Dub Reality
Indigenous Resistance

Nov
15
IR34 Galdino : Truth Is What We Need Dub. Cover art by Dubdem utilising photos of Jah9 and Sawandi by Sabriya Simon.

IR34 Galdino : Truth Is What We Need Dub. Cover art by Dubdem utilising photos of Jah9 and Sawandi by Sabriya Simon.

The genesis of our new IR34 release started with the making of the IR33 Korogocho DUBuMentary & Grafitti Experience in Nairobi, Kenya. IR was inspired by circumstances found in the slum of Korogocho to create a mural, the making of which was documented by a local video crew.

(You can watch IR33 The Korogocho DUBuMentry & Grafitti Experience  here )

In the editing room of African Aftermath Media , while overlaying dub sounds to the images of the Kenyan graffiti artists painting the IR mural, the IR crew started splicing together edits of our previously released tracks featuring Sawandi, Jah9 and the dub mixing skills of Delroy ‘Fatta’ Pottinger . These sounds formed the basis of the soundtrack for the film.  It also inspired us to revisit the different mixes to create a new dub  that would further highlight Sawandi’s ethereal keyboards  and the soaring vocals of Jah9. The fact that these tracks were focused on the brutal murder of the Brazilian Pataxo Indian, Galdino, and the subsequent amnesia that befell the Brazilian media about the case ever since, had IR thinking of a new way to retell the truth about Galdino. And so, the IR crew decided to make IR34.

A back and forth process began across the internet oceans between The Ghost and Tapedave. Tapedave using his editing skills and creative imagination to flow with the guidelines on drum and bass sounds being offered from The Ghost. The result is “Galdino: Truth Is What We Need Dub (the Tapedave Transparente Remix)” A dub track mixed at Anchor Studio in Kingston, Jamaica with real roots drumming from Kush, an integral member of Jamaica’s Roots Uprising band laying the steady floor under which Sawandi’s ethereal keyboards float, lending a mystical vibe to compliment the searing lyrics written by Jah9 and Tapedave.

In order to make certain the bass on the final mix would be rich and dub heavy, IR had to enlist the services of Kevin Metcalfe of Soundmasters in the UK [ http://www.soundmasters.co.uk/” to master the new remix and remaster the original Sawandi’s Defiance In The Shadows Mix. Kevin is one  of the most sought after mastering engineers and for good reason; having cut his teeth on The Kinks and David Bowie albums for RCA and then mastered classic albums by folks like Dennis Brown, Lee Scratch Perry, Black Uhuru to The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Robert Plant and numerous Adrian Sherwood On U Sound records. In fact our favorite 10-inch vinyl “Keep On Dancing” by Bim Sherman & Dub Syndicate was mastered by Kevin Metcalfe. We wanted that same heavy drum and bass we’ve heard on massive soundsystems ; crisp, yet thundering. Kevin certainly didn’t disappoint! He brought out the bass beautifully, which then infused the IR34 mixes with an extra energy. It was then IR decided to create the very special Bandcamp-only EP you see here

preview Galdino : Truth Is What We Need Dub  : Tapedave’s Transparente Remix

here

https://soundcloud.com/ir-indigenous-resistance/galdino-truth-is-what-we-need-dubtapedave-transparente-remix

This EP includes a special remix that Adrian Sherwood so generously did for us.It was mixed at On U Sound studio with Dr Das on bass and Skip Mcdonald on guitar. This track also  features Zumbi & Patoxi singers from Brazil alongside the original rapper for Asian Dub Foundation, Deeder Zaman. In 2010, Deeder had gone to Brasil and performed at shows in Galdino’s memory organized by Dubdem Soundsystem with IR.

Deeder Zaman performing with Dubdem Soundsystem in Brazil at a concert to honour Galdino

Deeder Zaman performing with Dubdem Soundsystem in Brazil at a concert to honour Galdino.Photo by Fabdub.

The EP finishes off with a special sonic surprise, an audio ambush so to speak, though an assault of effervesence. Here is a pure high energy groove track from Caballo. He’s remixed his “Pow Wow Bounce,” this is his V.I.P Mix For I.R. Caballo centers aboriginal chants from Canada in a pure swinging groove. It is true dance floor fire. IR believes there are different ways to fight the power as anarchist Emma Goldman once said “If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.” Here Caballo expresses his anti-colonialist sentiments with hypnotic grooves.

preview Caballo’s Mix on Soundcloud

IR tends to focus on issues that many media outlets have no time for, and certain governments try to sweep under the rug. One is the land grab taking place in Gambella, Ethiopia where the indigenous people are being killed and displaced from their lands in order for foreign corporations can lease the land by the Ethopian government.

(Check out the IR Gambella Land Grab Amharic mix by dubmaster Soy Sos here:

Like this issue, Galdino is a topic that both the media and Brasil’s bureaucrats would like to see disappeared. The story of Galdino is not just a story of one man and four elitist thugs turned murderers.

These of the names of the four bastards who murdered Galdino.Poster by Dubdem.

These of the names of the four bastards who murdered Galdino.Poster by Dubdem.

The story of Galdino encompasses the larger problems of Brasil and how they, as a nation, deal with the Indigenous and why the media in Brasil is so reluctant to revisit the circumstances of Galdino’s murder. Instead the media and the politicians would prefer it to be erased from the collective consciousness of the nation, for, when you deal with the murder of Galdino, you are forced to deal head on with the injustice perpetrated against the Indigenous since Europeans invaded their land. You are forced to examine the inequality between those with money and those without, those with privilege and those without, and how this affects how your life is valued or not. Many uncomfortable questions and many more unsuitable answers. It is easier for the nation if the story of Galdino were left to disappear, but we, IR, won’t let it. Our efforts have been worldwide; from Ethiopia to Jamaica to Colombia and on, always returning back to Brasil.

A special feature of this Bandcamp release  available here   at https://dubreality.bandcamp.com/album/ir-34-galdino-truth-is-what-we-need-dub

is a special exclusive publication entitled IR35 Truth Is What You Gain. Designed by Tapedave, with graphic art by Dubdem, photos from Fabdub, Sabriya Simon, Ramjac, Liza, Gebre Amlak and with text by Kokonda Dub and The Ghost, this small volume not only tries to impart a deeper insight into the case of Galdino, but to also give a more profound look at the stereotypes and realities facing indigenous people in Brazi. Inside this publication, readers will also see examples of IR activism organized in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Jamaica, to help remember Galdino.

In keeping with IR practice of utilizing public spaces to communicate our messages, IR will be working with Colombia Rebel Youth and artists like Chite Yarumo to reproduce the cover art for IR34, designed by Dubdem, and paint it as a mural in Colombia. Stay tuned for that and more subversive actions from IR.

 IR mural by Chite Yarumo  in Bogota , Colombia to honour Galdino.

IR mural by Chite Yarumo in Bogota , Colombia to honour Galdino.

THE GHOST

Feb
19

R 29.1 New Generation Dub is a resequenced  version of the release IR 29 that came out on january 1 ,2014.This new version also has new edits of mixes with special intros added.The IR 29 release  has a special web page http://www.newgenerationdub.wordpress.com/ where you can give a full multi dimensional background on all aspects of the

IR 29.1 New Generation Dub album cover design by Tapedave featuring photo by Naira

IR 29.1 New Generation Dub album cover design by Tapedave featuring photo by Naira

release.I t is being distributed by Believe Digital in France and therefore is available through a wide variety of worldwide digital download sites like itunes, juno , deezer, amazon etc.

There is a special media kit for this release created by Tape Dave and The Ghost  you can download it here http://www.dubreality.com/IR29-1Info.zip
The sequence of tracks came from a discussion on the art and dub of frequencies and sequencing between Ramjac and The Ghost. Ramjac chose the track sequence and The Ghost created some new edits forthis release. This sequencing is our imagining of us releasing a 12 inch vinyl .This would be the sequence we would utilise for that vinyl! So please enjoy !
The album title came from Tapedave who also did the album cover art which features a photo taken by Naira. The photo by Colombian photographer Naira was taken in front of the giant mural IR & Chite Yarumo painted in Bogota, Colombia . The occaison was a free afternoon outdoor concert & grafitti event organised by Rebel youth in Colombia and IR with a free concert with Dr Das , Bantu , Dj Soundar & Inbassion.The photo captures a moment with some of the Colombian children and Dj Soundar enjoying themselves during the show.
When we saw the photo one of thoughts that came to mind was ” these children could one day be IR sound engineers”
This thought became a foreshadowing of something that came to pass on this release. A 9 year old Rebel Indigenous Child was asked to record some new intros for tracks on this release . Her mother was recording her .The child overheard her mother saying that one of the intros would have to be redone before a word was mispronounced .She was so enthusiatic about being part of the release that the dub child without telling her mom went and took the recording device and recorded her intro over all by herself .!
you can hear her efforts on the Dr Das Dub Of Simplicity Mix.Very dub and in the process become the youngst IR sound engineer The album was produced by The Ghost,Dr Das , IR &The Spirit Of Galdino.

Those who wish to support the creative work of IR and  buy this album

at  Bandcamp  http://dubreality.bandcamp.com/ will receive a special bonus surprise dubwise track mixed by Dr Das featuring Dr Das ,Dj Soundar , Jerome Klur and Iquick. At the moment this bandcamp page is the only location where you can download this special bonus track

There is a special soundcloud page for this release you can access here https://soundcloud.com/indigenous-resistance/sets/ir-29-new-generation-dub-1

New IR BOOK IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub

New IR BOOK IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub

IR has a new book IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub.There is a special page for it http://www.indigenousdub.wordpress.com/
on this page you can hear audio recordings of readings from the book and receive different perspectives which will enhance your
overstanding of this book.The book is full of wonderful experimental dub art created by Dubdem. Here is an example of one of the images Dubdem created for this book. A collage featuring the record store owned by Augustus Pablo in Kingston ,Jamaica with images of indigenous people juxtaposed in the picture.

special collage created by Dubdem featured in IR book IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub.It features the record store owned by Augustus Pablo in Kingston,Jamaica.

special collage created by Dubdem featured in IR book IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub.It features the record store owned by Augustus Pablo in Kingston,Jamaica.

IR Indigenous Resistance worked with Augustus Pablo when he was alive
making tracks like ” Poundmakers Dub ” with him where we mixed indigenous chants and philosophy with dub music .Augustus Pable was a supporter of indigenous rights. Now his son Addis Pablo is about to release an album at the end of febuary entitled ” In my Father’s House” it will be available from Itunes here

Till then check out this dub documentary on Addis Pablo
we really appreciated this documentary because in addition to the music it presented some beautiful dub philosphy and reasoning .Some of the words espcially spoken by jamaican selector Gabre Sellasie really resonated deeply with us because it reminded us of words we had heard from indigenous elders in the South Pacific Islands.
Wonderful to watch if you interested in feeling and delving into the fullness of dub music & African traditions espcially on a deeper mystical level.

Photo entitled"Black Power" by  bass player Dr Das.This is the instrument he uses in his dubnoiz productions.

Photo aptly  entitled”Black Power” by bass player Dr Das.This is the instrument he uses in his dubnoiz productions.

Check out new album of dubnoiz by IR conspirator Dr Das entitled “Preparing 4 War” Dr Das describes dubnoiz in the following manner:

“Dubnoiz” is an attempt to reprimand dub, to grab it by the scruff of the neck and restore a sense of urgency. It is not music for professional activists. You won’t hear it at festivals, dub or otherwise. You will seldom hear it at all. You have to look for it. It’s designed as motivation and propulsion for those engaged in attempting change from the bottom upwards (bass and drums) / those not awaiting dictates from above (bassline) / those employing a diversity of tactics (bass, percussion and noiz). It is music for aliens and outsiders and unconventional thinkers. “

you can get his dubnoiz album  at the dr das bandcamp page

http://drdas.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-4-war

Also for those in the Portugese speaking world we would like you to know there is now a blog in Portugese done by  an IR conspirator that has a good introduction to understanding the struggle for a free West Papua and the struggle of the indigenous people there for liberation. Check the blog here or pass the link to those in portugese speaking countries that you know  http://navereda.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/onu-west-papua-povos-originarios-indonesia-genocidio/

free west papua!

free west papua!

Jan
30

IR  has created two new web pages for our new book IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub

The site for IR30 book is available here at  http://indigenousdub.wordpress.com/

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The artwork for the cover of the IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub was done by Dubdem. The cover for the album IR29 New Generation Dub was designed by Tapedave featuring a photo by Clombian photographer Naira.

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The site for our new musical release IR29 New Generation Dub is available here at http://newgenerationdub.wordpress.com/
Both these sites are full of things that will provide you with an extra dimensional view and appreciation of these new works  with special audio recordings and excerpts , detailed description of the creative process , special artwork and lots more !

Dec
24
GAMBELLA POSTER

In this poster designed by tapedave , the dynamics of the land grab in Gambella, Ethiopia is discussed.The poster is written in Amharic one of the principal languages of Ethiopia.

In Gambella, a western province of Ethiopia , thousands of the indigenous inhabitants have been displaced from their lands so that the government can lease it to foreign companies to establish commercial farms. This is in contradiction to official government policy that forbids local farmers from leasing & selling their farmlands.The government has leased the land at ridiculously low prices to these foreign companies so that they can establish large commercial farms.In order to do this ,thousands of the indigenous peoples have been terrorized & forcibly displaced from their lands. Villagers have been killed and thousands have fled to refugee camps in southern Sudan. While officially the government says there are no problems, that the inhabitants welcome the changes and that they are doing many things to improve the lives of the indigenous peoples, the reality is something else.Little effort has been made to respect the traditional lifestyles of the inhabitants and to provide them with expertise and tools to improve their own cultivation & to support local farmers. Instead the focus has been to facilitate foreign companies from countries like China, India, Pakistan,Saudi Arabi to create large commercial farms where most of what is produced will go outside of Ethiopia with little benefit to ordinary Ethiopians except officials who are receiving bribes and kickbacks from foreign companies..

This video contains an IR :: Indigenous Resistance trak that we did about the land grab in Gambella .All of the vocals are in one of the main languages spoken in Ethiopia which is Amharic. The video contains english subtitles and features:

Vocals by Amard

Bass: Dr Das

All vocals & instruments recorded in Ethiopia by The Ghost

Beats & textures: Herman “ Soy Sos “ Pearl
Mixed by “Soy Sos” at Tuff Sound Studio
Text written by The Ghost & Amard  c) IR 2012

Special thanks to tapedave for the super dub poster design.Feel free to download and post on a wall near you espcially if you live in area where there are Ethiopian communities .You can email us at jahdub.ghost .stories (@) gmail.com if you would like a pdf version .Thanks to conspirators inside Ethiopia for their contributions of translation, recording and sharing of knowledge.Special big up to Herman ” Soy Sos” Pearl and his astounding ability to create beats and dub textures from crude field recordings we send him and being so sensitive and adept at creating the necessary atmosphere in an IR track.

You can listen to the track and download it  for free here from the IR :: :: Indigenous Resistance soundcloud page

Jun
23

A few weeks ago IR and anonymous conspirators completed the first stage of our  IR31 Global Street Action .It was a simultaneous  street art action taking place in Brazil, Jamaica and Argentina . Posters designed by Dubdem were strategically placed on the streets in these  different countries .The posters conveyed information and support for the movement for a Free West Papua, the murdered Pataxo warrior Galdino and our homage to  grassroots indigenous movements in Turtle Island ( Turtle Island is an indigenous term referring to the North American continent ) that is fighting continuing modern day colonialism. The indigenous people of West Papua have been engaged for many years in a struggle for independence against an oppressive and brutal Indonesian regime. This IR  track ” Jungle Bases” which features Dr Das and a member of the West Papua liberation movement is a musical synopsis of that independence  struggle. You can listen to it and download it for free here:

The documentary ” Forgotten Birds Of Paradise” by Dominic Brown is another excellent resource for; overstanding the West Papua liberation struggle.You can watch it here:

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FREE WEST PAPUA JAMAICA PT 2Passerby checking out IR Free West Papua & Galdino Poster in Kingston, Jamaica at corner of Maeven &  Hope Road.

Galdino Jesus Dos Santos was a Pataxo warrior from Brazil who was in Brasilia to attend a land demarcation meeting for the Patoxo people . Having missed the last bus to his lodging he was asleep at a bus shelter awaiting the first bus in the morning when four youths; the sons of influential judges and lawyers in Brazil’s capital poured gasoline on a sleeping Galdino and set him on fire. He later died of 3rd degree burns to 90% of his body .His murderers received preferential treatment while in jail awaiting trial and then received a minimal sentence and were soon back on the streets.Outraged IR has been determined not to let this case be swept under the rug. This track Galdino: Pataxo Warrior ( Sawandi’s Defiance In The Shadows Mix) features Jah 9 ( who recently released an excellent album “ New Name “, Zumbi & The Ghost and is a musical dissection of this case.You can listen to & download for free Sawandi’s mix here :

The case of Galdino is one that the system in Brazil is reluctant to deal with . If one really looks deeply into the case then you are forced to confront the racism faced by indigenous people, the theft and exploitation of their ancestral lands and other issues of social injustice in Brazil. For  example Galdino’s murderers said what they did was ” a joke” and it was “just” a homeless person they thought they were setting on fire reflecting  the dynamics of how some with economic power in Brazil view those who they feel have less economic power.

IR GALDINO POSTER SAO PAULO

GALDINO BRASIL POSTER 2
IR Galdino posters at Rua Augusta,Sao Paulo, Brazil.

IR created the Never Been Idle posters as a homage and in support to indigenous grassroots protests that have been taking place in North America espcially in the country that most refer to as Canada. Ironically the current prime minister of Canada stated that Canada never experienced colonialism. Our position is not only did colonialism exist but it is an ongoing scenario.The original inhabitants of Turtle Islands are still today having the minerals and resources on their ancestral lands exploited for the economic benefit of the Canadian settler government without fair compensation for indigenous peoples, consideration of their traditional lifestyle & practices  and without thought  for potential environmental damage. At the same time despite all the official talk to the contrary there is still discrimination and ongoing genocide being practiced against indigenous people . Lets not forget that the reservation system and Indian Act in Canada was a model and inspiration for the racist system of apartheid that used to be in place in South Africa.

NEVER BEEN IDLE JAMAICA
IR Never Been Idle poster at Hope Road ( in front of Jamaica
House) Kingston, Jamaica.

WE  INVITE   FOLKS   WORLDWIDE  TO  PARTICIPATE   IN IR31    GLOBAL  STREET  ACTION The next step of the global street action has now begun and this is where we invite folks worldwide to participate. The Ghost and Tapedave have created a dub IR web page where you can download the posters for free

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and then we invite folks to put them up in their part of the world and send us a photo of the poster up on the street and we will post it on our social media .The webpage is multilingual in English, Spanish and the Ethiopian language Amharic ,check it out here on the IR website. This is the url for the webpage in case you just want to copy & paste it http://www.dubreality.com/StreetAction.html IR  **BLOG SHOT The background for this web page depicts various murals & art actions IR did collaborating with Rebel youth in Colombia. in the meantime check out some books by IR conspirators that have either been newly published or reprinted . Tapedave has released a book of lyricals called ” The Mud Folio”

there are some crucial lyrics here and our favorites are the ones with an edge we would could see a cool post punk band covering.We like what Hugo Burnham of the band ‘ Gang Of Four” commented : “As a drummer who only ever wrote one set of song lyrics that went on a record…I have no idea how David does this stuff without a guitar-player to constantly argue with ” Also if you are a fan of great writing and the do it yourself ethic like we are check out dave’s post ” Mud has been flung” here on the reality of self publishing .Invaluable and enjoyable at the same time.Dave also writes blog posts for the Berkley College Of Music’ Berklee Blogs.His blog posts are a favorite of The Ghost for its side splitting witty yet educational dissections of the beast called ” The Music Business” Check this post on the art writing the infamous artist bio.

IR:: Indigenous Resistance has just republished our book ” Understanding The Connections Between Black & Aboriginal Peoples : The Links Between African-American, Black , Native American and Indigenous Cultures A very sincere, heartfelt reflection on our book by  Maori hip-hop artist and film maker Te Kupu. The dub of his words moved us. Thanx bro.”Your book is crucial in the telling of our stories, for us to look at ourselves and express our own views , instead of always having our realities viewed from the eurocentric state of mind, this is what I liked a lot – the knowledge that you weren´t viewing the people you met as the “others” but as family. It´s necessary work.” The book IR9 Indigenous & Black Wisdubs: The links between Indigenous& Black philosphy & political thought .This book features words of wisdub from folks like John Trudell, Jeannette Armstrong, Douglas Cardinal , Assatta Shakur , Jean ‘Binta ‘ Breeze.

The book IR9 Indigenous & Black Wisdubs: The links between Indigenous& Black philosphy & political thought .This book features words of wisdub from folks like John Trudell, Jeannette Armstrong, Douglas Cardinal , Assatta Shakur , Jean ‘Binta ‘ Breeze. IR has a programme we call Freedub and this is where we give free copies of music , art and publications that we have created to subversive folks. Sometime back while IR was trodding in jamaica we freedubbed a copy of our book IR9 Indigenous & Black Wisdubs to a jamaican youth activist we encountered in our movements.At the time of our meeting we had no idea of what he was involved with but we clearly felt his subversive potential. So imagine our surprise when some time later we came across this clip on youtube and it was the same activist Dutty Bookman reading an excerpt from our book at an event called ” ART’ical Exposure” for the group Manifesto Jamaica who use the arts & culture to empower Jamaican youth ART’ical Exposure .Here is a video of that moment:

Subsequently Dutty wrote and in true dubversive , do it yourself fashion ;self published a very dub book called ” Tried & True: Revelations Of A Rebellious Youth”You can purchase his book here currently IR is putting some excerpts of this book to music. Already one track “3 lions” has been completed with music by Sawandi, Dr Das , Omar Francis with a dub beautiful mix by Ramjac at Hampstead Music & Voice Studio in UK . Another track is in the works with Dutty reading an excerpt from a new upcoming IR book IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub alongside music created by Dj Soundar and Sawandi mixed by Ramjac.The track will also feature voices of school children in Colombia reading aloud words from ” Tried & True ” as they were being painted on an IR /Chite Yarumo mural in Bogota , Colombia.

HANDS OFF ASSATTA SHAKUR!

HANDS OFF ASSATTA SHAKUR …the FbI has announced they have increased the reward on Assatta Shakur to 2 million dollars… well IR did an in person collaboration with her and we say F..k OFF to the FBI ….Not only do we see this demonisation of her as a direct attack on Black women who resist but also it seems to us its a conscious effort to try to deter all those who resist espcially rebel youth in u.s.a.

220px-AssatabioCheck out the autobiography of Assata Shakur and form your own opinion

This is the very first mix of the track Reluctant Warrior that later became ” Committed to Life” on the Asian Dub Foundation  ” Community Music ” album. This is a raw mix done by Deeder Zaman, Dr Das, Chandrasonic , Sun J and Pandit G . Its raw , done on probably 4 traks and we absolutely love it ! So when you hear Babylon media commentary on Assata Shakur check out her words here and form your own opinion.

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Dec
17

These are some words from Dr Das
“I recently went to Manipur, India with Chandrasonic and Sunjay representing ADF, to collaborate on a song with the musician/singer/poet Akhu of Imphal Talkies for an episode of the music series The Dewarists. Here is that episode- the documentation of the entire creative process and the final performance of the song “Qutub Minar.””

From our perspective the programme has some very inspirational heartfelt words from Sunjay about the importance of doing what you truly believe in. There are also good humour and some dangerous dubversive words / perspectives ( espcially about the subversive potential of pure sound ) from Dr Das . It was really great to see the IR Galdino t shirt Dr Das was wearing during the interview.Brazilian media still doesn”t want to really deal with the murder of Pataxo warrior Galdino but through the dub efforts of many we honour Galdino ‘s memory and use creative ways to do so .

Dr Das wearing IR Galdino t shirt designed by Dubdem.

Dr Das mogelling IR Galdino t shirt designed by Dubdem in a photo taken by Ramjav .Dr Das then used his mogelling ability in a subversive way by wearing this shirt during the Dewarist televison program.

listen and download for free a Wav file of Sawandi’s Galdino :Defiance In The Shadows Mix
featuring Jah9 ,Zumbi and other dubversives

Curently Sawandi &the Ghost are working on putting passages of IR 9 Wisdubs and Dutty Bookman’s dubist book” Tried & True:Revelations Of A Rebellious Youth” to music ..These mixes will incorporate some different musical like Kumina which is traditional African ceremonial practice still active in Jamaica .
At the same time Dubdem is designing new posters and visual mixes for a new IR book
here are some of the new visual dub images designed by Dubdem

dubdem design with words of dutty bookman and IR9 Wisdubs translated into ethiopian language of amharic

dubdem design with words of dutty bookman and IR9 Wisdubs translated into ethiopian language of amharic

new poster designed by Dubdem for new IR book featuring words of Tohununo from Sosolakam

new poster designed by Dubdem for new IR book featuring words of Tohununo from Sosolakam

IR has it own particular style of distrubtion using various ways and means adapting to the moment .. sometimes its hand to hand through dub conspirators, freedub …. free copies given by out by travelling conspirators. In Brazil Zumbi used to distribute IR recordings on his hand drawn cart that travelled throughout the various neighbourhoods of Rio DE Janeiro…Now in Jamaica…you can find the IR recordings and creations through I-Nation Books & Necessities A super dub mobile unit selling radical books ..I Nations is always setting up at different cultural and conscious musical events in Jamaica and is known for having the reading materialthat is on point and subversive ..so if you are ever trodding in Jamaica…look for this dub bredren I Nation if you are looking for some IR material..

I-Nation exclusive distributor of IR  cds in Jamaica

I-Nation exclusive distributor of IR cds in Jamaica

Nov
29

panoramic view of IR mural in Bogota, Colombia

IR VISUAL DUB ….

Image of Jah9 as painted by Chite Yarumo as part of IR mural in Bogota,Colombia

PURE DUB MOMENT

Dj Soundar in front of IR mural in Plaza de Candelaria, Bogota ,Colombia..behind him is stencil art of Dr Das wearing a Galdino t shirt as well as IR visual shout out to adrian sherwood and the ON U Sound label who have generously done mixes for IR

REBEL YOUTH IN COLOMBIA

Dj Soundar in Bogota passing on skills in workshop organised by rebel youth in Colombia

IR FREEDUBBING REBEL TOOLS IN AFRICA

Rebel youth in Ethiopia reading copy of “Tried& True” by Dutty Bookman that IR gave them

rebel youth in Ethiopia totally engrossed reading IR9 Black& Indigenous Wisdubs that we gave them for free…more IRfreedubbing in Africa

NEW IR RECORDING : SAWANDI, THE GHOST, DUTTY BOOKMAN, SOY SOS , DR DAS
PUTTING PASSAGES OF THESE TWO BOOKS TO MUSIC

a Dubdem design…Dutty Bookman’s ‘Tried& True” meets ‘ IR9 Indigenous & Black Wisdubs”

VIDEO BY THE DANGEROUS EDITOR IN COLOMBIA DUB MUSIC WITH DR DAS, SAWANDI, JAH9,DELROY”FATTA’POTTINGER WITH SKYZOFRENIA KIDS BREAKDANCERS

Nov
29

IR 20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head
RERELEASED BY IR IN 2012 WITH REMASTERED TRACKS, NEW EDITS& UNRELEASED TRACK…
The following are some commentaries written about the album when it was first released:
“This is probably one of the most unusual and creative dub records you’re ever likely to hear. Imagine typical bottom-heavy, bass-filled Jamaican dub reggae — complete with horns, percussion, the whole nine yards — mixed with traditional Native American vocal music (don’t ask how it works, just believe that somehow it does). Now add spoken word samples from Native American, black, Russian, women’s lib, and other sociopolitical leaders discussing the effects of colonial imperialism and totalitarian governments on the common man (and, of course, woman), and what you get is this radically inventive album.Give them credit for crafting a thought-provoking concept piece that matches cool grooves with a progressively conscious message. ~”Bret Love, All music
“The music on “Dancing on John Wayne’s Head” is a vital expression of cultural exchange and resistance. Just as Bob Marley provided inspiration for Third World liberation forces during the ’70s and ’80s, we will need these uplifting rhythms as we renew the struggle against Babylon into the next century.”
Jon Greenbaum, Solidarity magazine

IR 20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head

The following is a track by track breakdown of the release highlighting some of the political thought behind each piece of music.
Track 1 “Poundmakers Dub (Remastered ) “feat. Augustus Pablo.

This new edition of Dancing On John Wayne’s Head starts off with a remastered dub mix of Poundmakers Dub ..our musical tribute to this Cree resistance warrior. The story of how TFTT found about Poundmaker is an interesting one. One day we were sitting in an Aboriginal youth center listening to some drumming. Andy who was one of the aboriginal youth singing came to us and said” Do you
know that there was a famous Cree warrior from the nineteenth century who had long dreadlocks? ‘ we were really surprised . We hadnt heard of this.Andy gave us the name of a book and said find this book and you will see what Im talking .Sure enough we found a picture of Chief Poundmaker a great warrior who refused to cut his hair and yes indeed he had long and beautiful dreadlocks!
I.R recently created a mural in Colombia which featured image of Poundmaker beside images Jah9 and Franz Fanon. You can see pictures of that mural at the IR Indigenous Resistance tumbir page a href=”http://tinyurl.com/8urucbj”
BELOW IS A VIDEO that was made for the track “Poundmaker’s Dub’

Track 2 “ Basslines & Ballistics 2012 IR Edit “feat. Eagleheart Singers

This is an extended Jazz Dub edit done by IR of the track ‘Basslines & Ballistics” in
which has Harry Allen making the point that instead of ‘dialogue’ he felt
“I think what most black people want what people from the Seneca nation from the Mohawk nation want would be activity {action} massive amounts of it”

Track 3 Ohtokin (Manasseh Remix) feat Oku Onuora

Ohtokin the fiery dub poem by Jamaican pioneer dub poet Oku Onuora gets a special roots remix from dubmaster Nick Manasseh with added percussion from Crispin ‘ Spry ‘ Robinson. Oku chants “this is not the time to weep ,this is a time to seek a way out..because there can be no justice on stolen land” One of the impetuses for the track was an aboriginal resistance magazine put out by indigenous activist Gord Hill called Oh-tok -in. Gord who has recently released a comic book called ‘ 500 Years Of Resistance ” writes about some of the historical realities that faced aboriginal peoples in north america. For instance the fact many aspect of the apartheid system in South Africa were actually based on what South African authorities viewed when they visited indigenous reservations in Canada and how they witnessed the Indian Act in Canada operating to oppress indigenous peoples.

Track 4 ‘New Ways Of Looking At Power’ (Remastered) feat Augustus Pablo .

Sometimes You Need To Shake Things Up…
Like poet Sandille Dikeni refers to ..sometimes its necessary to shake shake things up in order to challenge the system..

The fourth track ‘New Ways Of Looking At Power’ certainly did that when it was created and released. Initiated and produced
by a male member of TFTT the track made some feel very very uncomfortable and at the same time was empowering and liberating for others.

The track features spoken word from women of colour who were asked to talk about the issues they felt men of colour needed to address espcially around issues of sexism. Musically it featured contributions from folks like Augustus Pablo, Scully, King Jammy and traditional singer Kelly White…
Here are some excerpts from the track..
The first is spoken by Farah Shroff:
“I would like all our brothers to realise that women who are involved in the political struggle also have a struggle to face against you because often you haven’t realised there are many levels to the struggles. The struggle start with yourself, the struggle starts with all of us..part of the thing we are always facing is trying to understand how to liberate ourselves within the context of a racist,misogynist society .and while we can feel alot of solidarity with our brothers of colour..the misogyny is perpetuated by you just as it is by the racist society…”
[** one dictionary definition of misogyny defines it as ‘ the hatred or dislike of women or girls . According to feminist theory, misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women and the objectification of women”}
From Jon Leah :
“Slavery is like going into the armed forces if you like. the whole initial objective was to break us as people. and we managed to hold on to some things and we are very proud of those things..i think had we not become malleable …perhaps we would not have been able to survive on this continent ..so that’s the upside.. the downside was that part of that malleability was conforming to the points of views and social structures of our masters, the people who owned us..
and the end result is that we have adopted much more of their philosophy than we are required to ,,,.you can’t live with masters without becoming like them and we have to ferret out that portion of being like the masters that we are not happy with and not comfortable with that we see as detrimental to us as a community and move to change those things and it will not be easy but it seems to me its probably worth the effort”

From Kerrie Charnley :
“what makes it terrifying is that with all this focus on white male power that men of colour have , there is an obsession to get that power.. that white male power.. with all that focus .what happens when and if they get that power.. what happens to the women ? it’s not going to be a pretty picture. so what needs to happen is that there needs to be new ways of looking at power.”

Jon Greenbaum interviwed TFTT about this track who had this to say:
“”We need a more wide open inclusive vision when people of color strategize. There are a variety of cultures that all have various backgrounds and political lessons that we can learn from.”This is especially true in
the track, “New Ways of Looking at Power,” in which women confront their male counterparts in the movement and comment on how the movement recreates the status quo through internalizing old conceptions of power. [ the track's producer ]sees the cut as crucial. He found a lot of resistance to this track. Other men saw him as a traitor. “But we can’t negate somebody’s potential contribution because of their gender either.”

Track 5 Prayer To Jah( remastered ) feat Don Patrick Martin

This is a track speaking to the need to be fearless and courageous and to value our selves in the face of an oppressive system that is often telling us the opposite.In this track John Trudell former chairperson of the American Indian Movement says
“as human being we are all valid we are all worth something “

Track 6 Guava Juice (Moltov Cocktail Mix) feat Sandille Dikeni

South African poet Sandille Dikeni featured on track” Guava Juice”

One of the highlights of ‘IR20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head’ is the track ‘Guava Juice ‘ remastered in 2012 by Spider in Kingston , Jamaica.

It is a fiery resistance poem by South African poet Sandille Dikeni during the time of apartheid ..’ Guava Juice ” which is slang in South Africa for molotov cocktail and was an inspiration for many in the struggle against apartheid. It also features Rupinder Kaur reciting excerpts from a poem by revolutionary indian poet Bismal .The poem was a favorite of prominent Indian anti imperialist ,anti British revolutionary Bhagat Singh .Roughly translated from Punjabi it means’ for oppressed people ,one of the biggest obstacles is the realisation that one is valuable as a human being. Now that we have realised that and achieved our goal of self realisation as a nation as well as a culture, the only thing that remains is to see how much strength is there left in the oppressors arms’

Track 7 Blakk Indian Posse ( 2012 IR Groove Edit )

. A pure groove mix with dancehall inflexion and featuring this quote from the book ‘The Spook Who Sat By The Door’ by Sam Greenlee.. this is not about hating white folks it’s about loving freedom enough to die for it .”

Track 8 Empire In Dust ( Mad Professor Dub Mix)

….a new unreleased dub mix by the Mad Professor..pure drum and bass..with a title that is a reference to the decline of colonial empires…

Track 9 Beyond Survival Dub ( Remastered ) feat Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread & Chuck D

As Chuck D of seminal rap group Public Enemy says at the start of this track “Im coming up hearing Columbus discovered America ..well how the hell can man discover land when he’s got brothers here waiting for him”

Augustus Pablo featured on some of IR20 tracks


Some of the traks from this release are available for free download on the indigenous resistance soundcloud page but if you wish to help us cover some of the costs we incur for things like remastering of tracks you can buy traks in the following locations:
IR20 Dancing is available on Itunes HERE, Beatport HERE, Juno and through Believe Digital (france)

Aug
25

The dubversive joy and focus of IR has been in the hidden creative process,working away in the shadows, away from media glare to create lyrical and musical awareness. The real dub joy has been in having some dub creative studio sessions where creativity and forthright expression have been the only concerns,focusing on the creation of video and community art projects like the creation of giant murals in public spaces.This joy also stems from has been sharing knowledge, improvising…encouraging others to take things further and been inspired when they do …working in trust with people … being inspired by and feeling a responsibility for new dub children that have come into this world. Showing by actual example that things can take place in an organic, self-sufficient way and that they do not have to be organised by an ngo (non governmental agency) or indeed by the government…. So the latest IR project done in Colombia..was truly dub for us. Working with the Rebel youth there…. painting the walls to circumvent some of the artificial restraints set up by the system especially in regards to images shown. Comments by onlookers confirmed some of our intentions behind the use of certain images on the wall.

You can enjoy larger and more pictures from this project by going to the IR Indigenous Resistance Tumbir page here

One passerby looked at the image of Janine ” Jah 9″ Cunningham and remarked ” I always see images of Rasta men on walls but this is the first time I see a black Rasta woman with dreadlocks painted here in Colombia”

painting of jah 9 ….roots designers mamayashi and tuff like iron are also painted there …look closely

An indigenous man who follows Rastafarian faith and who has made a real effort to study Rastafari and African history was amazed to see the quote from Dutty Bookman that referenced Marcus Garvey. He said ‘ You know I always wanted to see Marcus Garvey mentioned on Colombian walls because when he was alive he came to Colombia and he is someone with such important ideas. But I never see him mentioned in graffiti here. “. and then he said to us ” In Colombia there is so much discrimination towards black people .So many people don’t even associate black people with writing books. To be honest I cant believe you manage to paint a quote from a black writer, on top of that a black author with dreadlocks, with a quote referring to Marcus Garvey and its right at the entrance of a school; so its the first thing students see when they enter. The students see an image of a Rasta man talking about the importance of reading and the importance of knowledge, it is showing the black people in a different way to the children.”.. Well his words had a prophetic ring to them .later on as the final letters of the Dutty Bookman quote were being painted on the wall…. a group of young students about to enter the school gathered fascinated to watch the painting and in a very dub moment they all started reading aloud the excerpt from ‘Tried and True’. A very powerful moment!

The text when translated means” Marcus Garvey said to read. Knowledge is the key.I know this is true from my own ilife experience.I am not afraid to admit to anyone im coming from a state of complete ignorance.My ignorance exists in many ways today , but each time I pick up a book, complete it and put it down, I feel more powerful.Knowledge is power.”Duty Bookman

Then there was the dreadlocks woman from Argentina whose mother is an indigenous woman from Peru .She stood staring transfixed at the image of Franz Fanon in the mural and then said ‘ You know the introduction to his book “Wretched Of The Earth “is one of the most amazing things I have read in my life but I never imagine I would see this on a wall “

franz fanon on the left dutty bookman on the right

Besides the current IR mural is another IR mural that Chite Yarumo painted two years ago…one of the scenes depicts an indigenous woman with a megaphone leading a demonstration and being part of a nationwide protest march that took place in Colombia called the ‘ La Minga Indigenia’. At the moment the current mural was being painted there was a big indigenous protest and standoff with the government in Cauca.Many believe government military forces there were actually part of an overall government plan to control the rich resources and farmlands of the territory occupied by indigenous people so they could later on be sold to the highest corporate bidder. Members of the group F.A.R.C who were waging an insurgency movement against the government were also simultaneously in the indigenous territory, selling narcotics to ‘ bankroll ‘ their struggle. Indigenous people were getting involved in the cocaine trade and it was starting to erode their communities. Finally the indigenous people got fed up and decided that they wanted to be left alone and live in peace and started expelling both the government forces and the F.A.R.C from their territory. Of course since alot was a stake, their actions caused immense repercussions… One passerby who was explaining this to us complained angrily to us about how the mainstream media in Colombia were portraying the protesting indigenous people ” they show them like they are animals, they don’t explain what’s really happening” at the moment she said this ,a small colorful bus with some activists drove by with a woman singing songs of support for the indigenous people of Cauca to the cheers of all the people who were around.

jah 9 , hualani kay trask and chief poundmaker

Besides the image of Jah 9 we painted a quote from Douglas Cardinal. Translated it means ” We almost have to reinvent a language that shows respect for women. As men if we walked in their shoes for a while we would be outraged ” We felt this quote was especially appropriate given that an upsurge in cases of violence against women in the world ,Colombia being no exception. Recently in Colombia there was one week when 87 women were murdered and in a particularly horrific case, a woman raped and tortured in Bogota’s Parque Nacional.

D.WattsRiot

stencil art by chite yarumo showing IR musical contributors D.WattsRiot, Sawandi and Dr Das

IR relaiming the walls!

As this section of the mural was being painted we invited the Skyzophrenia kids a group of break dancers from a distant and economically depressed area to come and dance in front of where we were painting and filming.

SKYZOFRENIA ”KIDS “ bailar delante de mural en Bogotá, Colombia.Ver un hermoso video realizado por Santiago Ospina Castro ir27 shadow wars  donde puedan verlos bailando como el mural fue pintado.

SKYZOFRENIA ”KIDS “ delante de mural de IR en Bogotá. Colombian breakdancers SKYZOFRENIA ”KIDS “ in front of IR mural.

As they started dancing all these people started gathering around applauding in appreciation of their performance. Folks nearby who were nearby practicing trick moves on their bikes decide to join in and suddenly a spontaneous show was happening for people in the community.

bike riders doing riding tricks for the public in front of IR mural.

Something that those watching really enjoyed. Afterwards we had great conversations with the dancers talking about things happening in the world especially in Africa and everyone left with a very  good vibe. Fortunately for us some of the Rebel youth invited some of their friends to come and film what was happening. They managed to capture the vibrancy and energy of the moment and the neighborhood where the mural was being painted. Then Santiago Ospina Castro who we nicknamed ‘The Dangerous Editor’ put together a beautiful video that used a lot of natural light to great effect. Fittingly he used a make a type of camera whose catalogue title is actually the ‘Rebel’ make… Please pay special attention to the graffiti at the very start of the video. It was done by Anamaria and Santiago .Two rebel youth who on their own iniative went and did a piece of graffiti that depicted the IR logo. It was an especially wonderful surprise for us as this is what IR isabout !!Encouraging folks to take the iniative and use the creative resistance that is within them. As the final edit was done on the video we completed, equipment and painting materials being packed the Rebel youth realised that they had only a few minutes to catch the last bus home. So we all ran frantically carrying boxes of equipment to catch up with the last bus as it pulled into the station. As we ran we switched the carrying of boxes so one person could run ahead with a lighter load …after several hundred yard of flat out sprinting we just beat the bus pulling into the station. An exhilarating run and a fitting end to a great project.Cuz in IR style we enter, we work, we disappear… Special dub thanks to Chite Yarumo who painted for 5 days through rain, wind and sun and with very painful tendonitis in his arm, the dub people who bought us food especially from the ‘underground restaurant’, the family of artists with their beautiful new baby who visited us each day, Manueladub for translating the passages we painted on the wall, the very charming and extremely popular photographer who helped us with taking pictures and extra special thanks to “The Dangerous Editor ‘ the very talented Santiago Ospina Castro who did such a wonderful job capturing and editing the video and all the rebel youth whose music and wonderful company we shared during the project.

Enjoy the video of the experience !
Further news and updates about IR works can be found on our facebook page IR Indigenous Resistance (here)

IR27 Shadow Wars from Santiago Ospina on Vimeo.

Aug
16

IR20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head : visual remix by dubdem

“Shake that unifying medicine before its too late ..shake before the time comes to pass..and throw throw kanbani..that liquid of capitalist invention”Sandille Dikeni.

IR has just rereleased IR 20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head .
One of the highlights of ‘IR20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head’ is the track ‘Guava Juice ‘ remastered in 2012 by Spider in Kingston , Jamaica.

It is a fiery resistance poem by South African poet Sandille Dikeni during the time of apartheid ..’ Guava Juice ” which is slang in south africa for molotov cocktail and was an inspiration for many in the struggle against apartheid. It also features Rupinder Kaur reciting excerpts from a poem by revolUtionary indian poet Bismal .The poem was a favorite of promenient Indian anti imperialist ,anti British revolutionary Bhagat Singh .Roughly translated from Punjabi it means’ for oppressed people,one of the biggest obstacles is the realisation that one is valuable as a human being.Now that we have realised that and achieved our goal of self realisation as a nation as well as a culture,the only thing that remains is to see how much strength is there left in the oppressors arms’

SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SHAKE THINGS UP…
Like poet Sandille Dikeni refers to ..sometimes its necessary to shake shake things up in order to challenge the system…
the track ‘New Ways Of Looking At Power’ certainly did that when it was created and released.Iniated and produced
by a male member of TFTT the track made some feel very very uncomfortable and at the same time was empowering and liberating for others.

The track features spoken word from women of colour who were asked to talk about the issues they felt men of colour needed to adress espcially around issues of sexism.Musically it featured contributions from folks like Augustus Pablo, Scully, King Jammy and traditional singer Kelly White…
Here are some excerpts from the track..
The first is spoken by Farah Shroff:
“I would like all our brothers to realise that women who are involved in the political struggle also have a struggle to face against you because often you havent realised there are many levels to the struggles.the struggle start with yourself, the struggle starts with all of us..part of the thing we are always facing is trying to understand how to liberate ourselves within the context of a racist,misogynist society .and while we can feel alot of solidarity with our brothers of colour..the misogyny is perpetuated by you just as it is by the racist society…”

[** one dictionary defintion of misogyny defines it as ‘ the hatred or dislike of women or girls . According to feminist theory, misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination,denigration of women, violence against women and the objectification of women”}
From Jon Leah :
“Slavery is like going into the armed forces if you like.the whole initial objective was to break us as people. and we managed to hold on to some things and we are very proud of those things..i think had we not become malleable …perhaps we would not have been able to survive on this continent ..so thats the upside..the downside was that part of that malleability was conforming to the points of views and social structures of our masters, the people who owned us..
and the end result is that we have adopted much more of their philosphy than we are required to ,,,.you cant live with masters without becoming like them and we have to ferret out that portion of being like the masters that we are not happy with and not comfortable with that we see as detrimental to us as a community and move to change those things and it will not be easy but it seems to me its probably worth the effort”
From Kerrie Charnley :
“what makes it terrifying is that with all this focus on white male power that men of colour have , there is an obsession to get that power..that white male power..with all that focus .what happens when and if they get that power..what happens to the women ? its not going to be a pretty picture. so what needs to happen is that there needs to be new ways of looking at power.”

This is a video for another track from the Indigenous Resistance release IR20 Dancing On John Wayne’s Head…the track Poundmakers Dub feat Augustus Pablo ,John Trudell, Santa Davis , Scully,Mikey Dread aka ‘Dread at The Controls” who mixed music for The Clash …..and famed Channel One Studio engineer Bunny Tom Tom..
The track made in honour of Chief Poundmaker (1842 – 4 July 1886) …a Cree warrior  and resistance leader who also happened to have dreadlocks…This track was remastered in 2012 by Spider in Kingston, Jamaica and video was done by Tamasgan and features imagery taken by IR in Ethiopia.
IR has reissued a new version of the cd Dancing On John Wayne’s Head ….this new version has remastered traks, new edits ,
a new trak by Mad Professor , a remix by Nick Manasseh. This is a more streamlined version of the original cd, with more sonic variety ..it is available here from Believe Digital , Wav files are available from Dance specialists Beatport here > ,Itunes & many other digiital download sites
For further news and updates on IR releases go to our facebook page IR Indigenous Resistance (here)

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