• Know Your Rights- The Clash

    A mockery of  society – in typical punk rock style-  ‘Know Your Rights’ by English punk rock band The Clash truly speaks for itself. Released as the first song in the album Combat rock, released in 1982. The song begins and ends in a sarcastic tone,...
  • Boom! – System of a Down

    At a time where war is very much a reality and part of the daily experiences of millions of people in different parts of the world, the song Boom! is a reminder that no justice comes from it. Boom! is a song from the American-Armenian metal/rock...
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    As Long as the Grass Shall Grow – Johnny Cash

    As Long as the Grass Shall Grow is a song by Johnny Cash, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. It is the opening track of  the 1964 Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian album,  a...
  • Give Peace a Chance – Plastic Ono Band

    2016 has been a shocking year so far, from the critical situation that is still raging in Syria, to the increase of racial issues in the United States, from Brexit to the ongoing mass migration of refugees from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and from...
  • Mississippi Goddam- Nina Simone

    “You don’t have to live next to me Just give me my equality” Racial discrimination is a problem of the present. With the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump filling our tv screens and newspapers with racist remarks and comments, and as police violence towards black people...
  • Glad to be Gay – Tom Robinson Band

    Originally written by Tom Robinson for the London Gay Pride parade in 1976, Glad to Be Gay has become a LGBT anthem in the UK. The song was a sharp critique of the British hostile stance towards homosexuality. Note that at the time, in England, same-sex...
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    I’m the Slime – Frank Zappa

    I’m the Slime is a 1973 single by Frank Zappa and The Mothers from the album Over-Nite Sensation. For the recording of this song (and most of the Over-Nite Sensation), Zappa used Ike Turner‘s Bolic Studios in L.A. By virtue of this arrangement, Turner offered up the...
  • There were tears – Imany

    “There were tears”, a song by French singer Imany, is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and it was written shortly after his death. It’s a conversation between him and the today’s generations where he shares his fight from freedom, his experiences and he is telling them...
  • Madman’s Rant – David Rudder

    The Caribbean is well-known for its infectious music. Whether it’s the vibrant clinking of a bottle and spoon, the dramatic beat of the tassa drum, the calming strum of the erhu violin, or the thunderous vibration of the steelpan, music is synonymous of a Caribbean experience....
  • Mona Ki Ngi Xica – Bonga

    ‘Mona Ki Ngi Xica’ is part of Angolan artist Bonga’s album Angola 72, one of the most powerful and influential protest albums ever recorded. The album was smuggled into Angola and Portugal, and was a soundtrack for revolutionaries fighting for independence as the Portuguese dictatorship and colonial...
  • Race – Prince

    Considered one of the best and most versatile artists of all time, Prince definitely left a huge hole in the music industry when he passed away last 21st April due to a fentanyl overdose. His music heritage will remain vivid in his fans and colleagues who...
  • Father and Son – Cat Stevens

    Father and Son is a popular song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam, after his conversion to Islam in 1977) on his 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman. As the title suggests, the song frames an exchange between a father...
  • I Wonder – Sixto Rodriguez

    Thinking about successful attempts by human beings that may influence or change the lives of others for the better, there is no secret recipe. The key is to love what you do and just do it. Because if you love it somebody else may love it...
  • Changes by Tupac

    Changes is a song from Tupac Shakur, who is, arguably, one of the greatest rappers of all times. Changes was originally recorded in 1992, and was later re-mixed in 1998 after Tupac’s death  in 1996, as part of the album Greatest Hits. The song is one...
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    We Will Not Go – J. Ralph feat. Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour & Fally Ipupa (Virunga OST)

    We Will Not Go is a song by American composer, producer, singer, songwriter and social activist Josh Ralph, known professionally as J. Ralph. It was written and composed for the 2014 British documentary film Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. The documentary focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga...
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