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