Review: Voices of Resistance — The Mixtape Vol 1 By @RCGFRFI

From lively spoken word about women lib­er­a­tion to sooth­ing reg­gae music about racism, Voices of Res­ist­ance mix­tape is a revolu­tion­ary expres­sion at its best. From a snip­pet of a talk with Dead Prez on Palestine to an upbeat protest song again­st the Bed­room Tax – it’s great for you, down­load away!

The mix tape is a cre­at­ive soundtrack that illus­trates the diversity of music and poetry, and rep­res­ents its title vibrantly: ‘Voices of Res­ist­ance’ There is socio-polit­ic­al poetry, ‘The Red Rose Means Death’ by James R Bell, With an empower­ing tone it is def­in­itely a polit­ic­ally charged poem, like the oth­er spoken word included, he ends his poem with the power­ful line ‘Nev­er for­get! Nev­er for­give!’.

Many soci­etal issues are con­fron­ted in this mix­tape such as mis­placed hatred towards immig­rants, the bed­room tax, aus­ter­ity and class struggle. And in some of the raps a whole range of issues is expressed. These are people with a pas­sion and a knack for cre­at­ing music and poetry, sooth­ing and nour­ish­ing, in a time of cap­it­al­ist crisis.
I would recom­mend this mix tape to every­one, espe­cially musi­cians and poets who are exper­i­ment­ing with their sound, form and con­tent. Voices of Res­ist­ance Vol 1 is def­in­itely a mix­tape to all those who want to listen to voices of res­ist­ance of every­day people.

RENU – www.soundcloud.com/renu
Verbal Wis­dam – www.soundcloud.com/verbalwisdam
Rot Jaws – www.rotjaws.com
Ger­trude – www.gertruderock.com
RED blog – www.redrevolutionart.wordpress.com
Dead Prez – www.deadprezblog.wordpress.com
Doc Jazz – www.docjazz.com
Reem Anber – www.soundcloud.com/reem-anber
Dirty North – www.soundcloud.com/dirtynorth
Jim Adama – www.jimadama.bandcamp.com
Class Actions – www.classactionsuk.com
Louie B – www.soundcloud.com/guitarlouie
Ken Bod­den – obit­u­ary at http://tinyurl.com/m9sckhm

Fight Racism! Fight Imper­i­al­ism! — www.frfi.co.uk

Voices of Res­ist­ance open the stage to hear from revolu­tion­ary youth in Bri­tain and around the world. Presen­ted by the Bri­tain-based Act­iv­ist organ­iz­a­tion Fight Racism! Fight Imper­i­al­ism! , a range of cul­tur­al and music­al altern­at­ives are united in this mix tape of ori­gin­al mater­i­al. This comes at an import­ant time as the Brit­ish rul­ing class drive for­ward with Vic­tori­an-style cuts in wel­fare and crim­in­al­iz­a­tion of those most depend­ent on it. The mil­lion­aire politi­cians and their allies use racism as an age old tool to divide and rule the work­ing class. Inter­na­tion­ally, they push for more war and blood­shed to save their sink­ing sys­tem, while defend­ing the apartheid régime of Israel.
And yet, with organ­iz­a­tion, inspire by poem and song, all of the divi­sion, silence and indif­fer­ence to today’s situ­ation can be exposed and over­come.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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