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Music Teacher Receives Award After Creating A Protest Music Lesson Plan

In Lake View, Chicago, one music teacher recently got a wonderful recognition of her work. Puja Ramaswamy was in the middle of giving class when two men arrived, along with members of the press, to present to her the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ramaswamy has always encouraged her students to connect their own experiences to their music studies. In 2020, when upset and saddened citizens were protesting the murder of George Floyd, she came up with a lesson plan involving around the history of protest music.

“There was this intense issue happening in society that just wasn’t being talked about in classes, so I wanted to find a way to address this with music”

– Puja Ramaswamy

She directed her students to think about the value of protest music, to think about issues they felt strongly about and to find music that related to those issues. Students came back with music about Black Lives Matter, immigration, refugees, gender equality and more.

“When you know someone is aware of what they’re doing and passionate about it, you feel that energy. That’s what you get from Ms. Ramaswamy” one of the students said about their teacher.

39 Rappers From Every Province Show Off Iran’s Spectacular Heritage In One Massive Video

Images of some of the participating rappers retrieved from the collective’s Instagram account.

Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran is well known for its incredibly rich and diverse culture. It is the birthplace of some of the first known complex musical instruments and there is documentation of song and music being part of life in Iran for millenniums.

Hiphop culture is one of the most recent variations to enter Iranian music culture but especially since the Islamic revolution in 1979 being a rapper in Iran has become troublesome.

The Iranian regime has in recent years reigned down on free speech and artistic expression, a sad fact about a country that once was at the forefront of culture and human rights.

On March 18 this year, a collective of young artists and rappers came together to create a massive production, a song called Khanevadegi 2 (which translates to Family 2). The following music video featuring 39 rappers from every province of Iran, showing each province’s cultural heritage through clothing, landscapes and language. The video could feature more women though, so we stay hopeful for Khanevadegi 3.

Recorded in secret, over the span of two years, the video depicts frustration and sadness over the bleak situation facing artists and civilians in today’s Iran. Featuring Persians, the largest ethnic group, as well as Arab, Azeri, Baluch, Gilaki, Kurdish, Lur, Mazanderani, and Semnani ethnic minorities, the video portrays some if Iran’s beautiful and historic monuments and sites.

The mammoth of a video comes fully equipped with English subtitles so there is no excuse not to dive in and give it a listen.

Jamaican MP Calls For Bob Marley To Be Recognized As A National Hero

Bob Marley. Photo author Warinhari. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

After finishing victorious in the 1993 Miss World competition, Lisa Hanna travelled the world over fulfilling her duties. While in Iceland, a country extremely far away and different from her own, a man asked her where she was from, to which she replied Jamaica. The man then burst into song covering Bob Marley songs – word by word.

Hanna had many more encounters like that during her travels and her stint as Miss World. Today she is a member of the Jamaican parliament and now she has put forth a motion to name Robert Nesta Marley as a national hero. Hanna’s resolution has been published in the Jamaican Observer where she goes on stating that Marley’s music and message of peace, dignity and equality helped force radical legislations. His activism through his art helped push politicians to create a more just society at a time where newly independent Jamaica was still suffering from colonization of the British Empire.

“When I look back now at how Bob’s lyrics and rhythms gave willing abandonment to the social mores expected of women from that generation whom British Victorian ideals of ‘respectability’ would have indoctrinated, I give thanks for his direct influence on them, which ultimately impacted me and so many others around the world.”

Hanna gets no argument from us at Shouts and we imagine the rest of the world would be happy with Bob Marley being crowned a Jamaican and global hero.