• Korea Blues- J.B. Lenoir

    J.B Lenoir was one of the protagonists of the Chicago blues scene of the 50s and 60s. His zebra patterned suit, and high-pitched voice could be recognised for miles. Born in Tilton, Mississippi, Lenoir started playing when he was “awful young” as he said in an interview with filmmaker Steve...
  • Reagan – Killer Mike

    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. – 13th Amendment to the U.S....
  • Patti Smith

    People have the power – Patti Smith

    People have the power, is probably one of the most famous and powerful protest songs of all time. It was written by Patti Smith and her late husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and released as a lead single from the 1988’s album Dream of Life. Notably, we could say that...
  • Linaje Originarios- Condor Pasa

    Emberà is a language that is spoken by approximately 80,000 people. It is an indigenous language of Colombia and Panama and like many indigenous languages, it is in danger. Preserving culture and language is a fundamental part of maintaining a diverse cultural heritage. Progression and technology come with the...
  • The sound of resistance under Trump

    Since the announcement of Donald Trump’s candidature, the music panorama has produced an unprecedented wave of protest songs in the US. What makes this wave really different from past ones (e.g. Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War, Bush administration etc.) is its extreme variety. Artists from every background and genre have...
  • Be aware brother, be aware sister – Rokia Traoré

    According to William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants that arrived in Europe in 2016 is equal to 363,348, of which 181,436 arrived in Italy and 173,561 in Greece. 5,079 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean sea, 1,300 more than in 2015....
  • Men carry the coffin of Jim Crow through the streets to protest racial discrimination in 1944. Credits: Corbis

    Jim Crow and the blues

    “Come listen all you galls and boys, I’m going to sing a little song, My name is Jim Crow. Weel about and turn about and do jis so, Eb’ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow.” “Jim Crow”, or “Jump Jim Crow“, is a fictional blackface character brought...
  • Marilyn Manson Source: Pinterest - "The Beautiful People"

    The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson

    “The Beautiful People” is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released as the lead single from the band’s second studio album, Antichrist Superstar, in September 1996. The song was written by frontman Marilyn Manson and bass player Twiggy Ramirez and was produced by Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie...
  • Politik Kills – Manu Chao

    José Manuel Arturo Tomás Chao Ortega, known as singer and songwriter Manu Chao, was born in France in 1961 from Spanish parents who were forced to leave their origin country to escape the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Chao grew up in the suburbs of Paris, in a house often visited...
  • First We Take Manhattan – Leonard Cohen

    This has been an incredibly tough week. Donald Trump’s winning of the US elections against Hilary Clinton has been a shock for the whole world, and now we all stand powerless, unable to take this back. As the world tries to figure out a way to avoid collateral damage,...
  • Animals album cover

    Sheep | Animals – Pink Floyd

    Today is the third and last episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to Animals. Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable Animal Farm, the album’s lyrics describe various classes in society as different kinds of animals: the combative dogs, despotic ruthless pigs, and the “mindless and unquestioning herd” of...
  • Animals album cover

    Pigs (Three Different Ones) | Animals – Pink Floyd

    Today is the second episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to Animals. Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable Animal Farm, the album’s lyrics describe various classes in society as different kinds of animals: the combative dogs, despotic ruthless pigs, and the “mindless and unquestioning herd” of sheep....
Sounds from the Bucket

Throughout history, music has been a tool for rebellion, revolution and political change. For example, Martin Luther King stated that freedom songs were having a huge impact on the civil rights movement. In this column, the WIB team aims to remember the way in which music has been influential in political movements and protest. We would like people to find out more about the history of famous songs and their impact.

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