Donald Trump-Trudeau quarrel, parody song


This 4 December 2019 music video from Britain is a parody of the Beatles song Hey Jude.

It is about the quarrel of United States President Donald Trump with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the NATO summit in London.

The video says about itself:

The Tweetles – Hey Trude

Donald Trump’s Beatles tribute band has a musical message for Justin Trudeau.

LYRICS:

Hey Trude, don’t make it SAD!
Took a summit and made it bitter
Remember I don’t know the Duke of York
And your locker room talk
Has got me triggered

Hey Trude, don’t be two-faced
One looks so great, the other one I hate
Which one has been talking behind my back?
Must be the black
I bet it’s Kenyan

So let me out, I’m going home
Hey Trude, you blow
Keep your dirty hands off my Ivanka
And stay away from Melanie
Hey Trude, don’t be

Wa-wa-wa-wanker!
Wa-wa-wanker!

Hey Trude, don’t make me SAD!
Took a summit and made it bitter
Remember I don’t know the Duke of York
And your locker room talk
Has made me triggered
Triggered, triggered, triggered…
WAAAAHHHH!

TRUMP ONCE CALLED PRINCE ANDREW ‘A LOT OF FUN’ President Donald Trump can’t keep his story straight regarding his relationship with Prince Andrew. On Tuesday, he claimed that he didn’t know the disgraced royal. But People dug up a 2000 interview with Trump in which he’d said of the prince: “He’s not pretentious. He’s a lot of fun to be with.” [HuffPost]

Trump denounces Macron’s criticisms of NATO at London summit: here.

WORLD leaders gathered in Watford today as the Nato imperialist war machine attempted to paper over the cracks with growing rifts between the supposed allies. Much attention has focused on a perceived spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and his authoritarian Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both are accused of war crimes — Mr Erdogan for his jihadist-backed ethnic cleansing campaign against Kurds in northern Syria and Mr Macron for the sale of arms used to deadly effect in Yemen: here.

Animals perform opera classical music, video


This 11 October 2019 music video says about itself:

Opera performed by animals | Maestro – CG short film by Illogic collective

Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals starts a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.

Music: “Squilla Il Bronzo Del Dio – Guerra, guerra” [from the opera Norma]
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by The Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Dame Joan Sutherland, Samuel Ramey
Conducted by Richard Bonynge
Additional Voices: Marie-Ève Racine, Marc Antoine D’Aragon

Hungarian homophobic government bans Eurovision song contest


This February 2017 video says about itself:

Muslims and gays ‘are unwelcome here’ – BBC News

A village in Hungary has banned Muslim dress, the call to prayer and “homosexual propaganda”. By leading what it calls “the war against Muslim culture“, it hopes to attract other Christian Europeans who object to multiculturalism in their own countries.

Its mayor, Laszlo Toroczkai, says that while he would welcome people from Western Europe to live in the area, “we wouldn’t like to attract Muslims to the village”. Lesley Ashmall reports.

After the right-wing government ban on Ukrainian participation in the Eurovision song contest this year because they hated Ukrainian participant Ms Anna Korsun, now a right-wing government ban on Hungarian participation in the 2020 Eurovision song contest because of governmental homophobia.

From daily The Independent in Britain today, by Samuel Osborne:

Hungary’s far-right government pulls out of Eurovision song contest because it is ‘too gay’

Commentator describes competition as ‘homosexual flotilla’ and says country’s mental health would be better if it did not participate

Hungary has pulled out of the Eurovision song contest amid speculation the competition is “too gay” for the country’s far-right government.

Although no official reason has been given for the withdrawal, a source inside Hungary’s public broadcaster reportedly said they assumed hostility to the contest’s LGBT+ links were behind the decision.

One pro-government commentator described Eurovision as a “homosexual flotilla” and said the country’s mental health would be better if it did not join the competition.

A source inside MTVA, the Hungarian public broadcaster which typically hosts its own song contest where the winner goes on to represent the country at Eurovision, told The Guardian: “I was not surprised. It comes from the organisational culture of MTVA.”

Positive coverage of LGBT+ rights in the media was discouraged, they told the paper.

It comes after Hungarian website index.hu quoted public media sources speculating the country had withdrawn because Eurovision was considered “too gay”. …

Hungary’s decision not to participate in Eurovision was then confirmed last week when the list of competing countries was published.

“I welcome the decision, including from a mental health perspective, that Hungary will not take part in the homosexual flotilla that this international song competition has been reduced to,” said Andras Bencsik, the editor of a pro-government magazine, said.

“Many young people thought that this is something for people under 18, but at this event the destruction of public taste takes place with screaming transvestites and bearded women.”

Associates of Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, have gained control of a large swathe of the country’s media in recent years and his Fidesz party has taken control of state media.

The prime minister has launched a policy to promote traditional family values and boost birth rates, amid a rise in homophobia.

Chilean government kills people, musical commemoration


This music video from Chile says about itself, translated from Spanish:

Musicians and choirs perform El Pueblo Unido, in Sacramentinos square in the requiem event for those who are gone. The people killed during the protests of October 2019. Sunday, October 27, 2019. Santiago, Chile.

Chilean soprano singer sings against martial law


This 27 October 2019 video from Chile says about itself:

Chile: The heart-stopping moment a soprano breaks the martial law (Wait for the end)

This is the chilling moment soprano Ayleen Jovita Romero defies the silence curfew, imposed under martial law by the government of Sebastián Piñera in Chile and sings the song “El derecho de vivir en paz”, (The right to live in peace) by Victor Jara.

Such is the silence because of the martial law, that her voice echoes through the buildings, while people from their windows and balconies are “holding their breath” to the words of her song, until the moment she hits the final note and a wave of applause by dozens of people fills the night and space of a neighborhood under police siege.

The video consists of two scenes of the moment from different angles, one of them being the point of view next to the singer’s window.

The soprano is singing a song from a guitar artist called Victor Jara, he was killed by the Pinochet dictatorship (imposed by the CIA back coup). Jara was taken prisoner along with thousands of others in the Chile Stadium, where guards tortured him, smashing his hands and fingers and then told to try playing his guitar. He was then shot over 40 times and killed. The song is called “The right to live in peace”.

The first video is from “El Canto Nuevo de Chile” Facebook page and the other from the soprano’s Instagram account (@ayleenjovita.soprano).

A Chilean Opera Singer Sang In Peaceful Protest During A Curfew For Thousands Of Her Neighbors. Soprano Ayleen Romero performed the Chilean protest anthem “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz,” or “The Right to Live in Peace”: here.

Jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington interviewed


This 31 October 2019 music video from the USA says about itself:

Malcolm-Jamal Warner features on “Bells (Ring Loudly)”, from the new album from Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, ‘Waiting Game’.

By Chris Searle in Britain:

Monday, November 4, 2019

Interview ‘We do what we can and hope it has a ripple effect’

Jazz musician TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON explains to Chris Searle why themes of social justice in the Trump era inform her latest album

TOP US jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, who’s played and recorded with some of the most luminous figures of post-war jazz including Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, is about to release Waiting Game, a new album by her band Social Science.

It’s to be launched in Britain at two concerts during the London Jazz Festival at Kings Place on November 15 and 16.

As a girl in Boston Carrington grew up “in a house where jazz was on all the time,” she says. “I started on alto sax and moved to drums at seven, when I lost my first set of teeth. I listened to and played jazz but loved R ’n’ B too.”

She was inspired by the master drummers and “I met them and hung out with them all because my dad, a musician like my grandfather, knew them all, particularly Papa Jo Jones.

“I sat in with Max [Roach], Art [Blakey], Roy [Haynes] and Buddy Rich got me my first endorsements.” Her first professional gig was with the Duke Ellington trumpeter Clark Terry and at 18 she began to play with him regularly.

The great drummer Roach, who campaigned tirelessly through his music for civil rights, was a major influence. “I found Max’s work inspiring,” she says, “as well as all of the other musicians who focused on social justice.

“I’ve never been able to separate my music from my being — not so much about my drumming, as much as it is about my writing and production.”

Another inspiration has been her “good friend” Angela Davis, who wrote the sleeve notes of her epochal album Jazz is a Spirit and whose voice contributed to another, Mosaic.

“Echoes of the past are always reverberating in the present,” she says.

“Resistance is a big part of our history and a part of the spirit of jazz itself. We are channelled from our ancestors and evolving from a past that never leaves us, although the foundation of anything I offer musically is the sum total of whatever I am or whatever I’m feeling at any given moment.”

Profoundly contemporary and musically mature, Waiting Game is a album which alerts its listeners in its lyrics that “complacency has a price” in the age of Trump.

“How long can freedom wait/ Before we hear it ring?” it asks and its track titles — Trapped in the American Dream, No Justice (for Political Prisoners) or the heavily ironic Pray the Gay Away — make its themes explicit.

“We have to comment truthfully on what we feel and what we experience,” she declares. “Others will identify with that and find it inspiring, yet others will be disturbed.

“It will serve as a reachable moment for some. So we do what we can and hope it has a ripple effect. These issues are universal, so citizens of many countries can identify with them.”

Go and hear her with Social Science and be prepared to be provoked, moved and inspired.

Waiting Game is released on Motema Records. Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science play Kings Place in London on November 15 and 16, box office: kingsplace.co.uk.

Moroccan rapper L’Gnawi arrested fror criticizing government


This 29 October 2019 musical video from Morocco is the song Aâcha Chaâb by rapper L’Gnawi.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Moroccan rapper Mohamed Gnawi was arrested two days after a video appeared in which he expressed his criticism of the Moroccan government.

In the song Aâcha Chaâb, which means ‘long live the people‘, Gnawi says, eg, that the government “drugs people ” so that they do not revolt. He also sings that Morocco will become an “empty country” in 2020 because everyone leaves and that the king “fools everyone”. The video has been viewed more than 700,000 times since Friday.

834,435, when I last looked today.

“Everyone thinks it’s a suspicious coincidence that he was arrested two days after that song,” says correspondent Samira Jadir. “He was already in the sights of the police. I think they were already planning to arrest him, but were only looking for a good opportunity.”

Jadir thinks that the many views played a role. “You can say a lot in Morocco, but as soon as the authorities see that you are being followed a lot, you are a danger to society in their eyes”.

From L’Express in Morocco, 2 November 2019:

The song recently released online is a “cry from the heart of a youth left on the margins”. In the video, we see the trio of rappers denouncing social injustice, repression, and abuse of power.