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❝In Silence We Prepare❞

❝  In Silence We Prepare ❞

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

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

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

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

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

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

On October 15 Ugandan vocalist Kabaka Labartin performed the track live at the National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda to a rapturous reception.

The full length albums were based on and inspired by the new IR book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II,” a richly illustrated book with over 150 images that make the connections between Ethiopia, Jamaica, Rastafari and indigenous cultures from North and South America.

You can read the entire book online here and download it for free here

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

You can watch it here


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

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

You can see some photos of those art actions here.

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


“When Thomas Sankara Met Fela Kuti “

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

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

“Language Of The Free”2018_UTERO_ID_SINAIS_ANDIKRA.cdr
After reading the R book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II,” Tracia wrote her vocals for ‘Language Of The Free.” She describes her lyrics “as a conversation with nature and the subsequent journey.” The creation of the musical track itself went through many treks in many lands.
       Tracia….Photo by Ali Blass

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

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

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

The words and reflections of John Trudell that can be found in the book “Ethiopian Dub Journey II.” Trudell, an indigenous activist and poet, was a former chairperson of the American Indian Movement. His power of oratory and clear thinking were so feared by the FBI that  they kept a file on him that reached over 20,000 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the uplifting video Caballo created for the track here

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