33RPM - Voices of the Revolution

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We live in a world of 24 hour rolling news and access to more information than we could ever have imagined possible. We are no longer reliant on the traditional media gatekeepers to keep us informed on world events, and no longer reliant on hearing just one side of a particular story. Across the world, individuals and communities are documenting and sharing what is happening in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, India, Brasil, as well as America and the UK and all points in between.

Although disparate, these connected communities are lending their voices to the telling of their stories in places of conflict, war, oppression, resistance and revolution.

At the forefront of this are the musicians who use music as their weapon of choice to express the hopes, fears and desires of their communities. From the current Arab Uprisings, to the civil war in Syria, to democracy in Africa and land reforms in India, musicians are making music that reflects the reality of what is happening in their country, cities, towns and villages.

33RPM: Voices of the Revolution brings together for the first time 33 artists that span the globe. The music ranges from African Hip Hop to Afghanistan indie rock to New Zealand reggae to Chilean folk sung by artists as diverse as the Northern Irish rapper Jun Tzu, former African child soldier Emmanuel Jal and the Venezuelan revolutionaries Bituaya.

33RPM is a collaborative project between four independent grassroots music organizations; Un-Convention (UK), Nomadic Wax (USA), Fora Do Exio (Brasil) and Tiuna El Fuerte (Venezuela). The four organisations understand music as a cultural, rather than purely economic, activity and seek to create cultural exchanges and dialogues through music for musicians and audiences. Also part of the project is the In Place of War research centre at Manchester University whose work researches and contextualizes creativity in sites of armed conflict.

33RPM: Voices of the Revolution brings together a collection of some of the most important and politicized music being made in the world today. Audiences will hear first hand not only the incredible music, but also the reasons why these musicians are having to make this music and why this vital album has never been more needed than right now.

To all the musicians on this album, to all the peoples of the world who find themselves, often against their wishes, surrounded by conflict and war, and to all the revolutionary fighters: Respect and Solidarity!

¡Viva la Revolución!

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released October 14, 2013

All rights to the songs remain with the respective artists.

The songs on this album have been kindly donated in order to spread the important messages embedded in the music.

Album Artwort: Mark Brown www.markbrownstudio.co.uk

Final Mastering: B.B.Max at Plug-in Productions

Production: Tariq Bajwa

Marketing/PR/social media: Lyle Bignon

'33RPM - Voices of the Revolution' is a collaboration between:

Un-Convention unconventionhub.org

In Place of War www.inplaceofwar.net

Nomadic Wax nomadicwax.org

Tiuna El Fuerte tiunaelfuerte.net

Fora Do Eixo foradoeixo.org.br

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33RPM - Voices of the Revolution UK

An album of powerful revolutionary and political music produced by artists from across the globe, to be digitally released via Bandcamp on Monday 14 October 2013.

A collaborative project between four independent international grassroots music organizations; Un-Convention (UK), Nomadic Wax (USA), Fora Do Eixo (Brasil) and Tiuna El Fuerte (Venezuela).

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Track Name: Omar Offendum - #Syria (Syria / USA)
"alsha3b yureed isqaa6 al-nitham (the people want to overthrow the regime)"


Audio Sample taken from the largest Syrian protest to date (Hama - July 22, 2011)

Verse 1

The purpose of these verses is to unify the masses
7oms up to 7assakeh … Banyas to Damascus
City streets to countrysides
Mountaintops to coastal tides
Muslim / Christian / women / men & children
Lets keep hope alive
Stand in solidarity with all your fellow citizens
Peacefully protesting for an end to all the militance
Torture & imprisonment
Murdering of innocence
Proving that this lying/lion leader's rule is illegitimate
Like father - like son
Mobster or president?
Censoring their people
Trying to stop the embezzlement
Heavy-handed iron fists
Dropped on the residents
Déjà vu...
'82 - '11...

We are all Deir Ezzor … We are all Dar3aa
We are all Jisr il-Shughoor … 7alab & the 2al3a's (castles)
We Are All 7amza ... We Are All 7ama ...
We Are All Syrian … Hands to the samaa2 (sky) saying:

"alsha3b yureed isqaa6 al-nitham"

Verse 2

I have a dream this regime will fall
And that what comes next
Will be better for us all
Alawite - Druze - Armenian - Kurdish
Equality in Parliament
"Il-Kull ilo Kursee" (Everyone gets a seat / is represented)
Envisioning a future that's brighter for the youth
Who've been fighting for the right
To shed light upon the truth
Biting bullets from the troops
Thus far a truce has proven elusive
But martyrs are tightening the noose
On corruption - Bribery - Nepotism
Tribal Disputes
Don't shoot with your mechanism
Soon come the reckoning that looms
Second guessing the protesters
Was a recipe for Assad to address his own doom...

Its been a long time coming
And there's no turning back now
Voices are the weapons
In these military crackdowns
Millions on the streets
In defiance of your gat sounds
Look who's got you shook
Doctor don't know how to act now...

"alsha3b yureed isqaa6 al-nithaam"

Verse 3

The immortalized words of Ibrahim Qashoush - Rest in Power / Peace khayyo
Track Name: Emmanuel Jal - We Want Peace (Sudan)
Oh yeah, oh yeah, I'm looking for some people who's looking for peace
Maybe together we could make the war cease
Now we can send mankind to the moon
And we can reach to the bottom of the sea
That's why it's really kind of baffles me
That we can not end wars and bring peace
And we can not change the way people act
And we can not change the way people think
So if we sit back chill out and relax
Civilization will soon be extinct
That's why I am

[Chorus]
I'm calling on, I'm calling on the whole wide world
On the whole wide world
Come on people, would you help me?
help me scream and shout, scream and shout cause we want peace
And we want peace, to say the least

I dedicate this song to the common people
Caught in the middle of this common evil
I wish the world was a little bit fairer
Time is about looking at the man in the mirror
Fear is the devil's policeman
Fear made germans side with hitler so he can
build the war of genocide and havoc was wreaking
silence of the lamb cause nobody was speaking, that's why I am

[Chorus]
I'm calling on, I'm calling on the whole wide world
On the whole wide world
Come on people, would you help me?
help me scream and shout, scream and shout cause we want peace, cause we want peace

Someone said after Rwanda, never again, and after Rwanda, what's happening?
Not far from Rwanda, just next door
Who's gonna shout for the people living in Darfur?

The worlds gone deaf, the worlds gone blind
The worlds busy sittin' down on their behind
Nobody cares about the poor and the needy
To busy sucking up to the rich and the greedy
For every hero there's a villain, I aint kidding
we gonna shout out standing up or sitting
One more time, we got no more time
We gotta figure out a way to make it all combine
Like Jericho the walls came tumbling down
...Voices out of city surround
You know what is worth I'm gonna put our voices to work
We gonna shut down heaven and earth
That's why I am

[Chorus]
I'm calling on, I'm calling on the whole wide world
On the whole wide world
Come on people, would you help me?
help me scream and shout, scream and shout cause we want peace, and we want piece
And we want peace, to say the least

Come on, everybody come on, stand up, stand up, stand up
You want peace and I want peace, stand up
You want peace and I want peace, stand up
Come on, everybody come on, stand up, stand up, stand up

[Chorus]
I'm calling on, I'm calling on the whole wide world
On the whole wide world
Come on people, would you help me?
Let's scream and shout, let's scream and shout cause we want peace, and we want piece
And we won't be, who said at least

I want peace and you want peace, stand up
You want peace and I want peace, stand up
Come on, stand up, stand up, stand up,
...
Track Name: Outernational - Fighting Song (Future Rock Mix) (USA)
I see kids fighting to find a voice
They've been swimming in a sea
Without a shore or a choice
Sometimes it's like I'm without a home
Last night I walked
A thousand miles alone

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai....

I walked and wandered
Paused and pondered
In these times
I can't live like this any longer
Your well is running dry
As the oceans rise
If I'm right we got one shot tonight

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai....
This is a fighting song

I can't waste many moments
Can't lose any more days
I've read the history
We need more than a page
Each year in this life
Is like a blink of an eye
Tonight I tell you
It is fighting time

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai....
This is a fighting song

All of our people
All across the world
They want something more

Look down at our planet
From the heavens above
See it as it is
See it as it is
No borders or banks
No wars or tanks
No nations, no nations
I've got my dreams when I sleep
And I've got these dreams that really could be

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai....
This is a fighting song
Go!
Track Name: Emel Mathlouthi - Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) (Tunisia)
Translation:

I am those who are free and never fear
I am the secrets that will never die
I am the voice of those who would not give in
I am the meaning amid the chaos

I am the right of the oppressed
That is sold by these dogs (people who are dogs)
Who rob the people of their daily bread
And slam the door in the face of ideas

I am those who are free and never fear
I am the secrets that will never die
I am the voice those who would not give in
I am free and my word is free
I am free and my word is free
Don't forget the price of bread
And don't forget the cause of our misery
And don't forget who betrayed us in our time of need

I am those who are free and never fear
I am the secrets that will never die
I am the voice those who would not give in
I am the secret of the red rose
Whose color the years loved
Whose scent the rivers buried
And who sprouted as fire
Calling those who are free

I am a star shining in the darkness
I am a thorn in the throat of the oppressor
I am a wind touched by fire
I am the soul of those who are not forgotten
I am the voice of those who have not died

Let's make clay out of steel
And build with it a new love
That becomes birds
That becomes a country/home
That becomes wind and rain

I am all the free people of the world put together
I am like a bullet
I am all the free people of the world put together
I am like a bullet
Track Name: Mentenguerra - Pasión y Fuego (feat. Noglobal) (Spain)
[Mentenguerra]
Venimos de donde nacen los sueños.
los rotos, los cumplidos, los grandes, los pequeños.
venimos de allí donde el niño ríe y se hace hombre
de donde a querer y a llorar y a luchar se aprende.

[Estribillo Mentenguerra] (x2)
Vengo de donde vengo, vengo como soy.
mi familia me enseñó la dignidad y a respetar quién soy.
vengo del barrio de la pasión y el fuego.

[Mentenguerra]
Vengo del barrio de la pasión y el fuego, crecí
a base de esfuerzo y ostias, y de echarle huevos.
conozco sus heridas, conozco sus calles,
sus miedos, su gente, sus parques, aceras, colores, olores, sus risas, detalles.

Haha! recuerdo historias que viví
y se me escapa una sonrisa, eso es lo que tenemos.
fuimos porque fueron, porque somos serán, y así.
quisimos comernos el mundo y ¡qué carajo! aún queremos.

[Noglobal]
Vengo del barrio, vengo de la vida,
vengo de las calles donde no hay salida.
vengo de pegarme con la puta vida y sigo en pie,
vengo de caerme y volverme a levantar y sigo bien.
vengo de ganar, vengo de perder
vengo de soñar, vengo de besarte.
vengo de tocar el cielo de ciudad de chocolate, mami.
vengo to directo, sin atajos, soy tsunami, aighttt!!

[Estribillo Mentenguerra] (x2)
Vengo de donde vengo, vengo como soy.
mi familia me enseñó la dignidad y a respetar quién soy.
vengo del barrio de la pasión y el fuego.

[Mentenguerra]
Salud a las barriadas dignas y orgullosas.
olvido, no hay amor para ratas envidiosas.
en el corazón, para siempre, con quien aprendí a amar.
derramo un trago en el suelo por los que ya no están.

¡Ok ¡Ok ¡Que se joda la ley!
yo soy mi jefe, soy mi líder, yo soy mi propio juez.
y pase lo que pase, orgullosos en el juego.
¡eh! venimos del barrio, de la pasión y el fuego.

[Noglobal]
Yo paro el tiempo, como lo canto,
como lo vivo, como lo sueño.
Como lo sudo, como lo sufro, como lo subo,
como lo resto, como lo sumo,
como conecto el centro con la periferia.
Vivo en guerra, no me encierras, no me puedes parar, aha!
Parábola verbal Madrid ciudad,
trazar un plan tomar las riendas.
No tengo dueño, yo soy mi jefe,
yo lo mantengo, lo hago real.
Sin miedos en la capital, libre,
tocando el cielo, libre,

[Estribillo Mentenguerra] (x2)
Vengo de donde vengo, vengo como soy.
mi familia me enseñó la dignidad y a respetar quién soy.
vengo del barrio de la pasión y el fuego.
Track Name: NRG Rising - From Darkness to Light (New Zealand)
Remember what the ole people say

They tried to warn us about the lives we leadn

Filling minds with hate and envy

Losing love and harmony everyday

Oh tell me papa what are we supposed to do

I'm feelin blinded by too many tunes

Got no map to guide show me the way

Tell me Papa what do you have to say?



From darkness to light

From pain to freedom

Oppression to liberation

From darkness to light

From darkness to light



Embrace your culture thought beliefs handed down

Conscious messages stay?n the same

Seize opportunities don?t stray

From the teachings sounding hope, truth remains

Fogs a lifting clouds are clearing Papa pleads

You're the future plan successfully you'll see?

Within you the answers you will find

Trust your instincts they're always on time



From darkness to light

From pain to freedom

Oppression to liberation

From darkness to light

From darkness to light
Track Name: Imphal Talkies - Lullaby (India)
Blood Soaked streets
That's my ground
That's where i play around
Sound of gunshots
That's my song
That's my lulla- lullaby

Your revolution has snatched away
my right to education

Te te tenouwa
Kangleipakki tenouwa
angang na mullaga
tenouwa na haraoiwi
oooooh ooooooohhhh
Uhdei saba nongmeini
mana pangba makhoini

Blood soaked body
that's my daddy
you just shot him
you just killed him.....................
we dont need urs guns and bombs
we just need songs of love

your constitution has nothing for me
all you do is kill my innocence

Te te tenouwa
Kangleipakki tenouwa
angang na mullaga
tenouwa na haraoiwi
oooooh ooooooohhhh
Uhdei saba nongmeini
mana pangba makhoini

Fallen bodies like
fallen leaves of october
but u dont care
you bomb a town
That's my town
That's where i play around

Dont fill our lives with throes of pain
Share a smile so we can bloom again
Track Name: Nile - President (Revolution Songs) (Sudan / UAE)
Mr. president
won't u tell me why
do i have to put
up with all the lies
Promises you made
for a better life
they were all in vain
i see my people die

good days are gone
what are you waiting for
why can't we we stop
this never ending war
tell my brothers rise
cuz we're moving on
we'll together sing
revolution songs


I look around
i see a part of me
went the other way
independently
tell me what's it like
to be an NCP
wanted by the ICC
provoking animosity
there's no CPA
and now the fight is on
what does it really take
for us to get along
tell my brothers rise
cuz we're moving on
we'll together sing
revolution songs


I'll fight i'll fight with all i got
I'll never ever gonna stop
god knows that i've been through a lot
not anymore, not anymore
now that i got a chance to tell the world
ana Sudani
Track Name: Camila Moreno - Yo Enterré Mis Muertos En Tierra (Chile)
Yo no soy nada
Yo no soy nada

Miró lo que se esconde, el cielo en un cajón
lo que dejaron muerto no es solo un sitio
En esta noche blanca tal vez duermas mejor
Es solo un cementerio y que le importe a Dios
Aaaa

Maldigo hoy su nombre por falso y vil señor
que caiga se y se transforme en nuevo corazón
El recuerda que entonces fue niño el ruiseñor
mira como te has vuelto de fondo al impostor y
sálvese quien deba de esta agitación
bajo tus religiones te sabes pecador
y en esta noche blanca la muerte se agitó
Es solo un cementerio y que le importe a dios
Aaaa

Yo enterré mis muertos en tierra
Track Name: Bocafloja - Segundos (Mexico)
Segundos en la línea una catástrofe idiomática
Segundos en su escala de poder policromática
Según Virgilio este poema huele a sol y sabe a mierda
Según el franciscano a su Gumaro solo el yugo lo amedrenta
Según la parte su moral judío cristiana nos matiza
La inferiorización pasa factura y el color no la amortiza
Primeros en el juego que entretiene a los segundos
Mantiene con disc jockey tienda de raya vitalicia sus difuntos*
Segundos siempre en punto
Segundos siempre tarde
Melanina nunca a tiempo nunca en punto
Según que la cruzada no es en contra de mi casa
Pregúntale al islam de quien es Gaza
Va por amor por dignidad
Segundo plano nunca mas
Normalizado viene atrás
Ya libertaria es mi violencia

No me esperes sentado
Este es el cuerpo del repudio
Esta desnudo y alterado
Un elefante en este cuarto
Un animal vulgarizado
El que se comió las sobras
Del contaje de la historia
Anhelos inconclusos sin menciones meritorias
Reparaciones más que un cheque miserable
Es un masaje para el hambre un colectivo imaginable
Segunda mano es la doctrina enciclopédica
De primer mano, es un pasaje para la tortura medica
Ahora comprendes la maniática limpieza del calzado
Fotos de un cautiverio permanente sin querer avergonzado
No es el verano del 1968
Mas ocho y un morocho esta que explota date cuenta
Va por amor por dignidad
Segundo plano nunca mas
Normalizado viene atrás
Ya libertaria es mi violencia
Track Name: Burney MC - Walk to Work (Uganda)
Intro

Keep on going you just gotta fight it,
Bana Mutibwa
keep on going cause it’s not too late,
Luga Flow Army
you can’t back down, you can’t back down. (Toyinza duvamu tukyayinna okutambula)
Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s never too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down.

Verse I

Nandigambye nkyabibuza, ebibuuzo
Naye ate Answer zenina omutwe gukyaziwunza
Bakyabituuza, ebimeeza byabwe otuteseza ebitussa
Bakyatulinza, Nomunaku k’alina nako bakyakafunza
Bakyatuzunza, gwebasenze e’naguru anaddawa nkubuza
Bakyatulwaza, gendako malwaliro otegeere kyenkubuusa
Ate bakyatutiisa tear gas
Government e Kampala efuuse y’abassi
Efuuse y’ababbi, tekyali y’abantu
N’abatuuze abagyilonda kati bagyesamba
Omuntu wabantu, ebeeyi y’ebintu
Akasente k’abantu n’emiwendo gya dollar
Amafuta gettaala mbu sukali bamussa
Tunakola tutya gyetudda yonna byekanamye.

Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s not too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down. Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s never too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down.

Verse II

Amazima gange g’agano kati nteeka
Ki mba kulimba e\kituufu ate nenkikweka
Ki omusuubuzi abikooye okuggala eduuka
Ki abalamuzi nabo batuguza etteeka
N’batukuba empiso batukubya Ssungu
N’abasomesa basomessa zi answer enfu
Ne City Square enaku zino entiisa Lwaki Olara Otunu ye yakubwa amazzi
Ki Arinaitwe akoona eggaali ya Kizza
Ki musanvu muntebe ye yekka y’atuula
Idi Amin ne Obote nabo era b’agenda
Owa police ki ankuba nga munda y’akaaba
Kuba ebitunyiga bibanyiga ki b’egaana
Ne batuuni ajigalula nga y’ekaanya
Ki akayimba bwekati ko teli azannya
Ye lwaki bwenkayimba bwebati mwe mwewunya

Chorus

Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s not too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down. Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s never too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down

Verse III

”Ekyitutambuza bisale bya transport
Silwakuba nze lodi lodi ey’esala essuuti
Enaku zinno amabanja g’akuba koodi
Budget b’asoma naye ate yandeka era ntyo ”
”Ffe ekitutambuza ghetto military base
bu red top b’ayiye ki bunjokya faalu
naye enaku zinno olubeyu gundi lwa mbwa nnyo
kyoka takke nzikuba ate ne mulo ye wabbula”
”Ffe ekitutambuza kabeeyi konna ka bintu
nga mamma owewaka alina otooba okuza omwana
kuba enaku zino emiwendo gyonna gy’ezobye
budget basoma naye ate yandeka era ntyo”
’Ffe ekitutambuza batwongere amamotoka amapya
ffe tubaletera ebiteeso byonna ebyabantu
kuba enaku zinno prado gyenvuga endwiisa
afazaali bandiyanguyiza otuusa zi hummer”

Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s not too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down. Keep on going you just gotta fight it, keep on going cause it’s never too late, you can’t back down, you can’t back down x 2

Outro

(Enkyukakyuka bwejja, tutambula tukumba
Tugeda maso gy’eli tujisange ng’abatuuze
Nonya kwagala edembe Liliwa
Akamwenyo n’essanyu obulyake bwebukyanzita
WALK TO WORK) x2
Track Name: The Casualty Process - War of the Others (Iran)
The Casualty Process is an electronic rock music project, originally formed in 2010 in Tehran, Iran. An air filled with aggressive noises, meaty bass and guitar lines and industrial beats with electro and rock influences. The anti-war attitude of the band currently residing in New York is also mirrored in the lyrics for their song War of the Others: "if you see me in here, this is not me not my war and not my bullets in the gun, not my finger on the trigger, this is not mine."