How the anti-CAA movement has also catalyzed the music scene

Social upheavals have always led to the birth of songs of discontent and music bands have been using them to protest against those in power. Now, when protests against the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) have spread to the streets, songs, music and poems, unequivocally created as shouts of protest to obtain support for the dissent, they return to action again.

In also, which has an imperishable history of revolutions mounted on dramatic songs since the early 1960s, artists and rock bands are taking over from Pete Seeger and John Lennon to create new protest hymns full of fiery lyrics and revolutionary ideas.

Hara Hara by Street Academics

The Street Academics, a hip-hop band based in Kochi, released their new song Hara Hara (to destroy) on December 23. It begins with a written message: CAA explicitly violates article 14 of the Constitution and we unconditionally support the Democrats. protests of the citizens of India (especially students). The band said they named the song Hara calling for the destruction of the fascist trend in the country. The images of the song, conceived and performed by Haris Saleem, show the artist sitting under a rope hung with his hands tied and his face covered with a black cloth while Hara Hara sings continuously.

According to Saleem, instead of being artistic, time demands that the group let out the bitter truth about repression of dissent. In the video, the artist remains under the guard of a policeman and another, who wears the RSS uniform. The song begins with the lines' Eyeballs ripped off, I can't see ... Nails in the eardrums, I can't hear ... The legs are amputated, they can't run ... Tied tongue and murdered words, they can't sing .. I can't stand the silence anymore ... After which he breaks the chains and rips off the mask to fight the guards and continue his protests through the hip-hop song. The song that has lines like 'Boycott CAB, Boycott NRC', 'Greetings to the tigers of Jamia', 'Guards turned into cannibals' and 'Broken saffron chains' intermingle with images of the protest made by students in various parts from the country. .

At the climax, the song urges people to join the protest and for this, they use the words of Martin Luther King Jr on the screen: `` The final tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty of bad people, but the Silence about that of the good. persons.'

'Fight. React. Be part of The Down Troddence

'Fight. React. Be a part ’is a single released by The Down Troddence (DTT), the Kannur band as against the NRC and the CAA. The song, which was released on YouTube, received a critical appraisal of several spheres for its metal music, along with lyrics rich in content that invites reflection. The song was intended to galvanize the ongoing revolution by bringing people together and inspiring them to act or reflect.

DTT, which normally takes three years to release an album, took just four days to complete the lyrics, record and edit the song. We thought we lost the ability to express our dissent here in Bengaluru, where our protest manifestations were suppressed ... We are artists with our own perspectives on political and social issues, but in this case our views, anger and aggression were at stake. . said Munz, the vocalist and one of the lyricists of the song.

The powerful lyrics of the song, 'Yet another clown remains in power ... Lotus with a chip ... Know who I am for what I carry ... Don't be won and don't be a prey ...' Sings in full throat growls. “In the song, instead of singing, I am growling. It is necessary to say certain things with voices that growl, as it helps to transmit anger and aggression, Munz said.

Like Hara Hara, the song's artwork presents images of anti-CAA protests in Delhi and elsewhere. Many of the DTT followers, who are in favor of Sangh Parivar, stopped following the band on Facebook and began sending hate messages. They had even committed themselves to letters and works of art, since their defender said that legal action could be taken against them for hurting religious feelings.

We do not fear, since we cannot remain silent when they mix religion with politics. We hope that more bands come out with their work on the subject because if we remain silent it will be against our conscience. Music is a massive medium and the impact it could have on people is tremendous. Like the lines of our song, ‘Tick tock, look at the Fight clock, react, time is running out, join,” Munz added.

Concentration camp music festival

On January 12, Manaveeyam Veedhi, the section of the city of Thiruvananthapuram known for its innumerable nuances of art, will organize a music festival called Concentration Camp that will feature five bands known for their work on political and social issues. The festival, organized by and Lotofarts, was initially programmed as a New Year's Eve musical with the name of Tri-volume. But when the violent events took place after the promulgation of the CAB, the organizers postponed the entire program and restructured its objective, from entertainment to protest.

“All the great festivals that once took place for a global social cause have had a history that has provided the motivation and tranquility for a great mass gathering. From what can be described as a surprising turn of events, from the echoes of those dying laughs, we think that the right name for our festival will be 'Concentration Camp', as it says everything that is happening in the country in this At the moment, said Devan Narayanan, vocalist for Collective Conscious and one of the organizers of the festival.

With the Avial band leading the event, the show will host four other fiery bands: Chaos (legendary act of thrash metal) Eettillam (malayalam rock), Olam (post rock instrumental) and Collective Conscious (experimental).