July 15, 2013 - Legendary musician Lester Chambers was attacked after dedicating a song to Trayvon Martin yesterday in Hayward, California. Lester was trying to play and dedicate Curtis Mayfield's song, "People Get Ready" to Trayvon when a woman pushed him down and started yelling at him. The 73-year-old activist singer suffered bruised rib muscles and nerve damage. The woman was cited for battery. Read more on the KTVU website here. (photo credit: Lester Chambers/Facebook)
July 6, 2012 - Larry Iser, a music attorney who has been involved in many copyright cases, has an Op-Ed in Politico this morning about political campaigns getting into hot water for using a musician's music who does not agree with the candidate's policies. Seems Mitt Romney was using K'naan's song "Wavin' Flag" and was told to please cease and desist last February during the Republican primaries, along with Newt and others for other songs. Mr. Iser stresses to the candidate's and their campaigns to ASK FIRST, and respect the copyrights of the artists. Check out the Politico article here. (Photo credit: David Shankbone)
MAR 29, 2012 - Chaka Khan and others have released a tribute music video titled "Super Life" in honor of Trayvon Martin, and in response to the possibility that Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie may have played a role in him being profiled by his killer. The video is also sort of a PSA campaign, with people wearing hoodies saying "I am Trayvon, I am [their name], Fear Kills, Love Heals". Chaka gets some help from friends including Angela Bassett, Eva Pigford, Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Kenny Latimore, Loretta Devine and Kimberly Elise. Chaka wears a hoodie in the video and sings:
"Another mama is cryin'
"Cause another young man has gone and died
He's not some statistic
He's an awesome destiny denied"
FEB 15, 2012 - The Zak Smith Band has sent us one of their new music videos containing footage of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park of his new song, "Brand New Party", which pays homage and supports the Occupy movement. Zak hails from New Jersey and in an email to us he says he is a "musician who has a passion for writing about political views and his love of people." Watch the video below, and check out Zak's website here.
Hacktivists Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN have released a song and video they hope will impact the music charts and bring attention to Occupy Wall Street and the overall "Anonymous movement". This digital activist project, a collaboration between TeaMp0isoN and lyricist Jinn, will donate the proceeds to the East Africa Crisis Appeal. A video was released on YouTube (watch below) and the song on iTunes.
"Remember to like & favourite the video, so it can be featured in the music section on youtube," TeaMp0isoN encouraged its Twitter followers. "Once this hits the charts, radio stations will by law have to play it," the project's manifesto stated. "If they censor the song we will attack the music industry and censor them instead."
Their Manifesto also reads:
"Long have activists and revolutionaries turned to a song to get their message out. Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN have collaborated together to continue this tradition. We are going to take youtube and iTunes by storm and flood the song into the world around us, with proceeds going to charities that are actively striving to change it. Once this hits the charts, radio stations will by law, have to play it. Will they thwart the law to continue making sheep out of the people?
If they censor the song we will attack the music industry and censor them instead."
LYRICIST JINN - #OpCensorThis (OFFICIAL NET VIDEO)