Dub Reality
Indigenous Resistance

Mar
11

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Una hermana Dub de Eritrea, Mimi Ketelya, nos envió este inspirador comentario acerca del nuevo diseño de IR” “Mientras ella hablaba, él escuchaba en silencio” Su comentario provocó una conversación Dub y pensamientos, así que queremos compartirlo con ustedes ❝Selam, la imagen que publicó hoy me hizo sonreír tan gratamente que tuve que compartirlo. Es tan tan empoderante y simple. Me hizo repensar y corregirme para que mi energía esté limpia y pueda generar confianza cuando hablo. Me recordó mi responsabilidad como mujer también. Doy profundas gracias”❞.
El diseño en realidad surgió porque un miembro masculino de IR que se mueve en las sombras nos envió esta frase. Esto es lo que él escribió: ❝Yo estaba con estas hermanas Dub cuando una de ellas corrió a donde su otra hermana, las dos estaban compartiendo un montón de historias muy interesantes, así que me quedé callado y escuché. Después de un tiempo una de las mujeres se disculpó conmigo y me dijo: “Lo siento, estamos hablando demasiado”. Entonces le dije: “No tienes nada que disculparte, lo que estás hablando es muy Dub y estoy aprendiendo mucho”. Cuando nos íbamos, la misma mujer me dijo: “Gracias, he aprendido mucho de su silencio”❞
De Dr Das: ❛gracias por este mensaje y la historia detrás de la nueva frase de IR “Mientras ella hablaba…” Increíble! Escuchar, en esta sociedad, particularmente en este mundo patriarcal, es tan menospreciado, es considerado como una actividad ‘pasiva’, o incluso un acto de debilidad. En realidad, es empoderar tanto a la persona que es escuchada, como al oyente❜
Desde Tapedave ❝Hombres, silencio cuando las mujeres hablan. Podrían aprender algo❞
Gracias a Dub in The Shadows por la traducción

Mar
10

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This is a new IR design done by Dubdem that was recently posted on our facebook IR ::Indigenous Resistance.
A dub Eritrean sistren Mimi Ketelya wrote us this very inspiring comment about the new IR design .Her comments sparked alot of dub conversation and thoughts so we wanted to share it with you

❝Selam, the picture you posted today made me smile so much i had to repost it. It is so so so so empowering and simple. Made me rethink and correct myself so that my energy is clean and can be trusted when i speak. It reminded me of my responsibility as a woman too. I give deep thanks”❞
The design actually came from an encounter that a male member of IR who moves in the shadows sent to us.This is what he wrote:
❝I was with this dub sistren and she ran into this other dub sistren and the two of them were sharing a lot of very dub stuff
So I just stood quietly and listened .
After some time one of the women apologised to me and said sorry we are talking too much .
I said no you have nothing to apologise for
What you are talking is so dub
I’m learning a lot
When we were departing the same woman said to me
Thank you
I learnt alot from your silence❞

From Dr Das
❛Thank you for this message and the story behind the new IR phrase “As she spoke…” Awesome.To listen, in this society, particuarly this patriarchal world, is so demeaned, considered to be a ‘passive’ activity, or even an act of weakness. Actually, it is empowering to both the person who is listened to, and the listener.❜
From Tapedave
❝Men, Quiet When Women Talk. You Might Learn Something.❞

Feb
08

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IR conspirator Dr Das is about to release a cassette from his new electronic project  Dhangsa.The cassette will be entitled “Sixth Extinction”Dhangsa was referenced in the recent IR mural painted in Bogota ,Colombia by Chite Yarumo.
Dhangsa means “destruction” in Bengali.Dr Das describes Dhangsa as a contemporary twist on rhythm and noise.Dhangsha, aka Dr Das, bassist and co-founder of Asian Dub Foundation, creates minimalist electronica where sparse but heavy, syncopated beats interact with looped noise. His mission is to explore the beauty of repetition, minimalism and fragmentation in sound. It is a return to his roots in experimental rhythm and noise, going back nearly 35 years, which pre-dates his involvement with dub. He uses little more than an Elektron Digitakt sampler/sequencer which is fed through a RAT distortion pedal to emulate the sound of damaged speakers/reverberating windows at a warehouse party/broken transmissions from outer space.
‘Dhangsha’ is Bengali for ‘destruction.’ This music is designed for aliens, outsiders and unconventional thinkers and dancers.
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You can listen to Dr Das being interviewed on SOAS radio  by DJ Isuru Perera – discussing the aesthetics of Noise within electronic and dance music culture and making experimental music for people of colour.You can listen to the interview  on Mixcloud

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IR Brazilian  conspirators Dubdem have launched their new music and art label. The music label started in 2018 but Dubdem has produced cultural music, visual arts, exhibitions, events and books over the last 20 years. Since 1997  has collaborated with  the global collective Indigenous Resistance and their Free Dub project,hich provides  free download of books, music and posters with the focus on indigenous culture from Jamaica, the Americas  and Africa .

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In 2006  Dubdem Sound System started operating , playing gigs in Brazil until 2012. They organised several gigs in memory of the murdered Pataxo warrior Galdino including some events with  Deeder  Zaman the original lead rapper  with Asian Dub Foundation.After a six year pause ,the sound system is back in action, now with a new concept: Dubdem Reggae Live Broadcast.

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Linked since 2012 with Powers Records ; the Jamaican label of Negril´s veteran singjay Karubel, Dubdem Music will work to reveal independent artists from different places of the world, mixing styles and voices, an experimental music journey guided by reggae vibes. Conscious music; rub a dub riddims; resistance messages; positive vibrations; history; indigenous  peoples` cultures  and roots from Jamaica, Brazil, Africa; ancient  philosophy mixed inna contemporary groove; thats the motion, to mix them all inna dubdem style. Check the Dubdem website  http://www.dubdem.com.br for more information about Dubdem projects and downloads.

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The artist Karubel
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The Artist Karubel was born in Trelawney, Jamaica, 1965 and started to sing  from a young age  at school. When he was  18 years old he  decided to be a professional singer and started with the professional name  “Sugar Dee.” “Who gave me dis name was a postman”, says Karubel. In 1988 recorded his first singles with the mighty King Tubby. He also recorded  some songs under the name ” Buzzrock Warrior.”

With three album  on his own label Powers Records (”Memba Dat”, “Put Some Love Inna Your Heart” and “Problems”) Sugar Dee also produced singles in Jamaica and Europe with many singers and musicians like Super Cat, Alley C, Robert Livingstone, Mickey Scoɉ, Sly & Robbie, Bobby Murphy, Ragga Yves, Jah Webb and Luciano. Since 2008 Karubel has been on  tour into Europe and United States and has been working on new productions with independent european reggae labels.

In 2012 he changed artistic name to Karubel begining a new step. At this time started a connection with Brazilian label Dubdem Music, as part of an effort to further spread reggae culture in different places of   the world.  Karabel`s long journey as an independent artist is marked by  perseverance in the face of hardship.His music speaks on the   reality of jamaican ghettosand other struggles in the world, Karubel knows the significance of music for the people, the social impact and responsibility he feels as an artist.His musical creations are guided by positive and critical messages. “I am guided by discipline and loyalty. What makes a great artist, is a clean mind, dedication and conscious lyrics”.

The connection with Dubdem Music is getting stronger. To celebrate this link up in irie style, Powers and Dubdem are providing a new album, a collection of tunes produced over the last 20 years. A special Dubdem crew selection of songs from his three album and some EPs. All  were remastered in 2018, in Brazil by Turbo Mastering. New album and tunes are coming in this new  year!

Dubdem has also been responsible for numerous IR t shirt designs and an important aspect of the new Dubdem label will be they will making some of their dub art designs available as t shirts.Below you can see one of Dubdem designs that were used for The Dub Dub Indigenous Festival held recently in Uganda.

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Nov
03

❝  In Silence We Prepare ❞

On Oct 15 IR::Indigenous Resistance launched three new releases:
IR 47 Language Of The Free: Dub Resurgence
IR 48 Indigenous Resilience: Caballo featuring Simon Paul Dene
IR 49 Language Of The Free: Sparks for Dub Fires

Design of these IR releases are all by Dubdem of Brasil.
IR had live soundsystem concerts and radio broadcasts in Senegal and Colombia. Stereo Joint  radio did a special radio show featuring all the tracks from the releases which was broadcast live from Noizlab studio in Chia,Colombia.You can listen to a podcast of that broadcast here


Also on that date, IR produced screenings in both Kingston, Jamaica and Kampala, Uganda for  the videos  our three new releases:
“Language Of The Free ”
“Resilient As a Rock ”
“When Thomas Sankara Met Fela Kuti”

We met the release date of October 15 so that we could honor the lives of African revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara and Fela Kuti,  the great Nigerian musician. On October 15 Sankara was assassinated and, coincidentally, it happens to be the birthday of Fela Kuti. In 1987, at a music festival in Burkina Faso, Fela met Sankara and it was this encounter that inspired the lR track “When Thomas Sankara Met Fela Kuti.” The video for this track was created from footage filmed throughout South America of indigenous communities  by Santiago Ospina and in Uganda by Patience Asaba Katushabe with cinematography by Ssozi Joesph. The final editing  was done by Santiago “The Dangerous Editor” Ospina in Colombia.

The video is rooted in some of the philosophies expressed by Thomas Sankara. He believed in the importance of self sufficiency especially in regards to food and agriculture and once brilliantly stated “He who does not feed you can demand nothing of you.”
Burkina Faso is a country that still reveberates from the wisdom of Thomas Sankara.Check out this great website project “Thomas Sankara’s Restless Children” by photographer Assim Rafiqui http://www.asimrafiqui.com/tsh/2018/04/20/thomas-sankaras-restless-children/
The interview in particular with rapper  Art Melody will show you the positive influence of Sankara on contemporary Burkina Faso citizens .
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 Burkina Faso Rasta Jamal ( left) read his illuminating interview on the website project “Thomas Sankara`s Restless Children”

 Thomas Sankara was also a visionary who spoke extensively about the importance of Women’s rights as he said  “there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women.”
You can watch the video here https://vimeo.com/295394279

On October 15 Ugandan vocalist Kabaka Labartin performed the track live at the National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda to a rapturous reception.
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The full length albums were based on and inspired by the new IR book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II,” a richly illustrated book with over 150 images that make the connections between Ethiopia, Jamaica, Rastafari and indigenous cultures from North and South America.

You can read the entire book online here and download it for free here
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One of the tracks directly inspired by the text of the book is “Language Of The Free.” IR co-conspirator, Dr Das of Asian Dub Foundation, created an animation video for this track which not only uses images from this Ethiopia book but also “The Native Creative Process” by Douglas Cardinal and Jeannette Armstrong with photography by Dr  Gregory Younging.

You can watch it here
https://bit.ly/2PcoSWR

 

At the same time we were releasing these videos we received word that the electrifying film about social movements and forces for dynamic social change ( R)evolution had been released.It absolutely PULSES with the use of the IR  track “Instinto Revolucionario ” as a key part of its soundtrack.It is wonderful for us to see our humble 7 inch vinyl that we created  in conjunction with folks like Dubdem ,Dr Das,Zumbi & Jah Ullli and gave out for free on the streets of Brazil used in such a dub powerful way.
You can check the film here https://youtu.be/z4I7r2hF_YU

IR created, during the lead up to the release of these new IR albums, a number of street art actions in different parts of the world. In Ethiopia, Colombia, Uganda, Hungary, Jamaica, and South East Asia, murals, art and mini exhibitions of images and text from the book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II” were exhibited, many in subversive locations. The art action in Colombia was combined with a free musical event in the streets of Bogota featuring the South African soundsystem Kebre Ethiopia .

You can see some photos of those art actions here.
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Street art actions are an essential part of IR activities to get the message of Indigenous Resistance direct to the public. On Nov 3rd, in commemoration of our conspirators Asian Dub Foundation playing the Cosquin festival in Bogota, Colombia IR will create an art action there on the streets of Bogota involving the album art of “IR 47 Language Of The Free: Dub Resurgence” and” IR 26 This Land Is Not For Sale” our collaboration with ADF about the illegal and divisive land grab situation by the Mexican Government in Atenco, Mexico.The mural painted by IR conspirator Chute Yarumo will also feature a portrait of Thomas Sankara something we have been lead to believe is a rare artistic happening in South America.You can visit the mural in Bogota at calle 108 carrera 11  under the bridge  costado norte.
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All tracks for releases are up on SoundCloud
Listen to” IR 49 Language Of The Free Sparks for Dub Fires”   here
Here is a breakdown of the various tracks on the releases:

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“When Thomas Sankara Met Fela Kuti “

The track is a musical meditation on a real life event that occurred when famed Nigerian musician  Fela Kuti met the African revolutionary Thomas Sankara at a music festival in Burkina Faso in 1987.

The track features stirring Afro Colombian rhythms recorded in Chia, Colombia by the musician & producer  Bassilar Membrane  who in addition to playing  acoustic bass on the track also had guest  musician Oscar Munar playing  a traditional marimba. This music accompanies the vocals of Ugandan artist Kabaka Labartin performing in various languages including Swahili. The vocals were recorded in the natural setting of Kulambiro mountain in Uganda.The vocals were actually recorded on an ordinary cell phone on the mountain top and relayed to Colombia. IR circumvented the need for a conventional studio recording setting by directing the Rasta youth Kabaka to a place in the mountain where he could feel a calm dub meditation vibe and then using an internet communication app giving him vocal recording  direction and writing lyrics with him while he was on the mountaintop.
 
The video for this track uses footage filmed throughout South America by Santiago Ospina and in Uganda by Patience Asaba Katushabe with the final editing done by Santiago “The Dangerous Editor “Ospina in Colombia. The track was mastered by Brain aka Juan Aguilar in Bogota, Colombia.

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After reading the R book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II,” Tracia wrote her vocals for ‘Language Of The Free.” She describes her lyrics “as a conversation with nature and the subsequent journey.” The creation of the musical track itself went through many treks in many lands.
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       Tracia….Photo by Ali Blass

Starting in Toronto, Canada where Colombian musician Caballo created the flute breakbeat and set the musical  tone for the track. Afterwards it travelled across the Atlantic to Dr Das to his Red Reception studio in Harrow, England, where he first performed precision audio editing withTracia`s vocals (which had been recorded in Kingston, Jamaica). Dr Das then relayed those tracks to Dj Soundar and Jerome Klur in Paris France who then created the dub influenced jungle programming. In the midst of this process Dr Das did a lot of very intricate work and audio surgery to make the timing of vocals match up the drum programming being created. All throughout the journey, Ramjac was our guide, using his vast experience as a sound engineer and percussionist to give suggestions and keen audio advice. Dj Soundar produced the final mix in Paris, France.

The track finishes with the quote “We need to transcend this material world, liberate yourself following your heart.” These words by Nada Ashkar that are found in the Ethiopia Dub book  were translated into the Dene language and spoken by Simon Paul Dene, an indigenous Dene artist from Canada. And full circle, Caballo recorded the vocals back in Toronto.
The words and dub spiritual reflections come from Mooji who hails from the parish of Portland in Jamaica. His words are an affirmation of the importance of  being courageous.Tape Dave did the vocal editing. Dr Das produced this track which  features  musicians DJ Soundar, Jerome Klur as well Dr Das who creatively incorporated a truck horn recorded on the streets of Laos by IR to make a musical refrain. Dr Das recorded his melodic baseline and programming at Barrio Carmel, Barcelona. In Paris, France, Jerome Klur contributed guitar & effects. The mighty Louis Beckett, who can be often seen doing live sound for Asian Dub Foundation, is accomplished dub maestro in his own right. He added additional instrumentation and programming and then did the dub mix  & mastering for this in his UK studio SUBBDUBBERS BUNKER.
“Unafraid “
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The words and dub spiritual reflections come from Mooji who hails from the parish of Portland in Jamaica. His words are an affirmation of the importance of  being courageous.Tape Dave did the vocal editing. Dr Das produced this track which  features  musicians DJ Soundar, Jerome Klur as well Dr Das who creatively incorporated a truck horn recorded on the streets of Laos by IR to make a musical refrain. Dr Das recorded his melodic baseline and programming at Barrio Carmel, Barcelona. In Paris, France, Jerome Klur contributed guitar & effects. The mighty Louis Beckett, who can be often seen doing live sound for Asian Dub Foundation, is accomplished dub maestro in his own right. He added additional instrumentation and programming and then did the dub mix  & mastering for this in his UK studio SUBBDUBBERS BUNKER.
“Congo Story’
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Caribbean poet Kamau Braithewaite once wrote “Kumina is the most African of the ❨cultural expressions❩ to be found in Jamaica, with negligible European or Christian influence.” With many connections to Jamaica, IR has been an enthusiast of Kumina drumming for a long time. Many believe Kumina originated in the Congo and their ceremonies feature evocative chants, intense drumming and dancing often leading participants falling into trance states. On this track, dub maestro Herman “Soy Sos ” Pearl was working out of his Tuff Sounds Studio based in Pittsburgh. Soy Sos takes live kumina drumming played by Alfonso Craig and recorded by engineer Ryan Sterling at  the Merle Grove avenue percussion studio in Kingston, Jamaica. “Soy Sos adds musical instrumentation overlaid with his studio wizardy. Drawing on his experience as a dance music producer, Soy So created something uniquely parallel to the trance-inducing groove experienced at Kumina ceremonies.

Lyricist Tracia watched documentaries on the Congo like “The History of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo, and Colonization” on YouTube [https://youtu.be/icdzgvP056s] and “Patrice Lumumba’s Story – A True African Nationalist,” also on YouTube [https://youtu.be/2UkAFGecf-E]. As Tracia says in her own words ” Patrice Lumumba’s story must be told by every tongue until every ear had heard it. One can’t tell Lumumba’s story & not tell di Congo’s!” With those lyrics and IR’s music, Congo Story is a meditation of promise denied, of the future curtailed, of assassination—character and physical. Cornelius Harris  from UR lends his vocals at the start of the track  to provide an introduction to Tracia`s sung vocals recorded in Jamaica
“Resurgence”
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Programming & production by Dr Das at Red Reception, Harrow, UK. In the words of Dr Das; “this track is the sonic consequence of myself as a dub musician , listening to UR for over a decade and contains sounds and frequencies from supposedly disparate musical and cultural communities. It is a spiritual call for a resurgence of compassion and empathy as the driving force in the relations and interactions between people, not egos or material gain.”
“KumIna  Dub Sparks From John Trudell”
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The words and reflections of John Trudell that can be found in the book “Ethiopian Dub Journey II.” Trudell, an indigenous activist and poet, was a former chairperson of the American Indian Movement. His power of oratory and clear thinking were so feared by the FBI that  they kept a file on him that reached over 20,000 pages.

On this track his words are read by Tracia and Cornelius Harris from UR (Underground Resistance). They are set against Kumina drumming
recorded in Jamaica and anchored by the flute of Mike 360 recorded in New Mexico. Flute player and beat boxer Mike 360 was introduced to IR by Jamaican author Dutty Bookman. Dutty met Mike when he was Djing a roots reggae session in Apache territory in New Mexico. In the words of Dutty at the session “I bigged up the Apache on the microphone and a bredrin who is Apache came to the microphone towards the end of the night and started blowing his wooden flute so beautifully. It was a great moment.” 

   Percussion and bass from from Dr Das  joins  percussion and keyboards from Louis Beckett
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who gave the track a fierce dub mix in his SUBBDUBBERS Bunker. The dub song title came from Tapedave
Indigenous & Sacred :African Anarchist Meditation Edit”

A special bonus track for IR 47 Language Of The Free: Dub Resurgence

This was a collaboration between IR and Herman “Soy Sos ” Pearl with Christiane Delores. IR was initially introduced to the two by Prasonik in Toronto for a collaboration we were doing with artists of Greenland. Since then, working with them has developed into one of IR’s favorite collaborative experiences. The dub initiative of Producer Soy Sos and his imaginative approach to the creative process is a perfect fit with the IR reality of creating tracks in remote challenging locations with minimal of resources but an abundance of dub spirit.

The IR musicians on this track are indigenous people of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The indigenous musicians recorded vocals and traditional instruments that were rarely heard outside of their community, let alone recorded. IR sent the the tracks via internet to Soy Sos and Christiane D who in turn sent back mixes and vocals. More back and forth of musical ideas and recordings through the net resulted in this track, “Indigenous & Sacred,” a blend of electronic and acoustic instruments drenched in dub and propelled by groove.

Here is a lyrical excerpt from the track: “In times of danger, be still…Understand the concept of sacred things/there are moments to hold things close    /moments to reveal them.

“Sacred Dub For Nelly Stharre: Dr Das African Anarchist Mix”
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A special bonus track for IR 49 Language Of The Free: Sparks For Dub Fires

This special mix for IR was done in 2015 by Dr Das in memory of our friend and IR conspirator Nelly Stharre. More than three years after her murder, there has still not been a proper investigation into the cause of her death. This is unacceptable! Nelly loved indigenous reasoning and was someone who appreciated what our friends in Solomon islands told us “that often what is not said is as important than what is said.” As Dr Das was about to mix this track he learnt about the passing of Sam Mbah one of the authors of a book IR feels is very important : “African Anarchism :A History Of A Movement” (See Sharp Press, Tuscon Arizona). This track was produced and mixed by Dr Das .Players of instruments Dr Das and DJ Soundar.  Vocals  include those by Jimmy Dick  and Tohununu .
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IR 48 Indigenous Resilience: Caballo feat Simon Paul Dene”
Caballo and the Latino Resiste label were introduced to IR some years ago by Sistah Dub. Over the years IR has been heartened by those of Caballo releases that paid attention to social injustice and indigenous rights. We are especially taken by his vision in seeing the joint struggles faced by indigenous people’s throughout the Americas, North and South and Central. Through Caballo, IR contributed a track to the Rebelsounds & Latino Resiste special compilation for the 20 year anniversary of the Zapatista movement “EZLN: 20 Years.” Caballo then contributed the track “Pow Wow Bounces” to the 2015 IR release “IR 26 Galdino: Extension Of Truth.”
“IR 48 Indigenous Resilience: Caballo feat Simon Paul Dene”
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is a dance track which gives lyric tribute to the resilience of indigenous people in Canada. The lyrics translated into English mean “resilient like a rock and still walking with the grace and power of flowing water.”

In the face of genocide and  the trauma of issues like the horrors of residential school ,the extreme callousness and sheer indifference to the murder and disappearance of indigenous women there are a litany of injustices still being faced by indigenous people in Canada.
 Yet in spite of all of this, there is resilience and resistance. This track is entirely in the Dene language and it is spoken by the great Dene visual artist Simon Paul Dene. You can check some of his work and learn about his life story here www.simonpauldene.com

Simon Paul has displayed remarkable tenacity & sheer dub to maintain and speak his own original indigenous language fluently. It is not by chance that the key tool colonialists use to perpetrate their genocide is to destroy and erase indigenous languages. In Brasil, before the arrival of the Portuguese colonialists, there were over two thousand indigenous languages. Now there are  only around two hundred surviving indigenous  languages. In Canada, indigenous children were BRUTALISED for speaking their indigenous languages. So for IR having a track only in an indigenous language is an act of resistance~indigenous resistance.

Watch the uplifting video Caballo created for the track here
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Oct
14

Now available on Bandcamp  here .

7 tracks of music that feature a wide range of musicians and artists from different parts of the world collaborating to erase musical boundaries.Some of these include Kabaka Labartin Dr Das Bassilar Membrane  Ramjac Tracia Louis Beckett Mike 360 Dj Soundar Jerome Klur Cornelius Harris UR Herman ” Soy Sos ” Pearl Christiane D Tohununu Saevo Tapedave Mooji Caballo Alfanso Craig Ryan Sterling Tapedave Dubdem.Recorded and mixed in places like Brazil,Laos,Jamaica,France, Uganda,Belgium and the U.K.Lyrically the album was inspired by the IR  book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II” .

Check out the new IR website www.irresilience.com which has more details on this and the other new IR 47 ,IR 49 releases.

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When Thomas Sankara Met Fela Kuti ”

The track is a musical meditation on a real life event that occurred when famed Nigerian musician Fela Kuti met the African revolutionary Thomas Sankara at a music festival in Burkina Faso in 1987.
The track features stirring Afro Colombian rhythms recorded in Chia, Colombia by the musician & producer Bassilar Membrane who in addition to playing acoustic bass on the track also had guest musician Oscar Munar playing a traditional marimba.
This music accompanies the vocals of Ugandan artist Kabaka Labartin performing in various languages including Swahali .The vocals were recorded in the natural setting of Kulambiro mountain in Uganda.The vocals were actually recorded on an ordinary cell phone on the mountain top and relayed to Colombia.IR circumvented the need for a conventional studio recording setting
by directing the Rasta youth Kabaka to a place in the mountain where he could feel a calm dub meditation vibe and then using an internet communication app
giving him vocal recording direction and writing lyrics with him while he was on the mountaintop.
The video for this track uses footage filmed throughout South America by Santiago Ospina and in Uganda by Patience Asaba Katushabe with the final editing done by Santiago “The Dangerous Editor “Ospina in Colombia.
The track was mastered by Brain aka Juan Aguilar in Bogota, Colombia.

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Language Of The Free”
After reading the IR book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II” Tracia wrote her vocals for ‘Language Of The Free”. She describes her lyrics “as a conversation with nature and the subsequent journey.” The creation of the musical track itself went through many treks in many lands.

Starting in Toronto, Canada where Colombian musician Caballo created the flute breakbeat and set the musical tone for the track. Afterwards it travelled across the Atlantic to Dr Das to his Red Reception studio in Harrow, England, where he first performed precision audio editing with the flute and Tracia`s vocals (which had been recorded in Kingston, Jamaica). Dr Das then relayed those tracks to Dj Soundar and Jerome Klur in Paris France who then created the dub influenced jungle programming.In the midst of this process Dr Das did alot of very intricate work and audio surgery to make the timing of vocals match up the drum programming being created.All throughout the journey, Ramjac was our guide, using his vast experience as a sound engineer and percussionist to give suggestions and keen audio advice.Dj Soundar in Paris,France produced the final mix.

The track finishes with the quote “We need to transcend this material world, liberate yourself following your heart.” These words by Nada Ashkar that are found in the Ethiopia Dub book were translated into the Dene language and sung by Simon Paul Dene, an indigenous Dene artist from Canada. And full circle, Caballo recorded the vocals back in Toronto.
Unafraid ”
The words and dub spiritual reflections come from Mooji who hails from the
parish of Portland in Jamaica.His words are an affirmation of the importance of being courageous.Tapedave did the vocal editing.Dr Das produced this track which features musicians DJ Soundar ,Jerome Klur as well Dr Das who creatively incorporated a truck horn recorded on the streets of Laos by IR to make a musical refrain.Dr Das recorded his melodic baseline and programming at Barrio Carmel, Barcelona . In Paris,France Jerome Klur contributed guitar & effects.The mighty Louis Beckett who can be often seen doing live sound for Asian Dub Foundation is accomplished dub maestro in his own right .He added additional instrumentation and programming and then did the dub mix & mastering for this in his UK studio SUBBDUBBERS BUNKER.
Congo Story ”

Congo Story
Caribbean poet Kamau Braithewaite once wrote “Kumina is the most African of the [cultural expressions] to be found in Jamaica, with negligible European or Christian influence.” With many connections to Jamaica, IR has been an enthusiast of Kumina drumming for a long time. Many believe Kumina originated in the Congo and their ceremonies feature evocative chants, intense drumming and dancing often leading participants falling into trance states. On this track, dub maestro Herman “Soy Sos ” Pearl was working out of his Tuff Sounds Studio based in Pittsburgh. Soy Sos takes live kumina drumming played by Alfonso Craig and recorded by engineer Ryan Sterling at the Merle Grove avenue percussion studio in Kingston ,Jamaica. “Soy Sos” adds musical instrumentation overlaid with his studio wizardy. Drawing on his experience as a dance music producer, Soy Sos created something uniquely parallel to the trance-inducing groove experienced at Kumina ceremonies.
Lyricist Tracia watched documentaries on the Congo like The History of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo, and Colonization on YouTube [https://youtu.be/icdzgvP056s] and PATRICE LUMUMBA’s STORY-A TRUE AFRICAN NATIONALIST” also on YouTube [https://youtu.be/2UkAFGecf-E]. As Tracia says in her own words ” Patrice Lumumba’s story must be told by every tongue until every ear had heard it. One can’t tell Lumumba’s story & not tell di Congo’s” With those lyrics and IR’s music, Congo Story is a meditation of promise denied, of the future curtailed, of assassination—character and physical. Cornelius Harris from UR lends his vocals at the start of the track to provide an introduction to Tracia`s sung vocals recorded in Jamaica.
Resurgence ”
Programming & production by Dr Das at Red Reception ,Harrow ,UK.
In the words of Dr Das “This track is the sonic consequence of Dr Das as a dub musician ,listening to UR for over a decade and contains sounds and frequencies from supposedly disparate musical and cultural communities .It is a spiritual call for a resurgence of compassion and empathy as the driving force in the relations and interactions between people,not egos or material gain .”

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Kumina Dub Sparks From John Trudell”
The words and reflections of John Trudelll that can be found in the book “Ethiopian Dub Journey II ” Trudell an indigenous activist and poet was a former chairperson of the American Indian Movement.His power of oratory and clear thinking were so feared by the Fbi that they kept a 20 000 page file on him.
On this track his words are read by Tracia and Cornelius Harris from UR (Underground Resistance)They are set against Kumina drumming
recorded in Jamaica anchored by the flute of Mike 360 recorded in New Mexico .Flute player and beat boxer Mike 360 was introduced to IR by Jamaican author Dutty Bookman . Dutty met Mike when he was djing a roots reggae session on Apache territory in New Mexico .In the words of Dutty at the session ” I bigged up the Apache on the microphone and a bredrin who is Apache came to the microphone towards the end of the night and started blowing his wooden flute so beautifully. It was a great moment”
Percussion and bass from from Dr Das joins percussion and keyboards from Louis Beckett who gave the track a fierce dub mix in his SUBBDUBBERS BUNKER
The dub song title came from Tapedave
Special bonus track for ” IR 49 Language Of The Free:Sparks For Dub Fires”
Is “Sacred Dub For Nelly Stharre:Dr Das African Anarchist Mix”

This special mix for IR was done in 2015 by Dr Das in memory of our friend and IR conspirator Nelly Stharre.More than three years later there has still not been a properly concluded investigation into the cause of her death.This is unacceptable!Nelly loved indigenous reasoning and was someone who appreciated what our friends in Solomon islands told us “That often what is not said is as important than what is said”
As Dr Das was about to mix this track he learnt about the passing of Sam Mbah one of the authors of the book “African Anarchism :A History Of A Movement ” ( See Sharp Press ,Tuscon Arizona )
A book IR feels is very important!

This track was produced and mixed by Dr Das .Players of instruments Dr Das and DJ Soundar. Vocals include those by Jimmy Dick and Tohununu .

Listen to IR49 Language of the Free - Sparks For Dub Fires
On SoundCloud listen to all 7 tracks 
https://soundcloud.com/user-777921768/sets/ir49-language-of-the-free/s-mFKEt

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Also available on Band camp is IR 48 Indigenous Resilience:Caballo feat Simon Paul Dene.
It is available here

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Caballo and the Latino Resiste label were introduced to IR some years ago by
Sistah Dub.Over the years IR has been heartened by some of Caballo releases that paid attention to social injustice and indigenous rights especially his vision in seeing the joint struggles faced by indigenous people’s in both North and South America.
IR contributed a track to the Rebelsounds & Latino Resiste special compilation for the 20 year anniversary of the Zapatista movement ‘EZLN: 20 Years ‘ Caballo then contributed the track ‘Pow Wow Bounces to the 2015 IR release ‘IR 26 Galdino:Extension Of Truth “.
“IR 48 Indigenous Resilience:Caballo feat Simon Paul Dene “is a dance track which lyrically is a tribute to the resilience of indigenous people in Canada.
The lyrics translated into English mean “resilient like a rock and still walking with the grace and power of flowing water”.
In the face of genocide and the trauma of issues like the horrors of residential school ,the extreme callousness and sheer indifference to the murder and disappearance of indigenous women there are a litany of injustices still being faced by indigenous people in Canada.Yet in spite of all of this ,there is resilience and resistance.This track is entirely in the Dene language and it is spoken by the great Dene visual artist Simon Paul Dene .You can check some of his work and learn about his life story here http://www.simonpauldene.com
Simon Paul has displayed remarkable tenacity & sheer dub to maintain and speak his own original indigenous language fluently.It is not by chance that colonialists as one of their key tools of genocide set out todestroy and erase indigenous languages.In Brazil before the arrival of the Portuguese colonialists there were over two thousand indigenous languages now they are only a little over two hundred surfing indigenous languages .In Canada indigenous children were BRUTALISED for speaking their indigenous languages.So for IR having a track only in an indigenous language is an act of resistance~indigenous resistance.

Listen to IR 48  Indigenous Resilience : Caballo feat Simon Paul Dene -  on SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/user-777921768/indigenous-resilience-caballo-feat-simon-paul-dene-resilient-as-a-rockv

Also launched on Oct 15 was the IR album ” IR47 Language Of The Free:Dub Resurgence”

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A special bonus track for IR 47 Language Of The Free : Dub Resurgence “Indigenous & Sacred ~African Anarchist Meditation ” [Tapedave Edit]This was a collaboration between IR and Herman “,Soy Sos “Pearl and Christiane Delores.IR was initially introduced to them by Prasonik in Toronto for a collaboration we were doing with artists from Greenland. Since then working with them has developed into one of IR favorite collaborative experiences.Producer Soy Sos dub intuitive and imaginative approach to the creative process a perfect fit with the IR reality of often making tracks in remote challenging locations with minimal of resources but an abundance of dub spirit.

The IR musicians on this track are indigenous people from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.The indigenous musicians recorded vocals and never before recorded traditional instruments and sent them via internet to Soy Sos and Christian D wh in turn sent back mixes and vocals.This back and forth of musical ideas and recordings through the net resulted in this track ,”Indigenous &sacred” a blend of electronic and acoustic instruments drenched in dub and propelled by groove.
Here is a lyrical excerpt from the track ” in times of danger ,be still…Understand the concept of sacred things/there are moments to hold things close /moments to reveal them /

Oct
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Posters designed by Dubdem for the new IR album
IR 47 Language Of The Free :Dub Resurgence
Also released on October 15 will be
IR 48 Indigenous Resilience :Caballo feat Simon Paul Dene

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&
IR 49 Language of the Free :Sparks For Dub Fires

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IR is hosting different events in Uganda and Jamaica to celebrate the launch off these releases
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Also special live. broadcasts will cekebrate the r please.One such session will be with the Senegalese soundsystem Jahlow.
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Apr
10

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IR  conspirator Dr Das has a new 8 track album ” Caustic ” that is now available on Bandcamp https://drdas.bandcamp.com/album/caustic

Mastered by Ramjac and with the dub influence of Detroit”s radical ” Underground Resistance” (UR  ) this is a release with a militant sonic feel and direction. We strongly advise you to check it !

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Oct
04

En esta zona de Colombia, en el pueblo de Chía, el grupo indígena Muisca se referían a esta zona como la tierra de los sueños.

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El mural “Etiopía: El Viaje” fue posible gracias a un sueño que tuvo lugar en algún lugar de Chía. Alguien en IR soñó que tuvo una conversación con Jah9 donde ella pensaba hacer un mural IR en Chía. De alguna manera parecía hacer referencia a algo en el futuro, y es en ese momento cuando IR decide hacer un nuevo mural.
El concepto sería una presentación visual del “spiritual dub” en el libro “Etiopía: El Viaje”.

Como en el libro, en el mural también se incorporan imágenes y filosofía de pueblos indígenas de Norte y Sur América.

También se exponen las sabias palabras del filósofo y activista indígena John Trudell.

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Tal y como en las montañas de Colombia, las de Etiopía tienen un magnífico poder espiritual, como construcciones antiguas utilizadas para realizar cultos espirituales.

 

 


Hay dos tipos de lenguajes Etíopes pintados en el mural, El Geez y el Amharic. Geez es la lengua más antigua ene l mundo que aún se escribe, por ejemplo, en los manuscritos antiguos como el Kebre Negast fueron escritos en Geez. Desde la perspectiva IR, el Geez es un lenguaje de código, y este mural ciertamente contiene bastantes códigos. El otro lenguaje que aparece en el mural es el Amharic, el cual es uno de las principales lenguas de Etiopía. La frase “Elevarse a sí mismo” ha sido traducida y escrita en Amharic y en Geez y también en otros tipos de código.

El mural también incorpora algo de la filosofía de una activista colombiana que es una reflexión sobre algunas realidades políticas en Colombia. Todos estos temas están conectados y se complementan por el arte realizado para el nuevo album de Jah9 “9”(el mismo que IR vio en el sueño).
La canción de fondo del video es creación del músico y compositor jamaiquino Sawandi y es una mezcla hecha especialmente para IR, “Reverse” sacada de su último lanzamiento “Beats, Child, Life Vol.1″.
Para los que estén interesados en conocer más a cerca de este libro “Etiopía: El Viaje” (donde la mayoría de imágenes que están en el mural fueron extraídas del libro) El Museo Nacional de Etiopía estará mostrando una exhibición del libro en 2017. También habrá una versión Dub del libro “Etiopía: EL Viaje II” hecho por Dubdem, quien también fue el responsable de crear el diseño de la versión original del libro y de los posters que se ven en el mural. Dubdem también diseño los elementos que complementaron el arte del último album de Jah9 hecho por Javan Puran.


El mural terminado reune todos estos elementos e influencias de diferentes fuentes como Etiopía, Brasil, Colombia, Jamaica e Isla Tortuga.


Este video fue filmado y editado por la artista visual colombiana Dub Code II quien documentó todo el proceso creativo de este mural realizado en Chía-Colombia. Muchas gracias a la gente “dub” de Chía.


Los diseños de Caleta Dub y Dub Code II que se muestran en esta publicación fueron diseñados por Tapedave. El diseño UP y varios de los posters del Libro fueron creados por Dubdem. Agradecemos especialmente al artista Etiópe Yodit D por la contribución con sus stencil y a Paaula y A^a.S por su trabajo en el muro y a Dub Code II por el dub visual.

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The mural ” Ethiopia The Journey” came about because of a dream that took place in Chia. Someone in IR dreamt where they saw the artwork for the new Jah9album and they had a conversation with Jah9 where she was talking about and thanking IR for a mural. Somehow it seemed to be referencing something in the future, so at that moment IR decided to make a new mural.The concept would be a visual presentation of the spiritual dub of Ethiopia as expressed in the new IR book ” Ethiopia The Journey”.

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Like the book the mural also incorporates imagery and philosophy from indigenous peoples from North & South America. For example we have words of philosophy from the indigenous activist and philosopher John Trudell.

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Like the mountains of Colombia ,the mountains of Ethiopia have a maginificent spiritual power and tucked away in the mountains are ancient buildings used for spiritual worship.

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The languages that are painted on the mural are in two Ethiopian languages Geez and Amharic.

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Geez is the most ancient Ethiopian language and the oldest language in the world still being written.The ancient manuscripts like the Kebre Negast were written in Geez . Geez from IR perspective is a language of code and this mural truly contains a lot of code.

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The other language the mural is written in is Amharic which is one of the principle language of Ethiopia. The phrase ‘Elevate Oneself ” has been translated and written in Amharic and GEEZ as well as other codes.The mural also incorporates some philosophy from a local Colombian activist that are a reflection on political realities of Colombia.All these different themes are connected and complimented by the artwork for the new Jah9 album ” 9″ that IR saw in a dream. The soundtrack for this video is provided by Jamaican musician ,composer and dub parent Sawandi and a special mix he did for IR of his track ,”Reverse” taken from his recent release “Beats,Child,Life Vol 1 “For those interested in more about the book “Ethiopia The Journey ” from where most of the images of this mural are from; the National Museum Of Ethiopia will be holding an exhibition on the book in 2017. There will also be a Dub version of the book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II”with  a special mix by Dubdem.Dubdem was also responsible for the design of the original version of the book and the posters you see on the mural that are from the book.Dubdem designs beautifully compliments the Jah9 artwork done by Joavan Puran.

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The final completed mural weaves together all these different elements and influences from dub sources like Ethiopia,Brazil,Colombia,Jamaica and Turtle Island.

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This video was filmed and edited by Colombian visual artist Dub Code II and documents the creative process and context of the mural as it was painted in Chia, Colombia by Rebel Youth.Special thanks to the dub people of  Chia.

 

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The Caleta Dub and Dub Code II designs you see on this post was created by Tapedave.The UP design and various Ethiopian Journey posters were created by Dubdem.The poster which was a glossary of the text found in the mural and which also listed the various artistic contributors was created by Ana A Secas.Special thanks to Ethiopian grafitti artist Yodit D. for her stencil art contribution and to Paaula &   A ^a.S   for their work on the wall and Dub Code II for the special tranquilo visual dub feeling.

Apr
17

For Immediate Release

Artist: Indigenous Resistance
Title: IR 38 Waiting For The Right Moment
Label: IR  |  Catalog Number: IR38
Availability: iTunes [ https://goo.gl/7wvaWb ] CDBaby [ http://goo.gl/q5wxqP ]

IR HAS FOUND THE RIGHT MOMENT
Dub actions coordinated in Ethiopia for the 120th anniversary of victorious Ethiopia at Adwa.

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA (04/04/2016) — On March 19th, IR launched their new single “IR38 Waiting For The Right Moment: The Adwa Victory Groove Mix” to commemorate the 120th anniversary of that historic battle at Adwa between Italian forces and an army of Ethiopians. The song honors the historic Ethiopian victory, which marked the first time that an African army defeated a European colonial power; ingenuity and tactics won over muscle and might. 

In Ethiopia, the month of March is used to celebrate this victory throughout the country and IR will be immersed in the celebrations by releasing the music and the attendant video created by Colombian Director Santiago “Dangerous Editor” Ospina. Tsega Events has arranged with IR to premiere the video at an art & music festival being held at here in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The festival, Adwa Victory Groove, was inspired by IR mix and culminated with a performance on March 19 by Ras Kawintseb & Aeti-oPHrika an Ethiopian roots reggae band who will showcase material from their new album Touch of Tsion which will be released internationally on Akashic Records out of U.S.A. The festival also featured visual artists Ras Indrias and Solomon and maintained a continuous flow of visual art throughout with the exhibition of videos from the IR catalog.

The impact of the festival in the media brought to light the work of IR with the single, IR38 Waiting For The Right Moment, featured on major radio stations throughout Ethiopia with discussion around the track’s relationship to the Battle of Adwa.

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IR simultaneously organized clandestine Street Actions throughout the city of Addis Ababa with artwork created in collaboration with Brazilian artist Dubdem, who also designed the cover art for the new single. This IR Street Action was done in conjunction with an Ethiopian sistren Yodit Dub, a graffiti artist who has painting the walls of Addis Ababa for many years. The dub art informed Ethiopians of the struggles by their indigenous brothers and sisters of the Free West Papua liberation movement and to honor the late Brazilian warrior, Galdino.

IR documented these Street Actions for a new IR “Dubbing The Grafitti In Geez: An Ethiopian DubUmentry”. which will be broadcast live to the Sankofa Sessions in Kingston, Jamaica.

THE MUSIC/THE VIDEO
The video for “Waiting For The Right Moment” was filmed in Peru and Bolivia by Santiago Ospina with additional footage of vocalist Christiane D, filmed in the woods of Pittsburgh, PA USA by Trey Amador. Santiago’s poetic filmmaking style visualizes the reality facing the indigenous peoples of Peru and Bolivia. His images serve to underscore the track’s inspiration of uprising and determination, especially within the lyrics of Christiane D, whose chorus of “waiting for the right moment/waiting for the right moment to appear/waiting for the right moment to work/waiting for the right moment to disappear” conjures memories of the battlefield and the armies ready to fight. The production also features Ethiopian vocals that were recorded at the actual location of the battle, at Adwa Mountain in Tigray province in Ethiopia.

The track was created collaboratively via the internet with Dr Das and Chandrasonic from Asian Dub Foundation contributing bass and guitar from their locations in Belgium and the UK, while producer Soy Sos in his Tuff Sound Recording Studios in Pittsburgh, PA USA, contributed beats and his dub intuitive producing skills to the lyrics that came together through the joint song writing efforts of Tape Dave in Boston, MA USA, The Ghost floating somewhere within Africa and Christiane D in Pittsburgh.

VISUAL DUB – IR DUBUMENTARIES
IR is not only pleased to have the premiere of the video for this single to happen live in Ethiopia but also to be able to present other IR DubUmentary productions like Semira: Silence Is Not An Option and IR 33: The Korogocho, Kenya DubUmentary and Graffiti Experience. This last DubUmentary was filmed in the Korogocho slums of Nairobi, Kenya and documents the subversive IR street action organized around the painting of a giant mural within the slum. The mural illustrates a number ideas flowing from depictions of the Idle No More indigenous protests in North America, the brutally murdered Brazilian indigenous activist, Galdino, and the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya against British colonialists. The mural also features truths uttered by the late indigenous activist John Trudell. His words of self-empowerment were collected from the book IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub.

The soundtrack for IR 33: The Korogocho, Kenya Dubmentary and Graffiti Experience features IR tracks with contributions from IR co-conspirators, DJ Soundar, Jah 9, Sawandi, Dutty Bookman, Tape Dave, Dr Das and the dub mixing skills of famed Jamaican engineer Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger.

Semira: Silence Is Not An Option is a DubUmentary filmed by Santiago “Dangerous Editor” Ospina in Chia, Colombia and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It follows another IR street action with Colombian Rebel Youth graffiti artists painting murals of Semira Adamu, Sandra Bland, Sarah Two Circles Bear and Nelly Stharre. The graphic illustration honoring murdered innocents is propelled by a talk with activists Rosiane and Franci Cardosa, two Brazilian black women living in a Rio de Janeiro favela. The women discuss their weapons of resistance: learning, knowledge and art. A track by Asian Dub Foundation from their most recent album More Signal, More Noise drives the soundtrack of the DubUmentary.

CONNECTING ACTIVISTS AND ARTISTS
With visions of a bigger picture, IR continuously seeks to create combustible connections, the world over, tying artists and activists into projects that are steeped with the struggles of the indigenous. Recently Jamaican writer Dutty Bookman, with his partner, Sasha, visited Bogota, Colombia where they met with IR co-conspirators, the Colombian graffiti artists Chite Yarumo and Ana Seca.

A few years earlier, IR had organized the painting of a giant mural in the Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogota, featuring images and words from Dutty Bookman, Jah 9, Franz Fanon, Chief Poundmaker, Hualani Kay Trask, Galdino, Sawandi, D. WattsRiot and Dr Das. Within the mural is also a visual tribute to the seminal OnUSound label of Adrian Sherwood and “Minga Indigenia”, the historic protest march of Colombia’s indigenous. Having Dutty actually in Colombia to see first hand the images and words from him that IR, inBASSion and Colombian Rebel Youth painted was a real dub moment for all involved.

IR continues to make innovative dub linkages with a recent street action/live webcast in collaboration with inBASSion and Colombian Rebel Youth. They organized a live webcast of artist Chite Yarumo painting another subversive mural broadcast direct from Colombia to the Kingston, Jamaica, based Sankofa Sessions, a music and art event hosted DJ I set Sankofa.

This kind of dub linkage continued recently when The 3rd Shirt of Valencia, Spain, contacted IR. This artist collective had been following the work of IR for more than a decade when they tipped off to IR work by one of our conspirators D. WattsRiot. Ghetto Priest, a vocalist on many beautiful OnUSound productions and also vocalist with Asian Dub Foundation, had created some T-shirts with them recently and hipped them to our contact info. The 3rd Shirt creates quality hand-screen printed secondhand wear as well as with new old stock. They print with eco- certified water-based colours, for, as they say, “ecological and social reasons…not fashion, just style and statement!” The result is another dub collaboration where IR fans will be able to get special screen printed IR shirts that are as eco-friendly as possible through the The 3rd Shirt’s Etsy store [ https://www.etsy.com/shop/3rdShirt?ele=shop_open ] and check out them on Facebook [ https://www.facebook.com/the3rdshirt/ ].

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ABOUT IR
IR, Indigenous Resistance, is a global resistance collective creating music crucial to the Indigenous movement. IR also means Resist Injustice. We are constantly waiting for the right moments to use to our fullest potential. The IR philosophy is clearly summarized by one of the phrases painted beside the portrait of Sandra Bland that was painted in the Chia, Colombia mural. The original is in Spanish; translated it urges “with love and resistance in our hearts we fight against Babylon system”.

ABOUT CHRISTIANE D
Christiane D has a new solo EP out called Amor Fati which famed multi-media artist, Alexi Morrissey, calls “a strange cabaret where the legitimate quirkiness of Laurie Anderson, the poetic earnestness of Jeff Buckley and the jazz/gospel stylings of a glittering, long-dead era” and writer/artist/curator, Justin Hopper realized “these sweet, catchy, air-tight songs have been bought and paid for by a real woman over the course of a lifetime. If acceptance is the adult version of patience then this music shows you can have peace with a broken world.”

Christiane D official site [ http://www.christiane-d.us/ ]
Amor Fati on CD Baby [ http://goo.gl/e89VNf ]

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ABOUT SOY SOS / TUFF SOUND RECORDING
Crucial collaborations through IR have been produced across the oceans with Soy Sos. There were memorable exchanges where IR indigenous collaborators from the Solomon Islands would send Soy Sos recordings of musical patterns that they had played using ancient traditional instruments. Even though they did not send instructions about how they felt the instrumentation they recorded could be incorporated in the overall composition when they listened back to what he recreated in his Tuff Sounds studio, they were simply blown away. They felt it was like Soy was literally reading their minds in terms of how they felt their musical vibes should be incorporated.. His dub intuitive producing style has flowed brilliantly with IR’s open laboratory style of creativity. When this has combined with Christiane D’s dub writing and vocal abilities, the results have been made for truly memorable collaborations IR is extremely proud to release.

Tuff Sound Recording [http://www.tuffsoundrecording.com/ ]

ABOUT ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION
Frequent collaborators, Asian Dub Foundation have mixed their trademark fusion of punk, electronic beats, reggae, bhangra and hip-hop with artists such as Radiohead, Chuck D, Primal Scream and Sinead O’Connor, criticizing control and oppression. They are celebrated for their brilliant live shows and have previously performed live soundtracks to films including La Haine and Battle of Algiers. ADF wear their political hearts on their sleeves through all their work. Their timely and masterly reinterpretation of George Luca’s debut film, THX 1138, reveals how many of the themes Lucas dealt with in the 1971 have ultimately proved to be prescient. ADF have a new video “Ragga Blade” filmed completely live with none of that usual music video miming. It was filmed by Global Faction and produced by Louis Beckett. It perfectly captures the dub live power of ADF. Watch it here [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sAV3pBpwis]

ADF Official site [ http://asiandubfoundation.com/site/ ]
ADF More Signal/More Noise [ http://goo.gl/KGShcU ]
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