Based in California, Joss Jaffe is a musician that fuses elements of his long study of Indian classical music with reggae rhythms and a passion for conscious living.
The song itself almost did not make it into the world since the hard disk containing the master was nearly destroyed in a fire. Fortunately this catchy music survived and now it can be shared around the world. In the lyrics Joss examines the political deception that we the people have to constantly face from “corrupt and petty strongmen” but the song also contains a glimpse of hope that this time will soon come to an end:
“Leaders of the world, get them out. Old time pharaoh, your time has run out. King and tyrant your reign has come to an end. Your false promise can’t ever touch us again.”
With the help of Grammy award winning Jamaican reggae singer Mykal Rose, the song is as hard hitting as it is uplifting – the perfect balance between the political message and the banging reggae beat.
The beautiful cover art is created by Drew Brophy who is known for his work for the Sublime album covers.
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.
This single by Matt Gibbons was originally written for the 2018 U.S. midterm election but it stands as relevant today as it did then. In his press release Matt hopes that the song can relate and bond listeners instead of them feeling alienated and divided:
“This song is a well wish for American hearts. May we, one by one, go deeper on each issue that makes us only seem divided. Where it’s race may we experience common humanity. Where it’s politics may we wish well for all Americans. Where it’s the gun issue, may we remember the essence of cares on both sides, the desire to protect loved ones. May each American do the hard work that law and policy can never do, that is, trying to understand “the other,” so the other is not foreign, but “countryman.”