The Lebanese protest folk group فرقة الراحل الكبي (The Great Departed) were introduced late in 2016.
عماد حشيشو – فرقة الراحل الكبي
Their latest track من أجل هذا ولهذا (For This And That) which had not been planned for release just yet was brought to light with no fanfare for unanticipated reasons.
A few hours after the shooting of the video for من أجل هذا ولهذا the Oud player and main protagonist in this particular video – عماد حشيشو (Emad Hashisho) was killed in a car accident on the 9th of March.
The English protest-folk project Beans On Toast releases the LP Cushty on the 1st of December.
Beans On Toast
A musician it is always a pleasure to return to with the insightful narrative and raw delivery.
With the normal construct of identifying the issues in poetic lyrical form with earthy vocal and quiet instrumentation and yet – having drawn a dark cloud through the room concludes with an unanticipated and abstract ray of sunshine, leaving the audience feeling better about life than prior to listening – the first of the fourteen tracks is Open Door Policy.
Numerous players with a plethora of instruments grace their most recent dozen track LP Your Sherpa Will Abandon You And Leave You For Dead (available on bandcamp).
The quietly measured soundtrack belies their distress at the social injustice and political posturing around the globe as the just under an hour and a quarter release threads through the room in an eclectic range of compositions.
By way of an introduction the second – Holy Mountain.
As regular readers know – there are some themes of thought I am likely to ask you to consider with your sandwiches and protest music is one such. First featured earlier in the year Rue Snider returns with the latest song to surface – One More American – in live performance.
The US protest-folk creator Nick DeFazio released the LP Part of Something earlier in the month.
An approaching twenty eight minutes, nine track album, (available on bandcamp) which encompasses various issues of social disquiet which is delivered in quiet contemplation as acoustic guitar and vocal envelop the listener in sorrowful and quizzical compositions.
My selection is the fourth piece – Look At What We Have Done.