Dub Reality
Indigenous Resistance

Nov
26

SEMIRA: ADRIAN SHERWOOD IR DUB MIX::SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

DUBumentary by  The Dangerous Editor , with premieres in Jamaica, Brazil, Colombia and Uganda.

New IR Guerrilla Art Action Honors The Slain And The Missing: Sandra Bland, Sarah Lee Circle Bear, Semira Adamu and Nelly Stharre. IR Indigenous Resistance is a global resistance collective creating music that is crucial to the Indigenous movement. IR, the music/art collective, could not stand silent after learning of three black and indigenous women who died at the hands of police when in custody. We decided on a guerrilla art action in Chia, Colombia. While we were recruiting the artists and scouting the locations for the art, we understood that it was important to take a different approach to a new IR film to underscore and add context to the police violence so prevalent in our society. At times, we wonder, if people have become anesthetized when they see images of police brutality, day after day, night after night. At the same time, for some, viewing the repetition of these images might also impart a disempowering effect. Instead, IR’s focus is on resistance and how to use knowledge and learning as a tool of resistance. In order to make this film even more subversive, we had the key narrative provided by two Brazilian black women who live in one of the favelas (ghettoes) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In our film, one of the Brazilian women is writing a placard that reads “nao somos fabricas de bandidos”, which is roughly translated as: “black women aren’t factories for producing criminals/bandits”. Black women in Brazil, especially from the favelas, aren’t usually associated by the general public or the media, with learning, books, actively seeking knowledge and continuing resistance against oppressive systems.Yet, in the film it is these women who provide life-affirming images of continued resistance as they passionately and subversively detail their relationship with knowledge and art as a tool of resistance. This is especially vital to young children watching this film. In the film, we gave scenes to Colombian graffiti artists Chite Yarumo, Agua Viva, Ana a Secas, Mono & Casomiso who teamed up to paint images of the slain women as an acknowledgement of the harsh and brutal reality that existed for them and others. Intercut is footage of Afro Colombian protest marches in Bogota, Colombia filmed by Santiago Ospina.

This is obviously resistance in another form, yet the key for IR is the focus on affirmation, resistance but pushing toward the positive as we push away from the negative. At the same time, we wanted to humanize the black women activists since one of the strategies of the system is to dehumanize the victims in order to facilitate their murders, or allow their murders to be forgotten. Sandra Bland was an activist when she died in police custody. Semira Adamu also had a family that mourned her when she died in police custody in Belgium. Sarah Lee Circle Bear was a mother with children when she died in police custody.

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We pick up the threads and make the connections with Rosiane Cardosa and Francilene Cardosa, Brazillian women, who are also activists, also mothers, to erase the illusions and prejudices one might have when confronting activism from the other side of the barricade. The mural, and then our film, also honors Rastafari singer and humanitarian activist Nelly Stharre. Ms Stharre’s burnt body was found in what was said to be house fire on the island of Dominica. It’s been months now, and there is yet to be any completed investigation to rule out the possibility of foul play. IR wonders why the authorities are dragging their feet? Is it intentional? Nelly was a dear friend and coconspirator of IR. In the mural you can see alongside Nelly is a piece of text, written in Amharic, one of the ancient Ethiopian languages. Translated the phrase means “a true warrior” which is how we will always remember her.

The film is also specially sent out to all the missing First Nations women in Canada and those who struggled and fought over the years to prevent their cases being swept under the rug. Because these were indigenous women and for some that meant their lives somehow had less value. This film was created by Santiago “The Dangerous Editor” Ospina. This film and the mural were another of the totally self-sufficient, autonomous works of resistance organized by IR, InBASSion crew and Colombian Rebel Youth supported by an international network of conspirators. The many IR members work in the shadows and can be found in diverse locations such as Africa, Australia, Jamaica and Turtle Island. The soundtrack for this DUBumentary was provided by Asian Dub Foundation with their track Semira which was mixed by Adrian Sherwood and the IR track Sacred Dub for Nelly Stharre:Dr Das’ African Anarchist Mix. IR will be drop screenings and information sessions down in different parts of the world. Our initial event kicks off with Sankofa Sessions in Kingston, Jamaica. Then we will continue with events in Rio De Janeiro & Sao Luis, Maranho, Brazil and then in Kampala, Uganda with Maisha Film Lab, with more screenings to be announced in the future. [ Sankofa Sessions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSankofaSessions/ ] [ Link to DUBumentary on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61UU2I0t6r4 ] These tracks can be found on the releases More SIgnal More Noise from Asian Dub Foundation and IR 36 Galdino Extension of Truth. Both are distributed by Believe Digital (France) and can be found on most digital platforms like iTunes ,Beatport, Juno downloads and Bandcamp. IR also means Resist Injustice. We are always cognizant of the big picture. The IR philosophy is clearly summarized by one of the phrases painted beside the portrait of Sandra Bland in Spanish; translated it urges “with love and resistance in our hearts we fight against Babylon system”. More IR at http://www.dubreality.com  IR Press Contact: mtdublab (@)gmail.com

Big up to the Field Negro Blog and Dave Watts for providing information on Sarah Lee Circle and  the title dub inspiration and Bobby Dubman for facilitating the musical dub , Dubdem for the original art that sparked all of this and Tapedave for the glorious dub art that is on IR site version of this press release.

Nov
14

IR 36 GALDINO: Extension Of Truth                                      

Full Length Album

Digital Release Only

Artist: Indigenous Resistance12033170_901818976538073_4605238612502770004_n

Label: Indigenous Resistance

Cover Art: Dubdem

All tracks published by Atuadub (CMRRA)

Digital release through iTunes, Believe

   Digital (France) and Bandcamp

Bandcamp release  HERE features the exclusive

Dr Das   bonus mix

Label Media Contact:

mtdublab [ @ ]gmail.com

1.) Silent Warrior: Insurrection Mix (Christiane

D., Soy Sos, Chandrasonic, Dr Das, The Ghost,

Tapedave) 5:24

Vocals: Christiane D and Young Dubist; Beats

and Production; Soy Sos, Ghosting: The Ghost;

Guitars: Chandrasonic (Asian Dub Foundation),

Bass: Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation).

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. To IR, this victory has immense significance in the global fight against colonialism happening right now.

The video for the mix was created by Santiago ”Dangerous Editor” Ospina

You can get a further insight into Ospina’s videos here

2) Semira: Adrian Sherwood IR Mural Mix

Honoring Sandra Bland, Sarah Lee Circle, Semira

Adamu (Nathan Lee, Chandrasonic, Dr Das) 4:32

Asian Dub Foundation with Adrian Sherwood.

Asian Dub Foundation delivers this beautiful piece of dub music featuring the flute playing of Nathan ”Flutebox “Lee, Chandrasonic’s guitar and the bassline by Dr Das. Dubmaster Adrian Sherwood is at the helm of the mixing board for this gem. The track was originally composed by ADF to honour the memory of Semira Adamu who died in the custody of Belgium authorities. IR, Chite Yarumo, InBassion and Rebel Youth in Colombia are painting a special mural in Chia , Colombia that will honour the memories of Semira and two other women who recently died in police custody in the U.S.A; a black woman, Sandra Bland, and an indigenous woman, Sarah Lee Circle Bear. Santiago” The Dangerous Editor” is creating a video based on the painting of this mural in Colombia combined with footage filmed in Morro De Babilonia, Rio De Janeiro , Brazil.There will be special screenings of this video organised for Jamaica, Uganda, Brazil and Colombia. Stay tuned!

Recently grafitti artist Chite Yarumo painted a mural in Colombia and along with IR , InBASSion and Rebel Youth in Colombia

arranged for the live painting of the mural to be webcast live to the Sankofa Sessions in Kingston,Jamaica .The first time something like this had been in Jamaica,

here is a section of the mural painted by Chite Yarumo

mural in Chia Colombia painted by Chite Yarumo

mural in Chia Colombia painted by Chite Yarumo

3) Galdino Transparente Dub: Tapedave Remix (Jah9, Sawandi Simon, Tapedave, The Ghost) 5:58

[Brasil] Vocals: Zumbi & Pataxó Singers; [Jamaica] Vocals: Jah9; Keyboards and Production:

Sawandi; Drums: Rashaun “Black Kush” McAnuff (Root’s Uprising).

The genesis of this track  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. The original dub track was 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. While laying it into the film, The IR crew realized 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. IR had another idea for another mix and this one was born through the creative alliance of The Ghost with Tapedave. Dubheavy bass mastering by Kevn Metcalfe (Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru, The Clash) of Soundmasters in the UK..

4) Galdino Jesus Dos Santos: D. WattsRiot Mix

(D. WattsRiot, Deeder Zaman, Zumbi, The Ghost)

Deeder Zaman in Brazil with Dubdem soundsystem.he provides vocals on dwattsRiot remix

Deeder Zaman in Brazil with Dubdem soundsystem.he provides vocals on dwattsRiot remix

5:10.

[England] Vocals and Production: Deeder Zaman

[Canary Islands] Guitar: Arka Medina; Mix:

Manolin; Direction: Galdino Jesus Dos Santos;

Music, beats, vocal and arrangement: D. Watts

Riot; [Brazil] Vocals & Production: The Ghost;

Vocals: Pataxó Singers &  Zumbi; Indigenous

Flute: by Pataxó Singers; [Jamaica] Mastering:

Gary Sutherland, Tuff Gong.

A bassheavy dub missile to the dancefloor.Galdino Jesus dos Santos was an indigenous Pataxó activist born and based in Brasil. His story: In 1997, he attended an indigenous rights meeting in Brasilia. Unfortunately, he missed the last bus to his lodging, and as is the custom for many Brasilians, he stayed all night in the bus shelter in order to catch the next morning bus. A group of youths—the sons of the capital’s elite judges and lawyers—found Galdino asleep. As a cruel joke, they poured gasoline on him. Then they set him on fire. Galdino died after suffering burns to 90 percent of his body. These murderous actions are a hideous metaphor of the politics of Brasil’s economically powerful elites and how they perceive the poor as ‘powerless’ and exploitable.

Our story: Indigenous Resistance attended the trial of Galdino’s murderers. We met his family and were shown the coroner’s photos of his charred corpse. I.R. was also witness to the special treatment given—and light punishment meted out to—the murderers. In the years since his death, we have watched the Brasilian mediamcontinuously mute all coverage and remembrance  of Galdino’s tragedy. This state of neglect stands in sharp contrast to the high visibility given annually for the death of journalist Tim Lopes. But we know that Galdino’s death is not an isolated incident. It opens up urgent issues of land demarcation; the exploitation of resources on indigenous ancestral lands; and the abysmal state of indigenous rights throughout Brasil in general. There is no silence on Galdino’s story—only shadows.

5) Silent Warrior: Empress Taitu Cutting The Path To Victory Mix (Christiane D., Soy Sos, Chandrasonic, Dr Das, The

Ghost, Tapedave) 5:24

Vocals: Christiane D. and Young Dubist; Beats and Production; Soy Sos, Ghosting: The Ghost; Guitars: Chandrasonic

(Asian Dub Foundation), Bass: Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation).

art by Dubdem

art by Dubdem

A groove focussed remix of track one “Silent Warrior: Insurrection Mix”. The words are an ode to the victory of the Ethiopians at Adawa under the direction of Empress Taitu. 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 was crucial for Ethiopia’s future and allowed them to be a nation who never fell under colonial rule. Christiane D’s affirming chorus “you will know you will know” emphasizes the subversiveness of this groove-laden piece

6) Galdino: Pataxo Warrior Sawandi’s Defiance In the

Shadows (Jah9, Sawandi Simon, Tapedave, The Ghost)

6:09

[Brasil] Vocals: Zumbi & Pataxó Singers; [Jamaica]

Vocals: Jah9; Keyboards and Production: Sawandi

Simon; Drums: Rashaun “Blackush” McAnuff; Dub

Mix: Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger;. Dub Inspiration: Sade

Simon; Emergency Dub Logistics: Sabriya Simon;

Mastering: Gary Sutherland, Tuff Gong.

This is the original recording used within track two:

“Galdino Transparente Dub: Tapedave Remix”.

Dubheavy mastering again by Kevn Metcalfe (Dennis

Brown, Black Uhuru, The Clash) of Soundmasters in the

UK.

7) Galdino 2010 Adrian Sherwood Karoake Remix

featuring Deeder Zaman  (D. WattsRiot, Deeder Zaman,

Zumbi, The Ghost) 3:08

Remix of track four “Galdino Jesus Dos Santos: D.

WattsRiot Mix”.

8) Caballo’s Pow Wow Bounce (V.I.P mix For IR)

(Caballo) 3:17

Our next to last track is an audio ambush, so to speak, though an assault of effervesence. Caballo has remixed his “Pow Wow

Bounce,” into a 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

Watch the video for this track on youtube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWplsE3rT9c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWplsE3rT9c

SPECIAL BONUS TRACK ONLY ON BANDCAMP 9. Sacred Dub For Nelly Stharre: Dr Das African Anarchist Mix (DrDas)

04:14 (To be released on the next official IR album)

[Canada] Traditional Cree chants by Jimmy Dick. [South Pacific] Vocals by The Ghost and

Tohununu recorded in The South Pacific. [Dubnoise Central] Everything else from Dr Das.

Nelly Stharre, a friend and IR conspirator passed away recently under tragic circumstances. As Dr Das was about to mix this track he also learned of the passing of Sam Mbah, one of the authors of the book “African Anarchism: A History Of A Movement” a book that IR feels is very important to read to understand the Africa of the here and now. We give special thanks to Dr Das for this mix and we feel Nelly would have loved this track and the dub philosophy in this track. Nelly loved indigenous reasoning and was someone who appreciated what our friends in Solomon Islands told us “That often what is not said is more important than what is said.”

Nelly Stharre

Nelly Stharre

watch the video for the track

Jul
21

11722527_776500712460744_3810747545116314439_o ir live

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 .

Jun
29
Title: IR37 Silent Warrior: Insurrection Mix
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/#]

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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.
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/silent-warrior-insurrection/id1003984893
Beatport https://pro.beatport.com/release/silent-warrior-insurrection-mix/1551589

Juno Downloads http://tiny.cc/wcprzx

IR Press Contact: The Ghost jahdub.ghost.stories[@]gmail.com or MTDubLab mtdublab[@]gmail.com

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.

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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).”

IR Silent Warrior Collage by Dubdem

IR Silent Warrior Collage by Dubdem

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/]

More links
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]

” Adwa An African Victory ” documentary by acclaimed Ethiopian film maker Haile Gerima

[http://www.amazon.com/Adwa-Haile-Gerima/dp/B0015H4IMS]

“Fatidic: selected Duttyisms” [http://amzn.to/1Lj55vH]
“3 Generations Walking” [http://amzn.to/1BJqNqK]
“Soma Mestizo”[http://amzn.to/1Lz0ByQ]
“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]
May
31

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

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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.

KOROGOCHO shot 2015-05-29 at 10.36.21 AMIn 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.

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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 .

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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.

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Since it was a sunday families were out on the street for a stroll and enjoyed the music as they passed by.

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                                                      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.

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Events and videos like these happen without  budgets and little resources but with alot of cooperation between the participants.

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                                                             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.

738161_534432529915352_274056390_oThe 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.

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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.062010PABrazilSilkscreeningWorkshop

                                                      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”

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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 .

032010PAGaldinobannerRioBrazilJPGAs 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”

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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.

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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.

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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.

 Making IR mural in Korogocho Nairobi Kenya

Making IR mural in Korogocho Nairobi Kenya

(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

VIDEO

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.

IR mural in Candelaria ,Bogota,Colombia.

IR mural in Candelaria ,Bogota,Colombia.

(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.

chite yarumo painting mural in Chia, Colombia .photo by Hans Fhilip.

chite yarumo pintando  mural en Chia, Colombia .Foto : Hans Fhilip.

photo Hans Filip

photo Hans Filip

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.

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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.

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Akzion Por El Rio Frio
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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.

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taller de serigrafía libre realizado por labomb hacer camisetas de Galdino

foto Fabdub. niños en Cohab 5 Malvina Sao Paulo Brasil haciendo sus propios Galdino camisetas

foto Fabdub. niños en Cohab 5 Malvina Sao Paulo Brasil haciendo sus propios Galdino camisetas

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”.

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foto akaider:”como el barniz de la democracia comienza a desaparecer

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

In order to make certain the bass on the final mix would be rich and dub heavy, IR had to enlist the services of Kevin Metcalfe of Soundmasters in the UK 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

here

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

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

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

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

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

preview Caballo’s Mix on Soundcloud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE GHOST

Feb
19

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

New IR BOOK IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub

New IR BOOK IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

free west papua!

free west papua!

Jan
30

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

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

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

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

Dec
24
GAMBELLA POSTER

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

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

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

Vocals by Amard

Bass: Dr Das

All vocals & instruments recorded in Ethiopia by The Ghost

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

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

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

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