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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-06-15, 4:20

This (from 10:06 to 15:23 in the video) is a Malayalam communist campaign song from a 1985 movie with the same title (it's the third song in the list). I feel the musical style changes abruptly four times (it starts with a quick march, then changes to a Muslim folk song, then goes back to the quick march, then changes again to...I'm not sure what to call it, but that fast-paced drumming style that's so common in South Indian music, and then back to a quick march again). I remember listening to this song (and the first one in the list) ever since I was a child and know the lyrics by heart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgt-NFb ... u.be&t=606

This Hindi song was the regimental quick march of the Indian National Army (INA) and is now used in the same capacity in the Indian Army. It is also the only song my grandfather specifically mentions in his memoirs (well, unless something changes in the last 15 pages :P) because one day, he and his colleagues had some INA soldiers as visitors and one of them played a violin as the others sang and danced to this song all evening:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQxWFawxbqc
EDIT: See here for some more information on the second song.

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Re: Political Music

Postby wochenweise » 2016-06-24, 15:16

The anti-Brexit-Song from Last Week Tonight is maybe more historical than political:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQtd9X4UO8k

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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-07-17, 3:00

This is a song in Tok Pisin about corruption performed by a couple of journalism students from Papua New Guinea, with a brief introduction in English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BQX7o_GVck
And this is another song in Juba Arabic called "Election Ja Kalas." Juba Arabic is an Arabic-based creole spoken in Juba, the capital of South Sudan (and not spoken in other major cities in that country):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0nOeVslgZg

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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-01-10, 5:32

Here are the two Malayalam songs I mentioned on the Random Language Thread yesterday along with my attempts at a translation of the lyrics. They're songs that seem to be criticizing religion as a whole and I think were meant to help promote communism (IIRC, by this time, Kerala was ruled by a communist government already). One is "Manushyan Mathangale Srushtichu" from Achanum Bappayum (1972). My mom knows this song I think entirely by heart:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn1toEsNc1A
Lyrics: http://www.malayalasangeetham.info/s.php?2743 (click on "language" and then "English" to see the lyrics transliterated into Roman letters. Note that "India" in the lyrics should be "lokam")

Man created religions.
Religions created gods.
Man, religions, and gods
Divided up the land,
Divided up minds together. [Repeat from beginning]
Man created religions.

He became Hindu;
He became Muslim;
He became Christian.
We became unrecognizable to each other.
The world turned into a mental asylum. (He became Hindu...)
Thousands of human hearts
Turned into arsenals.
God is dying in the street;
The devil is laughing.
Man created religions.

Where is truth?
Where is beauty?
Where is independence?
Where are our blood relatives?
Where are the types of(?) everlasting love?
Where are those prophets(?) that come
Once in a thousand eons?
Man is dying in the street;
Religions are laughing.
[Repeat first verse]

And this is another similarly themed song called "Eeswaran Hinduvalla" from Postmane Kananilla, released the same year. I don't think I'd ever heard this song at all until I discovered it yesterday:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_RRhzLOJFo
Lyrics: http://www.malayalasangeetham.info/s.php?2862

CHORUS:
God isn't Hindu.
He isn't Muslim.
He isn't Christian.
He is neither Indran nor Chandran.

Oracles on white-smeared tombs,
You built temples, built ashrams,
And invented a thousand masks.
God invented a thousand masks.
(Chorus)

You betrayed Krishna.
You betrayed Buddha.
You betrayed Lord Jesus.
You betrayed the Prophet [Muhammad].
You betrayed Marx.
You pretended to be good people,
Pretended to be good people.
New moons following the dusk
Tinged with red ochre,
You hid the Vedanta of India [i.e. ancient Indian school of philosophy],
The Advaita Vedanta,
With the Bhagavad Gita.
You hid it with the Bhagavad Gita for so long.
(Chorus)
God isn't Hindu.
He isn't Muslim.
He isn't Christian.

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Re: Political Music

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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-02-18, 4:17

I just remembered today that this is also a political song and that I might as well post it here to avoid cluttering up the Spanish songs thread as much as possible. :P It's by Argentine folk artist Atahualpa Yupanqui (this was his stage name, made up from the names of two Incan emperors. His birth name was Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburu; his father was mestizo and his mother was Basque). This is one of his most famous songs, from 1971, where he satirizes American neo-imperialism. This is another one of those songs I first heard an excerpt of on Encarta (in this case, the last verse about the Vietnam War):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-kkhnfw0E8


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