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Re: Political Music

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2014-04-17, 22:35

It's not exactly what you meant, but this is what comes to my mind when I think political music.

When the multiparty system was introduced, some parties started making songs a part of their campaign, which was hilarious.
The Yugoslav Left (JUL), the party lead by Mira Marković, the wife of Slobodan Milošević became popular with hits such as JUL is cool and JUL is the right choice.

The Serbian Radical Party (SRS), lead by a war crime indictee Vojislav Šešelj had a rap hit If it's up to me, I choose change and a more traditional one This is Voja Šešelj

I thought it was just Serbs being silly as usual, but apparently Silvio Berlusconi did something similar.

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Re: Political Music

Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-04-18, 7:31

It's not that uncommon here for politicians to use music for their campaigns. Hilariously, Ronald Reagan used Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" for his 1984 president run. (The Boss is well-known to be a flaming liberal and did not approve of the Gipper appropriating his anti-war protest song about Vietnam for the purposes of his militarist Cold War policy.)

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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-04-27, 7:18

I think the only Indian political music I know of is mostly either generically patriotic or communist. I've posted a few Indian songs relating to communism already, although they're scattered. As I understand it, this old Bollywood movie song essentially promotes the view (popular in India at the time) that India is self-sufficient and can rely exclusively on human labor. This post has a Malayalam communist song (no YouTube link, sorry) and a Hindi/Urdu version of the same song. And this Malayalam song is a political debate between a communist and a capitalist.

However, this one is from the Bengali movie Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980), which is actually a political satire of Indira Gandhi, the prime minister at the time, very cleverly disguised as a kids' movie. This song is thus essentially criticizing her (sorry for the video quality and the fact that the subtitles aren't too legible):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B57yj_mhZQ

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Re: Political Music

Postby Saim » 2014-04-27, 11:12

 (en-AU)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnGqdFO9EY
The Herd - 77%; critiques Australian xenophobia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n65x_cSHSHE
The Herd - 2020; same group, critiques US and Australian imperialism

 (gl)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4NwRaSgsFc
Dios ke te crew - Son heroes; an ironic Galician song about how the corruption in the ruling party is actually part of a conspiracy to bring down the regime, the chorus: "they're heroes, they're heroes..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoY8D54q4I4
Dios ke te crew - Que treballe o rei; Galician anti-monarchist song, "let the king work!"

 (es)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEADVopTK-M
Violadores del Verso - Trae ese ron; anti-monarchist, anti-war, anti-nationalist song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP4N6tGat20
Kase O y Kamel - Mienten; song against the war in Iraq, also a part in French

 (ca)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IqdmG_v5D0
Obrint Pas - Del Sud; Valencian song about division between Catalonia and Valencia

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From the south, where the land is dying, where the heat doesn't let me see the son
I'm from the south, and my path has become some complicated that I no longer see the north
From the south, the land of tricks, the land of biterness that always dries up tears
From the south, a country that's not there anymore, that hides from the weather within the hearts of the people
I'm from the south of my heart, the south of my world, the south of memory, of some countries (read: Catalan Countries) without name
I'm from the south of feelings, the south of my roots, I'm from the south and I have tears in my eyes that represent struggle and the future
I'm from the south, the southern front, the refugee speech, the exiled dream


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOUiS4MaMLw
Hime Irregional - Les Mãedéus; A song that makes fun of the official anthem of Valencia because of its Spanish nationalism ("sacrificing new glories to Spain", "our beautiful region")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8BsXpQc_ls
Aspencat - L'herència; Valencian song about their surival as a people

English translation:

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Hey! Facing the wind
They should realise we're already the present
Hey! Let´s make it obvious
A time, a country, that we're working on
The ferocious beast runs free from the people
While the songs are played every night
And in every concert, Theresa gets homage
and we recuperate our spirit

What´s with you Valencians? Where is the identity?
You think that I can forget that way to sing?
I'll sing our history softly into your ear, and we'll dream till tomorrow
Because I want to, because I feel like dreaming!

Hey, wire, prohibition
It's what happens when the damage comes from Almansa (Almansa was a battle against Castile, now a Valencian idiom about ill wind)
They wont take our excitement
You planted a seed of hope
On the stage, borumballes falleres (to do with the Falles festival of Valencia city)
The country of albades (traditional Valencian singing style) by habit
Let the wheel turn, on the streets and the plazas
And we'll yell till the light comes

The priest no longer sings because they don't give him anymore
It should be said that he was detained for singing in Valencian
We love because we love our language
And we'll keep going forward!
Because I want to, because I feel like loving

We're the flower that's born from the seed that you planted
We're the light that guides in the darkness
We're your voices, and they wont shut us up
Because we'll never lose our dignity
Let's continue the path of our essence and find
and find a response for tomorrow
They can't win, if we hold hands
If we take up the heritage you left us

I wash my sorrows in my basin
It's not that I'm not watching, it's that I can't see you
It's how it goes, the confusion comes in
Silence and censorship on the TV
Today we'll sing the life of a people
The life of a people that doesn't want to die
I want to thank you because I want to
Because you make me feel alive
Thanks to you, because you sang to me in secret
Thanks to you, because you gave me warmth
Thanks to you, because you sang to me in secret
Thanks to you, today I'm the last one laughing

We're the flower that's born from the seed that you planted
We're the light that guides in the darkness
We're your voices, and they wont shut us up
Because we'll never lose our dignity
Let's continue the path of our essence and find
and find a response for tomorrow
They can't win, if we hold hands
If we take up the heritage you left us

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Re: Political Music

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2014-04-27, 11:57

 (bs)Dubioza Kolektiv.
They play some kind of reggae ska rock and their lyrics are critical of nationalism and politics in all of our former Yugoslav republics.Here is their album called Apsurdistan (Absurdistan).

 (sr) Beogradski Sindikat.
Hip-hop. They are critical mostly of politicians, who they often compare with mafia and cartels bosses. For example in the song Belgrade Vice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkzZOleFjag

 (sl) Zaklonišče Prepeva.
They are communists, titoists and Yugoslavs. They sing in Serbo-Croatian even though they are from Slovenia. But they still offer some nice criticisms of, for example, the way their country treats asylum-seekers in the song Hasan from asylum. It has a nice video as well, portraying asylums like human-zoos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFgU2VZ0Q0

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Re: Political Music

Postby Saim » 2014-04-27, 13:07

Ludwig Whitby wrote: (bs)Dubioza Kolektiv.
They play some kind of reggae ska rock and their lyrics are critical of nationalism and politics in all of our former Yugoslav republics.Here is their album called Apsurdistan (Absurdistan).


Do jaja! To je moj omiljeni bend iz bivše Jugoslavije. :D

Evo i još jedne pesme, ali ne iz istog albuma:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOeg205at7I
 (sr) Beogradski Sindikat.
Hip-hop. They are critical mostly of politicians, who they often compare with mafia and cartels bosses. For example in the song Belgrade Vice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkzZOleFjag


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTgUCBhR8
Pa i oni su dobri.

Što se repa na našem tiče:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxxhGtgIeP8Frenkie - Gori

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I write because I'm unsatisfied with myself
I write so that I can survive this today
Society is a bomb that eats up its spawn
That's why I flee from the herd, and that's why boycott
We're straw that is being burned by a spark of madness
Masses that don't doubt
Souless masses
I know that it's useless fighting against them
But at least I'll be able to look myself in the eyes
I'll fall honorably like the field horse (poljska konjica is a 2002 book about war)
I won't disappear silently, but at least I'll give them some bruises
I know they have thick bark
But my word will leave a trace and beat itself to them
I'll win their hatred in the eyes
And destory their house on others' bones
Throw the burden that burdens me
Today a new chapter begins

Wall Street burns and the MMF burns,
Every bank and safe burns,
Brussels burns and Washington burns,
Babylon burns, burns, burns

Wall Street burns and the MMF burns,
Every bank and safe burns,
Brussels burns and Washington burns,
Babylon burns, burns, burns

Lost people, the hate and powder smells
We've been in a critical state for a while
We need to go ahead bravely and with strength
With our heads held high, straight across the dam
Or on the other hand, shut up, chill out
Assimilate, profiteer
Rest, enjoy
Maybe even the machine will collaborate
And they tell us we're buying economical light bulbs
And I'd like to fly over to the sea
But when the heart say sea the wallet says no sea

The bourgeoisie, their nation: capital
A long occupation
The rules aren't the same for everyone, turn on your mind
I ask myself where's Somalia's bailout

Wall Street burns and the MMF burns,
Every bank and safe burns,
Brussels burns and Washington burns,
Babylon burns, burns, burns

Wall Street burns and the MMF burns,
Every bank and safe burns,
Brussels burns and Washington burns,
Babylon burns, burns, burns

I'm an optimist all the way to the end
Even if the light at the end of the tunnel might be a train
Instead of walls I'll make a bridge
If you think the same way, be my guest
No-one will come, nothing will fall from the sky
We're the ones we've been waiting for
No-one will come, nothing will fall from the sky
We're the ones we've been waiting for
Dayton's burning, Laktaši's burning
Theirs are burning, and ours are burning
Tuzla's burning, the fire is awesome
Even the Pannonian lakes are burning
The gardens are burning, the cafés are burning
The theatres and actors are burning
B burns, H burns (BiH = Bosnia and Herzegovina)
You're burning, and I'm burning

Wall Street burns and the MMF burns,
Every bank and safe burns,
Brussels burns and Washington burns,
Babylon burns, burns, burns

Wall Street burns and the MMF burns,
Every bank and safe burns,
Brussels burns and Washington burns,
Babylon burns, burns, burns

Pepsi and coca-cola burn
The parlament burns from its foundations to its roof
Alcohol, grass and chemistry burn
Every vila and residence burns

Koolade burns
Frenkie burns


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAeaBUNH4mI
Edo Maajka - Pokradi Lovu ("steal money", about corruption)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ9jzGbgkZcEdo Maajka - Jebo vladu ("fuck the government")

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Re: Political Music

Postby Lur » 2014-04-27, 15:20

 (eu), some  (fr).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeDyzKabBeE

"Titulamos en francés para que lo entiendan, y habla de las relaciones con Francia, que han sido tan traumáticas como las relaciones con España. El centralismo español es un centralismo borbónico copiado al francés. Allí se cargaron nuestras libertades en un día."
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Re: Political Music

Postby Saim » 2014-04-27, 17:32

In the same vein;

Language:  (fr) with some  (oc)
Country:  (oc) (Languedoc)

Mauresca - Sud de France
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uREViEgY_nI

Chorus:
Chez nous, c'est pas Sud de France
Chez nous, c’est Nord de Méditerranée

Our home is not the South of France,
Our home is the north of the Mediterranean


Mauresca - Stéréotype
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2IHL0pNuJs
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Re: Political Music

Postby Sol Invictus » 2014-04-28, 4:47

In Latvia many songs from before 1990s that are still popular are interpreted as covert critique of Soviet regime. Anyway, I was listening to songs of a singer who died yesterday and happened upon one that is not really that subtle (although it's supposedly about Northern crusades in 13th century) The song is from 1988, but the lyrics/poem was published in 1969 and got the poet banned for five years. It comes with English translation on youtube, also the clip gets graphic from 1:15 to about 2:10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=464IX3l ... 5F901E8A56
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Re: Political Music

Postby Meera » 2014-04-29, 2:34

The Taliban in Afghanistan actually have a lot political songs, I'm not gonna post them here though because I don't support them at all and they are hard to find. There are a lot of Pashtun songs and dances that are done before going to battle but they are mostly more patriotic than poltical.
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Re: Political Music

Postby md0 » 2014-04-30, 22:52

On the occasion of the International Workers' Day today, a classic anarchosyndicalist anthem from Catalonia, sung in Turkish by Bandista.

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

Ok, here's an early version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op3w3wMqdwg
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Re: Political Music

Postby TeneReef » 2014-05-01, 18:57

The unofficial national anthem of SFRY:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxkc5QD20fw
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Re: Political Music

Postby Saim » 2014-05-01, 19:53

Prvi Maj - Dubioza Kolektiv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO79DhItC_c

Bosnian song about the 1st of May.

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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-05-09, 2:47

An Indian satire of the US around the time of the Iraq War, mostly in English (except for "American War Paar Da," which, very roughly translated, means something like 'hey, look at the American war!' in Tamil) but with the tune of an old Tamil movie song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcMJZP_BLvY

The late famous Pakistani Marxist poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz wrote a few political poems in Urdu that were set to music. This ghazal is mourning the loss of Bangladesh (but I think mostly acknowledging that it was not treated well by the Pakistani government):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvBtfIP0pyM

I've seen this nazm described as "the ultimate 'fuck you'" to the Pakistani government (but I think more specifically the administration of Zia ul-Haq):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLJAXEoUVe4

And this one (which has its own WIkipedia article) promotes revolution against that same administration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRsfIval4A4

This is apparently a revolutionary Telugu song from Telengana (presumably decrying the fact that it has historically been one of the most impoverished parts of Andhra Pradesh), which it seems will become a separate state in less than a month:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRhv1DElVuI
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Re: Political Music

Postby Vertigo » 2014-05-12, 4:00

 (es) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogOdd-oORg0 - punk version of 'El Ejercito del Ebro', a famous republican song from the Spanish civil war.

 (it) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtsMuFdO4yg - 'O Gorizia' - an Italian anti-government song from WWI.

 (en) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srkm5oWFwiQ - Crass - Anarcho-punk from the UK at the time of the miners' strikes.

 (us) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bURgTLH ... 0ahZ8wKmT- - Immortal Technique - Peruvian-American, anti-capitalist rapper.

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Re: Political Music

Postby md0 » 2014-05-12, 4:16

I came across this Turkish Cypriot song against the Turkish Army (and from the mentions of gambling etc, it's also against the way Turkey "invests" in northern Cyprus), set on the music of "Those Were The Days"

It's called "Evine Dön Ayşe" Ayshe go home!, and it's a play on the codename for the 1974 Turkish Army's operation in Cyprus, "Ayşe Tatile Çıksın" Ayshe should go on vacation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N6bO863hrQ
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Re: Political Music

Postby md0 » 2014-05-29, 7:48

Heard than on the radio just now, it's a song referring to the WW2 Nazi occupation of Greece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQMsT4lNG2g

I found the French translation on stixoi.info good enough, but I will also quote the English one, which I don't like very much

Dans mon vieux quartier j'avais un ami
Qui savait jouer de l'accordéon
Quand il chantait c'était le soleil en personne
L'accordéon allumait des feux dans ses mains

Mais un soir sombre comme n'importe quel autre
Il faisait "le 22" en jouant de l'accordéon
Des camions allemands ont surgi dans le parc
Et une rafale a stoppé l'accordéon

La consigne entamée me hante toujours
Chaque fois que j'entends un accordéon
Et il a marqué ma vie comme une empreinte
«Le fascisme ne passera pas»


In my old neighbourhood I had a friend
who knew and played the accordion
when he sang, he was like the sun
fires in his hands were ignited by the accordion

But at one dark night, like every other night
he kept look-outs, playing the accordion
German vans stood next to the pen
and a gunfire stopped the accordion

The already started watchword always comes back to me
whenever I hear again an accordion
and it has, like a stamp, marked my life
'fascism will not prevail!'
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Re: Political Music

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-06-02, 0:23

Meera wrote:The Taliban in Afghanistan actually have a lot political songs, I'm not gonna post them here though because I don't support them at all and they are hard to find. There are a lot of Pashtun songs and dances that are done before going to battle but they are mostly more patriotic than poltical.

This one is in Dari, not Pashto, but I'm pretty sure it's a political song. Specifically, I get the impression it's basically satirizing/criticizing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Unfortunately, I also get the impression that the maker of this video doesn't like Pashtuns in general. :oops:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvUInZm4NfY

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Re: Political Music

Postby Meera » 2014-06-09, 18:42

vijayjohn wrote:
Meera wrote:The Taliban in Afghanistan actually have a lot political songs, I'm not gonna post them here though because I don't support them at all and they are hard to find. There are a lot of Pashtun songs and dances that are done before going to battle but they are mostly more patriotic than poltical.

This one is in Dari, not Pashto, but I'm pretty sure it's a political song. Specifically, I get the impression it's basically satirizing/criticizing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Unfortunately, I also get the impression that the maker of this video doesn't like Pashtuns in general. :oops:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvUInZm4NfY


Yeah there are a lot of songs like this unfortunately. It's really sad Pashtuns hate Tajiks and Hazaaras. Tajiks hate Pashtuns and Hazaara's. And Hazaara's hate Tajiks and Pashtuns. And they all fight about it on youtube videos :P
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Re: Political Music

Postby md0 » 2014-06-09, 18:52

I noticed someone recently recorded a Greek version of the American political song "Which Side Are You On?". It feels a bit awkward to be honest. The lyrics are half-translation, half-original (the American song refers to a miners' strike in the US, those references were removed in the Greek version).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RChgpftfa2c

Εργάτες μαζευτείτε έχω να σας πω
Workers gather 'round I have news for you
Το σωματείο ήρθε και θα μείνει εδώ
The union came here to stay
Διάλεξε πλευρά, διάλεξε πλευρά
Pick a side, pick a side

Ο πατέρας μου εργάτης, και εγώ εργάτη γιος
My father was a worker, I am a worker's son
Μια ζωή στην μάχη και προχωράμε μπρος
An entire life at the struggle to move forwards

Διάλεξε πλευρά, διάλεξε πλευρά
Pick a side, pick a side

Λένε πως ο κόσμος δεν θέλει αλλαγές
The say the world doesn't want change,
Αναρχικούς εργάτες και κομμουνιστές
anarchist workers, nor communists
Διάλεξε πλευρά, διάλεξε πλευρά
Pick a side, pick a side

Πείτε μου αδέρφια πως ανέχεστε
Tell me brothers, how can you stand
Τσιράκια και φασίστες και εκμεταλλευτές
the boss's minions, fascists and exploiters

Διάλεξε πλευρά, διάλεξε πλευρά
Pick a side, pick a side

Φτωχοί και κολασμένοι έχουμε οργή
The poor and damned we have rage

Αν δεν οργανωθούμε δεν αλλάζει η ζωή
if we don't organise life will not change

Διάλεξε πλευρά, διάλεξε πλευρά
Pick a side, pick a side
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