• Be aware brother, be aware sister – Rokia Traoré

    According to William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants that arrived in Europe in 2016 is equal to 363,348, of which 181,436 arrived in Italy and 173,561 in Greece. 5,079 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean sea, 1,300 more than in 2015....
  • Men carry the coffin of Jim Crow through the streets to protest racial discrimination in 1944. Credits: Corbis

    Jim Crow and the blues

    “Come listen all you galls and boys, I’m going to sing a little song, My name is Jim Crow. Weel about and turn about and do jis so, Eb’ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow.” “Jim Crow”, or “Jump Jim Crow“, is a fictional blackface character brought...
  • Marilyn Manson Source: Pinterest - "The Beautiful People"

    The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson

    “The Beautiful People” is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released as the lead single from the band’s second studio album, Antichrist Superstar, in September 1996. The song was written by frontman Marilyn Manson and bass player Twiggy Ramirez and was produced by Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie...
  • Politik Kills – Manu Chao

    José Manuel Arturo Tomás Chao Ortega, known as singer and songwriter Manu Chao, was born in France in 1961 from Spanish parents who were forced to leave their origin country to escape the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Chao grew up in the suburbs of Paris, in a house often visited...
  • First We Take Manhattan – Leonard Cohen

    This has been an incredibly tough week. Donald Trump’s winning of the US elections against Hilary Clinton has been a shock for the whole world, and now we all stand powerless, unable to take this back. As the world tries to figure out a way to avoid collateral damage,...
  • Animals album cover

    Sheep | Animals – Pink Floyd

    Today is the third and last episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to Animals. Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable Animal Farm, the album’s lyrics describe various classes in society as different kinds of animals: the combative dogs, despotic ruthless pigs, and the “mindless and unquestioning herd” of...
  • Animals album cover

    Pigs (Three Different Ones) | Animals – Pink Floyd

    Today is the second episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to Animals. Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable Animal Farm, the album’s lyrics describe various classes in society as different kinds of animals: the combative dogs, despotic ruthless pigs, and the “mindless and unquestioning herd” of sheep....
  • Animals album cover

    Dogs | Animals – Pink Floyd

    Animals is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 23 January 1977. It is a concept album that provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late-70s Britain, and presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work. Loosely based on George...
  • One Day – Matisyahu

    The song “One Day” was first released as a single in 2008 by American-Jewish artist Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller), known for his reggae and alternative rock music and his acting career. The song was included in Matisyahu’s third album Light released in 2009 and it reached #85 in the Billboard...
  • 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, with the lead...
  • 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 band System of...
  • Johnny Cash - Credits: rollingstones.com

    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 concept album focusing...
  • 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 Central America to...
  • 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 keeps on claiming...
  • 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 relations had been...
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Throughout history, music has been a tool for rebellion, revolution and political change. In our music column, we want to remember the way in which music has been influential in political and social movements. We want our readers to find out more about the history of songs and their impact on society.

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