if a song could be freedom mixtape 016- Sounds of Protest
December 16, 2015 by
Amit Gilutz is a composer and activist originally from Israel/Palestine, now based in the USA. His work is interdisciplinary and conceptual, particularly focused on the question of music’s ability to participate in the practice of social justice.
This mixtape was originally prepared for “Sounds of Protest”, a course I designed and taught at Cornell University in Spring of 2015. It emphasizes music that was created or widely circulated in the wake of the Ferguson uprising and the formation of the Black Lives Matter Movement, while also drawing connections to the history of these struggles via classic predecessors such as Nina Simone, The Last Poets, Bob Marley and others. Other songs foreground feminist and queer perspectives (sometimes intersecting also with race, as in Google Google Apps Apps), as well as a critique of American imperialism, global Capitalism and Neoliberalism. The penultimate track is an excerpt from a conversation the class had the pleasure of holding with anarchist organizer and media producer, Franklin Lopez of submedia.tv
Bob Marley: Redemption Song
Tom Morello: Marching on Ferguson
N.A.S.A. feat. Sean Paul and Lizzo: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!
Rob Hustle ft. Bump: Call the Cops
Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come
Lauryn Hill: Black Rage
Le Tigre: Deceptacon
Janis Joplin: Mercedes Benz
Adam Freeland: We Want Your Soul
Cloud Cult: State of the Union
Juice Rap News: RAP NEWS 31: EruoDiVision Contest
Persia feat. Daddies Plastik: Google Google Apps Apps
The Last Poets: Panther
Nina Simone: Ain’t Got No, I Got Life
The Peace Band: We Shall Overcome
Bob Marley: Wake up and Live!
Franklin Lopez: excerpt from conversation with class
Fela Kuti: Beasts of No Nation (excerpt)