country and fellow citizens. On his personal Facebook page the rapper, who’s real name is Rahul Negi, speaks of the reception of his latest song:

“It feels great to contribute to our people’s strive for a better country to live in and that has been my sole motive, to do something through my art that makes sense and is not the usual. I will keep doing my work and experiment with a lot of new sounds and topics in 2020 and to reflect things happening in our society from time to time in it.

Merciless criticism and independent thinking are defined as the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking because they invoke the mind and draw it away from laxity to focus on improvement of an idea or shifting to another idea.
-Bhagat Singh”

Resources:

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-art-culture/tukde-tukde-rap-790990.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizenship_Amendment_Act_protests

Video Of The Day Resulted In Artists Being Imprisoned

When in 2018 Egyptian musician Ramy Essam published the music video to his single “Balaha”, Egyptian authorities arrested the poet behind the lyrics, the music video director and Essam’s former social media manager.

Essam is well known for his participation in the protests of 2011 after writing the song “Irhal” which became an anthem for the revolution. During the protests he was arrested and tortured by Egyptian authorities.

Currently his creative collaborators remain in prison and Essam himself in exile in Sweden. Essam launched the Balaha Case campaign in order to raise awareness and fight for the release of his friends and collaborators.

Sources:
https://www.dw.com/en/when-making-music-means-torture-and-exile/a-50469721
https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-01-10/egyptian-musicians-passport-was-revoked-his-political-songs-he-still-cant-wait-go
https://www.ramyessammusic.com/balaha

Give Me Democracy Or Give Me Death: 5 Metal Bands Unite In Support Of Hong Kong Activists

Five heavy music bands will come together for a show on the 24th of November in Hong Kong. Proceeds from the event will go to Spark Alliance, an organisation that fights for the rights of activists who have been jailed or somehow oppressed or harassed.

See also: Taiwanese Rapper Dwagie Supporting Hong Kong Protesters

During the recent protests in Hong Kong the slogan ‘Give me democracy or give me death’ has been seen spray painted on walls around the city.