Watch this special broadcast here at the InBassion stream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inbassion
as Chite Yrumo does a live grafitti action that will be broadcast to the Sanfoka Music session in Kingston ,Jamaica.The broadcast starts at 8 pm jamaica time .
Watch this special broadcast here at the InBassion stream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inbassion
Music by Soy Sos, Christiane D, Chandrasonic, Dr Das
Lyrics by The Ghost, Christiane D, Tapedave, Douglas Cardinal, John Trudell, (Luana, George, Tohununu: Solomon Island dubists).
Mixed by Soy Sos at Tuff Sound Recordings, Pittsburgh PA .[ http://pearlartsstudios.com/tsr/#]
Artwork by Dubdem go here [https://silientwarrior.wordpress.com/] to see various visual mixes and posters created by Brazilian designer Dubdem for this release
readers can download free posters here [http://www.dubreality.com/IRSilentWarriorPropagandaKit.zip]
Available from iTunes, Beatport,Juno Downloads and other digital sites, distributed by Believe Digital France.
Juno Downloads http://tiny.cc/wcprzx
INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE: EMBRACING THE CHAOS TO STAND TALL
Releases another intercontinental collaboration: IR 37 Silent Warrior Insurrection Mix
Humans first stood tall in Africa. This track began there as well.
In Ethiopia are the Adwa Mountains. The West, aka European civilization, should remember what happened there, but sadly if you are going to discuss Adwa you will get blank stares or indifference. Italy was defeated there. In 1896. By a brilliant partnership between Empress Taitu and Emperor Menelik. The Ethiopian tactical acumen was exemplified by the Empress, a brilliant strategist she was, cutting off the Italian’s access to water before the start of the battle. Let that sink in. Before the start of the battle. March 1st, 1896 marks the first occasion where an African nation defeated a European world power on the African continent. It was a victory that inspired many at that time fighting for their independence against colonial powers.
IR felt this little remembered fact of history should be honored. So The Ghost traveled to Tigray province in Ethiopia and started sowing the seeds of the song. On the mountaintop, he wrote and recorded the chorus, which is sung by a young Ethiopian dubist. The words are an ode to the victory of the Ethiopians. Italy was so shocked, and disappointed by the victory, they could not accept that their proud army had been defeated by an African nation, so much so that some newspapers even substituted photos of Russian generals instead of Ethiopian generals in the reports of the battle, relegating the win to another white superpower instead of African patriots fighting to keep their sovereignty. Empire builders seem to forget this time and again and think power and might trumps all: Vietnam, Nicaragua, Algeria , Kenya. This victory at Adawa was crucial for Ethiopia’s future and allowed them to be a nation who never fell under colonial rule.
To IR, this victory has immense significance in the global fight against colonialism happening right now.
This is the video for the mix done by Santiago ” Dangerous Editor” Ospina
The genesis of the track began in a small simple African village. Here The Ghost wrote a mixture of lyrics and a collage of different phrases of indigenous philosophy that had been recounted to him. Some of these philosophies can be found documented in our book “IR 30 Indigenous Visions Of Dub”. The Ghost also pulled in influences from “Africa Anarchism: The History Of A Movement”, “The Native Creative Process”, and the album “When The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade” as he created the lyrical framework. IR was very aware of the fact that what we were creating would not fit into a conventional song structure: IR wanted to create something that would be food for thought for activists and those contemplating ACTION. The Ghost knew this was an idea-laden track, but it had to groove as well.
This collage of lyrics and philosophy and idea upon idea was then sent to singer songwriter Cristiane D, of Pittsburgh, PA to mold into a melody and form, songlike, but still different. The song was to be IR’s response to the questions and concerns The Ghost has heard through his travels. People concerned and feeling uncertain in the face of what they perceive as mounting danger and chaos in the world. We wanted to take another viewpoint and point out the positives and that could taken out of what could be described as situations of “chaos”.
As the lyrics for this track states: “you can’t order the universe but you can find what natural forces are in it that you need to do things right. You must be comfortable with chaos and depend on it to get things done. Chaos is the opportunity to thrive, grow, the realization nothing is fixed; movement, change is the possibility.”
In a time when people are feeling very insecure we also wanted to impart a notion of trust as a foundation; the importance of people trusting themselves and trusting their intuition.
Dutty Bookman at the launch of his recent book “Fatidic: selected Duttyisms” said something that resonates with the spirit of this project “lets not be afraid to say what we need to say…lets just do it…we live in a time where there is so much chaos in the world so much danger in the world we just have to put up a barrier against the fear of living in these times…and just free up!”
Christiane D created the English choruses that became pivotal to expressing the theme. “You will know you will know… waiting for the right moment to appear, waiting for the right moment to work , waiting for the right moment to disappear” which is the modus operandi with which IR has produced art actions in different parts of the world. We enter. We work. We disappear. In the present day world of super-hype, where press releases are written even when the uber-famous do something uber-trivial to boost up their ratings, sales, ego; our focus is solely on the creation and message of the work.
As Christiane D worked on reshaping the lyrics her revisions were sent to Tapedave and The Ghost who provided feedback and additional thoughts and lyrics. This back and forth via email continued until IR had the messages they wanted.
Producer and beatmaker Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl created a rough mix of beats that was built around the Adawa chorus recorded by The Ghost in Ethiopia. This basic glimmer of a track was relayed to Asian Dub Foundation members, guitarist, Chandrasonic in England and, bassist, Dr Das in Belgium. Even though ADF were in the midst of hectic live gigging including dates playing their original live soundtrack to the film “La Haine”, Das and Chandrasonic sent us their parts by email. Their contributions perfectly matched the tone of what IR wanted to create. ADF are incendiary and brilliant, especially when taken in live. Make an effort to catch up with them as they get ready to release their new album ” More Signal, More Noise” on July 10 and available through Believe Digital France.
By dub coincidence Christiane D recorded her vocals at Soy Sos’ Tuff Sound Recordings on March 1 , 2015 which also happened to be the anniversary of the Battle of Adawa.
IR first became aware of the work of Christiane D and Soy Soy years ago when a dubist conspirator Prasonik turned us on to their work with the group “3 Generations Walking” who did a great house inflected version of a Burning Spear classic “Slavery Days” and then we found their work in their band “Soma Mestizo”. IR was amazed when they heard the dub-beautiful soaring vocals of Christiane D because they were exactly what they envisioned for a new IR track. This lead IR to contact them and with them we created a collaboration “Eagle Screaming Red Sky Alight” that also featured Pandit G of ADF, Adrian Sherwood, Chuck D and Omar Perry. It was the first of various collaborations done with Soy Sos and Christiane D. Soy Sos’ dub intuitive approach to mixing has resulted in some of IR’s favorite collaborations and again he wove his mixing magic on these mixes. Its a dub tapestry mix full of sonic details with Brazilian tinged percussion adding to a flowing groove. Legendary mastering engineer Kevin Metcalfe added his own subtle nuances to the mix at Soundmasters in the UK. His touch can be especially felt on the “Silent Warrior: Empress Taitu Cutting The Pathway To Victory Mix”. Kevin’s mastering accentuates the subtle tasty grooves driven by Dr Das’ propelling bassline and the quietly menacing guitar work of Chandrasonic. The mix title is a reference to the prowess of the Empress as she commanded her battalion on the battlefield at Adwa.
IR was very pleased with the final result and the dub creative process. We wanted to share a communication we received from Dr Das because for us it perfectly sums up perfectly what we were aiming for with the track:
“There is such a feeling of forward motion-but not rushing-measured, informed, disciplined and determined, like a people’s army, as the lyrics state “waiting for the right moment”. A good example of the music itself illustrating and pre-empting the lyrics. Soy has made a very intelligent placement of all the elements – using the stereo field as well as volume levels. It’s a metaphor for collective action, where everyone gives each other space, takes responsibility and gets on with their role without waiting to be told what to do nor having to tell anyone else – intuition and anarchism. When I heard the implied anarchism in the lyrics my face lit up with recognition. A present and future anthem.”
It is IR’s hope that this track can make some contribution to fueling the spirit of resistance around the world. A resistance we see different parts of the world exemplified by the contribution of the Rebel Youth in Colombia, who we work with, and those in West Papua who continue to fight for their freedom against the tyranny of the Indonesian government. Not an exhaustive list to be sure, there are more than a few places around the world where human rights must be attended to. We hope this track drops in on them as well.
The videos for these mixes were created by Colombian filmmaker Santiago “Dangerous Editor” Ospina. The production reflects IR’s creative approach. We find collaborators who we can trust resolutely. IR’s only instruction to Santiago was relaying this personal anecdote to him: “That sometimes the most hardcore things we have said directly to the faces of authority has been said with such soft voice and so calmly that it took them till the next day to realize the magnitude of what we said. By that time we had already disappeared (to the frustration of the enraged authorities).”
This sets the tone for the very lyrical and poetic visuals created by Santiago as he travelled through Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador specifically filming material for these videos. We suggest to watch with an open mind and to pay attention to the small details as he shows you some indigenous reality in South America. You can get a further insight into his videos for this project here [https://irdangerouseditor.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/8/]
Visuals are an essential and vital part of this project, Brazilian designer Dubdem worked tirelessly creating artwork which drew on the triumph of the Ethiopian victory and wove in successful moments of indigenous resistance in Mexico and Brazil. Dubdem has created special free posters matching lyrics and images that can be downloaded and easily assembled to create giant posters for some extra guerilla street actions. To honor his contribution we created a special site where you can view the many different versions of cover art and posters he created for this release, which were also a huge inspiration as we created the recording.
You can view the complete Dubdem artwork here [https://silentwarrior.wordpress.com/]
IR 30 Indigenous Visions Of Dub” [http://amzn.to/1Hbeplt]
“Africa Anarchism: The History Of A Movement” [http://amzn.to/1IwpIiJ]
“The Native Creative Process” [http://amzn.to/1IbRANc]
“When The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5l6BdUviQE]
“3 Generations Walking” [http://amzn.to/1BJqNqK]
“Eagle Screaming Red Sky Alight” [http://amzn.to/1IbWcmu]
Asian Dub Foundation [http://asiandubfoundation.com/site/]
Dr Das solo albums [https://drdas.bandcamp.com/]
Christiane D solo album [http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ChristianeD]
INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE is a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases are completely autonomous self-funded works achieved through barter, little money, but an abundance of commitment and co-operation.
To extend the music out from the indigenous ghettos, IR has created a new model of partnership between indigenous people and western artists. This runs counter to the “ROCK STAR MODE” (i.e., Sting, Paul Simon) of portraying exotic indigenous people who are in need of rock stars to accomplish anything of importance and are incapable of independent self-directed actions but excellent for photo ops standing besides the liberal-leaning pop idols.
IR runs counter to this trend of this exotification of the indigenous in our collaborations. IR works with indigenous people who live and fight in the jungles for their freedom, we also acknowledge and work with the thousands of indigenous people who live in the favelas (poor areas) of Brazil’s major cities like Sao Paulo. These include indigenous computer wizards…Hackers. The image of indigenous people being proficient with computer programming is counter to the current exotic image of indigenous people.” IR originates out of the so called “third” and “fourth” world. (Fourth world was a term coined by indigenous activist George Manuel to describe indigenous territories worldwide.) Resourcefulness and ingenuity are the essence of our work as we often work without what many in the “first” world take for granted, like money, stable electricity, instant electronic communication…for a start.
IR also stands for indigenous reality, creating works that show the world of the indigenous as they really are, not the manufactured photo ops published in the mainstream press
The genesis of our new IR35 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.
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 Jamaican artists 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 IR35.
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: Dub: Transparente Remix” A dub track mixed at Anchor Studio in Kingston, Jamaica with real roots drumming from Rashaun “Black kush” McAnuff, 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 alongside commentary by Zumbi & Kokonda Dub.
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 you can reach Soundmasters at this link [ 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 IR35 mix with an extra energy.
If you wish to support the cause the track is available here from Itunes http://tinyurl.com/oouc3r6
This mix will also be featured on an upcoming international compilation organised by Colombian Rebel Youth entitled ” Dub Traffic” which will feature groups like Migración Sonora, Dr Das Dubnoiz Sound System, Dj Soundar and Bassassin.
The video for this track marks the debut of Colombian photographer Hans Fhilip as a video producer/editor.It also includes video footage filmed by Andres Buitrago Special thanks to Andres Buitrago and Fairtunes Colombia for contributing film footage of the Emberá indigenous community .The video features the live grafitti painting by Colombian grafitti artist Chite Yarumo as he visually interprets some of the images on the Dubdem cover art for IR35 in his own unique style .These include images of Brazilian indigenous warriors and Jah9 . Chite Yarumo was the artist responsible for the giant IR mural in the Candelaria district of Bogota that featured images of Chief Poundmaker, Dutty Bookman , Franz Fanon and Jah9 among others .
The mural attracted alot of international attention and was featured in the video by Argentinean / French rapper Keny Arkana and the image Chite Yarumo painted of Jah9 is featured in her website you can view it here http://www.jah9.com/social-2/
The day of the painting was a community event organised by IR and local InBassion crew as djs Pikó del Interior, Bassassin and Ana a Secas from Chia and Dj Soundar from France played music for folks in the neighbourhood in Chia , Colombia where the painting was taken place.
Since it was a sunday families were out on the street for a stroll and enjoyed the music as they passed by.
photo by Hans Fhilip
As is the case with IR projects this event and this video are labours of love .Committed folks volunteering their time even as they cope with day to day responsibilities & pressures of everyday survival . Events and videos like these happen without budgets and little resources but with alot of cooperation between the participants.
Photo by Agua Vivo
Events and videos like these happen without budgets and little resources but with alot of cooperation between the participants.
photo by Agua Vivo
In between scenes of the actual painting of the grafitti the viewer also gets to see some of the social issues that facing folks in Colombia. One sees scenes of protest marches and demonstrations by the indIgenous Emberra people in the Choco , Region of Colombia.As is the case in Brazil indigenous people are rigorously fighting and defending their rights to their ancestral lands.In the Chia region where the grafitti was painted there is deep concern about the contamination and enviromental damage being done to the rivers. Rebel Colombian Youth have organised a festival called Akzion Por El Frio ( ARF) to call attention to damage being done to the local rivers and eco systems.If you look carefully at the t shirt the grafitti artist Chite Yarumo is wearing you will see tha it is a T shirt for this festival and you will also see another mural for the festival painted by Chite Yarumo in the video.
The video also makes the links to other cooperative actions organised by IR with other conspirators in Brazil. Dubdem Soundsystem and IR organised an event called “Dub For Galdino” a free community event at Cohab 5, Malvina in Sao Paulo Brazil.
It featured a free concert by former Asian Dub Foundation lead rapper Deeder Zaman ( whose words are heard at start of the video) with Dubdem Soundsystem and a free silkscreening workshop by Labomb where the children of the neighbourhood were taught how to make their own Galdino T shirts.
Photos by Fabdub
IR is always cognizant of the bigger picture and for us that means an awareness that we are fighting against an oppressive Babylonian system in all its forms . The video utilises photographs taken by Akaider of an art action done by IR,Labomb & Dubdem in Sao Paulo,Brazil. Clandestinely a giant banner was glued by night to the top of a building and stencil art done above it . The banner referenced the Dubdem remixed covers of the books ” Parable Of The Sower” a science fiction futurist book with social justice themes by Octavia E . Butller . One also sees a visual remix of the cover of the book”African Anarchism: The History Of A Movement” by Sam Mbah & I.E. lgariwey.
In stencils above the banner we wrote” Breaking Up Babylon’s Illusions” for us this title went perfectly with another image in the banner the cover of the seminal album by Mark Stewart & The Mafia ” When The Veneer Of Democracy Begins To Fade”
The intent of this video was not to make some glossy high end video replete with music video cliches but instead to highlight collective cooperative actions wether done in broadlight or clandestinately at night. These actions are spontaneous ,organised autonomously with people taking the iniative create their own events and actions knowing they have a global network of people ready to back them up.The focus is really on doing concrete actions regardless of scale but making a tangible action to attempt to make a difference.
In this video you see an example of a spontaneous action organised by InBassion crew .Upon receiving a copy of the IR book ” IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub” they printed out the experimental revoltionary art posters with black indigenous and human rights themes and covered their stand at a festival with the images and creating a giant collage.Their goal being to educate people in attendance about issues like the murder of Pataxo warrior Galdino.
Amongst the final images you see in the video are those of a giant banner of Galdino designed by Dubdem . In a clandestine art action done by Labomb & IR a two story building in the Lapa neighbourhood in Rio De Janeiro ,Brazil was scaled and a giant banner of Galdino was attached to the top of the building. Amazingly this banner stayed up there untouched for two years while other posters in the neighbourhood were immediately torn down .
As Labomb states at the end of the video “Brasil is a country without memory .this is somehing tragic..its for this reason that makes it even more important to put up banners and posters to remind the youth what happened to Galdino”
Stay tune for upcoming IR collaboration with Asian Dub Foundation, Soy Sos and Christiane D
entitled ” Silient Warrior: Insurrection Mix” and a new video done by Santiago “The Dangerous Editor” Ospina.
This will be the cover art that Dubdem has done for this release.
INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE es un colectivo musicalmente revolucionario que realiza interesantes colaboraciones alrededor del mundo entre las culturas indígenas de la selva, las favelas y barrios, con aquellos en el mundo industrializado que trabajan en su magia musical en sus estudios de grabación o en sus laptops. Los lanzamientos de IR son trabajos completamente autónomos y auto gestionados, con fondos propios mediante trueque, poco dinero, pero una gran abundancia de compromiso y cooperación.
Para extender la música fuera de los ghettos indígenas, IR ha creado un nuevo modelo de colaboración entre artistas occidentales y los pueblos indígenas. Esto va en contra del modo “Rock Star” (i.e., Sting, Paul Simon), un método incapaz de realizar acciones independientes y autodirigidas, con el único propósito de retratar indígenas “exóticos” que necesitan de estas “estrellas” para lograr algún grado de importancia.
En sus colaboraciones, IR va en contra de la tendencia de no reconocer la esencia los pueblos indígenas y que simplemente los ven como algo “exótico”. IR trabaja con los indígenas que viven y luchan en las selvas por su libertad, también reconocemos y trabajamos con miles de indígenas que viven en las favelas (zonas pobres) de las principales ciudades de Brasil como Sao Paulo. La imagen de indígenas mostrando sus habilidades en el manejo de computadores y programación informática (los hackers), va en contra de la actual concepto que se tiene de los pueblos indígenas de verlos como algo “exótico”. IR nace por fuera del llamado “tercer” y “cuarto” mundo. (Cuarto mundo fue un término acuñado por el activista indígena George Manuel para describir los territorios indígenas de todo el mundo.)
Recursividad e ingenio son la esencia de nuestro trabajo, a veces trabajamos sin lo que muchos en el “primer” mundo dan por sentado, como el dinero, electricidad y comunicación electrónica instantánea.
IR también representa la realidad indígena mundial, creando proyectos que muestran el mundo indígena tal y como es, no como las fotos arregladas que se publican en los medios de comunicación dominantes.
El origen de nuestro nuevo lanzamiento IR35, comenzó con la realización de IR33 “Korogocho DUBuMentry and graffitti experience” en Nairobi, Kenya. IR se inspiró en circunstancias encontradas en un barrio marginal de Korogocho y con esto desarrollar un mural, todo el registro visual de la pintada fue hecho por parte de un crew local.
(El video IR33 The Korogocho DUBuMentry & Grafitti Experience en vimeo acá vimeo.com/103220809)
En la sala de edición de African Aftermath Media, mientras se traslapaban los sonidos del dub sobre imágenes de los artistas kenyanos pintando el mural, el IR Crew empezó a unir algunos fragmentos de tracks de los artistas Jamaiquinos Sawandi y Jah9 publicados previamente, junto con las destrezas de Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger en las mezclas. Todos estos sonidos forman la base de la banda sonora del video. También nos inspiró a consultar otras mezclas para así crear un nuevo Dub que fuera capaz de destacar la sutileza de Sawandi en el teclado y la inmensa voz de Jah9.
El hecho de que estos “tracks” estuvieran centrados en el terrible asesinato del Indígena Brasilero Pataxo, Galdino, y la posterior amnesia que afectó a los medios de comunicación brasileros sobre este hecho desde que ocurrió, fue pensar en una nueva forma de volver a contar la verdad acerca de lo sucedido con Galdino. Por esta razón el IR Crew decidió llevar a cabo IR 35.
Empieza un proceso de intercambio a través de internet entre “The Ghost” y Tapedave. Por un lado, Tapedave implementando su gran imaginación y sus habilidades en edición, y por el otro “The Ghost” fluyendo con sus auténticos sonidos en términos de “drum and bass”. El resultado es “Galdino: Dub: Transparente Remix” un track muy “Dub” mezclado en Anchor Studio en Kingston, Jamaica, con percusiones de raíces auténticas por parte de Kush, un miembro de la banda Jamaiquina “Roots Uprising” poniendo un ritmo constante y uniforme creando así la base donde flotan los sutiles teclados de Sawandi, generando una sensación mística para complementar las líricas agudas escritas por Jah9 y Tapedave.
Con el fin de que el bajo suene grueso y rico en frecuencias graves en la mezcla final, IR encontró a Kevin Metcalfe de Soundmasters en Inglaterra (Pueden indagar más sobre Soundmasters en este link www.soundmasters.co.uk), para masterizar el nuevo remix y re masterizar el tema original de Sawandi “Defiance In The Shadows Mix”. Kevin es uno de los ingenieros de masterización más buscados por una buena razón; su extensa experiencia y trayectoria, puesto que ha trabajado en álbumes de The Kinks y David Bowie para RCA y después masterizó clásicos de artistas como Dennis Brown, Lee Scratch Perry, Black Uhuru, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Robert Plant y varios discos de Adrian Sherwood en On U Sound. De hecho nuestro vinilo favorito de 10 pulgadas “Keep On Dancing” de Bim Sherman y Dub Syndicate fue masterizado por Kevin Metcalfe. Eso era precisamente lo que nosotros queríamos, ese estilo de drum and bass, quebradizo pero retumbante que hemos tenido la oprtunidad de esuchar en grandes Sound Systems, y claramente Kevin no nos defraudó, trajo unas hermosas líneas de bajo que después fueron impregnadas en el mix IR35 con una energía extra.
Este mix también estará presente en un compilado internacional titulado “Dub Traffic” realizado por un grupo de jóvenes DUBversivos en Colombia, el cual contará con la participación de bandas y Dj’s como Migración Sonora, Dr Das Dubnoiz Sound System, Dj Soundar y Bassassin.
Galdino Dub: Transparente Remix feat Tapedave & Jah9
es disponible en Itunes acá:http://tinyurl.com/oouc3r6
El video para éste tema muestra el debut del fotógrafo Colombiano Hans Fhilip como productor de video y editor.Agradecimiento especial a Fairtunes Colombia y Andres Buitrago por contribuir con los vídeos de las comunidades Emberá.El video muestra la pintada en vivo del artista Colombiano Chite Yarumo quien con su particular estilo, representa algunas de las imágenes del arte diseñado por Dubdem para IR35. Esto tambien incluye imágenes de guerros indígenas de Brazil y Jah9. Chite yarumo fue el encargado del gran mural de Indigenous Resistance en el barrio La Candelaria en Bogotá, el cual tiene imágenes de Chief Poundmaker, Dutty Bookman, Franz Fanon y Jah9 entre otros.
(Este mural atrae mucha atención internacional, un ejemplo, es el video de la rapera Argentina/Francesa Keny Arkana donde aparece la imagén de Jah9 pintada por Chite Yarumo, en este link pueden ver el video (www.jah9.com/social-2/).)
El día de la pintada del mural se organizó un evento por parte de IR y el Crew InBassion, donde sacamos el sound system a la calle y Dj’s como Soundar de Francia y locales como Pikó del Interior, Bassassin y Ana a Secas, rodaron sus vinilos e hicieron pasar un buen rato a los curiosos transeúntes , familias, y gente que pasaba por el lugar, en un barrio de Chía-Colombia.
Como es el caso, este evento y este video es un trabajo de amor y compromiso llevados a cabo por jóvenes que ofrecen parte de su tiempo, incluso mientras se enfrentan a sus responsabilidades del día a día y de las presiones de la supervivencia cotidiana. Eventos y videos como estos se hacen reales con cero presupuesto y pocos recursos pero con mucha cooperación entre sus participantes.
En medio de las escenas anteriores, el espectador podrá ver algunos aspectos sociales que están enfrentando los colombianos. Marchas de protesta por parte de los indígenas embera en el departamento del Chocó en Colombia, como es también el caso de Brasil, pueblos indígenas luchando y resistiendo para defender sus territorios ancestrales.
En Chía, el pueblo donde fue pintado el mural, hay una gran preocupación en cuanto a la contaminación y el daño ambiental que están sufriendo los rios. Un crew de jóvenes DUBversivos organizan un festival llamado Akzion Por El Río Frío cuyo propósito es dar a conocer la problemática que atraviesan los ríos y sus ecosistemas en su municipio y zonas aledañas. Si miran bien la camiseta que lleva puesta el artista Chite Yarumo se darán cuenta que es la del festival.
Este video también vincula otras acciones colectivas organizadas por IR junto con otros conspiradores en Brasil. Para esta ocasión IR y Dubdem Soundsystem unieron fuerzas y organizaron un evento llamado “Dub For Galdino”, un evento gratuito dirigido a la comunidad de Cohab 5, Malvina en Sao Paulo. Contaron con la colaboración del rapero Deeder Zaman, primer Mc de la banda Asian Dub Foundation (Cuyas palabras aparecen al comienzo del video), con Dubdem Soundsystem y ofrecieron también un taller gratuito de estampado liderado por Labomb, donde se enseñó a los niños como hacer sus propias camisetas de Galdino.
IR siempre está alerta y para nosotros esto significa generar conciencia y seguir luchando en contra de este sistema opresivo en todas sus formas! En el video aparecen imagenes tomadas por Akaider, quien captura los momentos de la intervención artística realizada por IR, Labomb y Dubdem en Sao Paulo, Brazil. En la noche, pegaron clandestinamente un banner gigante en la parte alta de un edificio junto con un fantástico stencil. El banner hace referencia a los remixes gráficos de las portadas de los libros “Parable of the Sower” un libro de ciencia ficción futurista con temas de justicia social de Octavia E. Buttler. También se puede ver otro remix gráfico de la portada del libro “African Anarchisim: The History of a Movement” de Sam Mbah & I.E. Igariwy. En los stencils que aparecen arriba del banner, escribimos esto: “Breaking up Babylon’s illusions”, para nosotros este título encaja perfecto con otra de las imágenes que aparecen en el banner, la portada del álbum de Mark Stewart & The Mafia “When The Veneer Of Democracy Begins To Fade”.
La intención de este video no es mostrar clichés, sino resaltar la cooperación entre los colaboradores y su trabajo en colectivo desarrollando acción directa bien sea a la luz del día, o en la clandestinidad de la noche. Estas acciones son completamente espontáneas, organizadas autónomamente con personas que tienen la iniciativa de crear sus propios eventos y acciones sin importar tamaño o escala, pero haciéndolos tangibles y reales para poder marcar una diferencia.
En este video, también se puede ver una acción completamente expontánea organizada por InBassion Crew dentro del marco del Festival Akzion por El Río Frío. Una vez recibieron la copia del libro “IR30 Indigenous Visions In Dub”, imprimieron los revolucionarios posters los cuales contienen imágenes en pro de los derechos humanos y derechos de los pueblos indígenas, y cubrieron un stand formando un gran collage. Su propósito era dar a conocer y concientizar a la comunidad sobre temas ambientales, artísticos y sociales, como el asesinato de Galdino el Guerrero Pataxo.
Entre las últimas imágenes diseñadas por Dubdem, que se ven en el video, son aquellas que aparecen en el banner gigante de Galdino en el Barrio Lapa en Rio de Janeiro-Brasil, se llevó a cabo una intervención clandestina realizada por IR y Labomb en la parte superior un edificio de dos pisos, donde el banner fue adherido al edificio. Sorpresivamente este banner se ha mantenido firme durante 2 años!
Como lo dice Labomb en la última parte del video “Brasil es un país sin memoria, esto es algo trágico, y es por ésta razón que hace aún más importante el hecho de pegar banners y posters en las calles, para recordarle a los jóvenes lo que pasó con Galdino”.
Quédense en sintonía, pronto vienen más colaboraciones por parte de Asian Dub Foundation,Soy Sos y Christiane D. titulada “Silent Warrior”: Insurrection Mix” ( con un capa con una capa diseñada por dubdem) y un nuevo video hecho por Santiago Ospina “The Dangerous Editor”
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 you can reach Soundmasters at this link [ 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.
IR released a two song single on iTines with the Galdino remix and the vocal version with Jah9 .
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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/
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/
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.
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 !
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
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:
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 .
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
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..