CKUT Radio: World Skip the Beat.

November 6th, 2007 | Posted in Culture, Politics, Resistance, Tadamon!

    October 2007. World Music & Politics.


    Download / Listen to the Entire Show as an Mp3 HERE.

Listen to a special Tadamon! edition of World Skip the Beat on CKUT, to hear good music and good politics…

Music from all over the world carries messages of struggle!, and Tadamon wants to celebrate this popular expression of popular cries of pain, of fights and of victories. This show features music from Algeria, Uganda, Mali, Senegal, Congo, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Brasil, Jamaica, Lebanon and Cap Verde.


The first section gives a sample of immigrant songs, having to deal with the dire consequences of exile…

01: Ya Rayah, Rachid Taha (Diwân), Algeria
“You are leaving, where are you going to? You will come back. Many people, before you and I, have regretted this move…”

02: Exil (Dayrib), Idir/Geoffrey Oryema (Identités) Algeria / Uganda.
“I am from here and from there, but I always have a suitcase ready, in my soul…”.

03: Imidiwan Winakalin, Tinariwen (Aman Iman) Mali.
“I’m in a motherless land and my soul burns with unhappiness”.

04: Immigrés/Bitim Rew, Youssou N’Dour (Immigrés) Senegal.


The second section pays tribute to the great heroes and martyrs of popular struggle all over the world.

Mehdi Ben Barka (Morocco, who was assassinated Oct 29, 1965), Patrice Lumumba (Congo-Kinshasa), André Matswa (Congo-Brazzaville), Um Nyobe (Cameroun), Che Guevara (Cuba), Malcolm X (USA), Abdel Kader (Algeria), Diallo Telly (Guinea-Conakry), Norbert Zongo and Thomas Sankara (Burkina-Faso, who was assassinated Oct 15, 1987) and others…

05: Les Immortels, Franklin Boukaka (A Paris) Congo-Brazzaville.

06: Les Martyrs, Tiken Jah Fakoly (Cours d’Histoire) Ivory-Coast.

07: Abdel Kader, Cheb Khaled (Hafla) Algeria.

08: Hasta Siempre, Motivés (Motivés) France.


The third section celebrates resistance as heard in so-called world music. It includes reference to the struggle against Bush, against the dictatorship in Brasil in the 70s, but also in favour of the resistance, fighting back, and especially the struggle of the Palestinians and the fight of Hezbollah in Lebanon, both against Israeli apartheid. These are the struggles that Tadamon supports, here in Montreal.

09: Condoleeza Mona Risa, La Banda de Gaza (Merengue de Bush à Bush) Mexico.

10: Apesar De Você, Chico Buarque (Chico Buarque 1978) Brasil.
“Today you’re the one in charge, your word is final, there’s no discussion (…) In spite of you, tomorrow will be another day (…) You’re going to pay, and twice over, each tear shed in the pain of mine.(…) And I’m going to die laughing ‘cause this day will come sooner than you think.” Upon being interrogated who você was, Chico responded: “It’s a very authoritarian woman.” The censorship had missed what everybody else in Brazil knew without a doubt, that the voice in the song referred to general Emílio Garrastazu Médici, then president of the republic…

11: Small Axe, Bob Marley (Burnin’) Jamaica.
“If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, ready to cut you down”.

12: Equal Rights, Peter Tosh (Equal Rights) Jamaica.
“I don’t want no peace, I need equal rights and justice, in Palestine, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Rhodesia, Jamaica…”.

13: Fite Dem Back, Linton Kwesi Johnson (Forces of Victory) Jamaica.
“Fashist an di attack, Wi fite dem back”!

14: Nekwni s warrac n lzayer, Aït Menguellet (Ettes Ettes) Algeria.
“We, the youth of Algeria, we get hurt, everything around us is falling but we will rebuild, against the odds”.

15: Chte Douye, 100% Collègues (100% Collègues) France.
“Stand up, resist, resisting is the best way to feel alive, and when you are alive, everything is possible”.

16: Ounadikom, Ahmad Kaabour (Ounadikom) Lebanon.
“I call on you, I grasp your hand tight, I embrace the land that you step on and I sacrifice my life for you”.

17: Ana Amchi, Marcel Khalife (Dreamy Sunrise) Lebanon.
“I’m walking, walking tall, with an olive branch in my hand, and my coffin on my shoulder”.

18: Dimokransa, Mayra Andrade (Navega) Cap Verde.
“Lies have become our daily bread, we are hiding behind demagogy, the majority is satisfied, happily paddling in its democracy”

19: Safi, Rachid Taha (Tékitoi) Algeria.
“Everything is blocked, there is no more law, talking is forbidden, only one party: this is not democracy…”


The 4th section does not fail to mention the fight against colonization as canada is also a stolen land…

20: 400 years, Peter Tosh/Bob Marley (Catch a Fire) Jamaica.

21: Columbus, Burning Spear (Hail H.I. M.) Jamaica.


And the show ends with the message: “It takes a revolution to make a solution.”

22: Revolution, Bob Marley (Natty Dread) Jamaica.


* World Skip the Beat. * CKUT Radio Montreal. * Tadamon!.

Previous Show: From Africa to America & Back. Download an Mp3 HERE.

1 Comment »

Very good to have this messages that expressed the feeling of people, it is a kind of
place lo otel the people talk!!

Comment by Lydda Gaviria — November 17th, 2007 @ 7:10 PM

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