The Protesters

this is the site description

DECEMBER 27 2017 - 3:00PM

masthead-main.png

Protesters keen to change the world at the Illawarra Folk Festival

 

 SEND A MESSAGE: The Protesters are one of 142 acts performing at the Illawarra Folk Festival in Bulli this January. Details at www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au Picture: Supplied

Music lovers shouldn’t be too presumptuous about the lineup for the Illawarra Folk Festival in January with a variety of genres catered for other than folk.

Country, swing, reggae, Celtic tunes, African drummers, gypsy, bush dancing and yoga are just some of the genres represented at the 33rd annual festival at Bulli Showgrounds from January 18 to 21.

Reggae group The Protesters are set for their Folk Festival debut, a mixture of eight seasoned musicians from bands like Watussi, King Tide, The Subterraneans and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Read More: Folk Festival 2018 program now released

Like many of the musicians on the festival lineup, their songs aim to make subtle statements about prominent issues in the world such as corporate greed, the decline of the earth’s natural resources and equal opportunity.

“Since I was a kid I was always politically motivated and out for social justice so that’s where I started off with my music,” key songwriter and saxophone player Michael Brown said.

Brown, who also teaches contemporary music at TAFE, said his band is not necessarily ramming messages down people’s throats with their songs but he hopes their lyrics can at least do something small.

“To say something that might have a little bit of impact on our future in various ways, is getting maximum mileage in a way,” he said.

 

logo.png

The Protesters – Postcolonial World

Posted May 25, 2017 by Sarah Pritchard & filed under Arts & EntertainmentCD ReviewsCity NewsMusic.

 

The Protesters saunter into the listeners ears with their second album Postcolonial World.

Clear and pure lyrics, against a reggae beat make hard words taste more like honey to the listener. Somehow, though they are directed squarely at the thought processes in their audience, the lyrics are wrapped up in rhythmic bubble wrap, softening their impact.

The band plays across genres backing it all up with a constant stream of laid back reggae. Bouncing along in easy lengths; the rhythms blend and change, encouraging the listener to dance along with deep thought. Stretching them out across the rhythm, smiling along with the hard hitting politics, they deliver these messages with ease and casual finesse.

Listeners will delight in the newest offering from The Protesters, embracing the beat along with the importance of the message.

★★★★

Reviewed by Sarah Pritchard.

Postcolonial World è il nuovo album dei Protesters

 Write here...

Write here...

anilo Deponti 22 settembre 2017

Si chiama Postcolonial World il nuovo album dei Protesters, gruppo australiano composto da otto persone provenienti da diverse realtà unite per uno scopo comune: creare musica reggae. Una realtà attiva dal 2013 con alle spalle Soul of The Nation, disco che faceva già emergere la grande potenzialità del gruppo capitanato dal frontman giamaicano Pat Powell.

 

Postcolonial World è un album di significati, come quello che viene scelto per la data di uscita, corrispondente al 27 maggio, che coincide con il 50esimo anniversario del referendum che diede agli Aborigeni australiani il diritto di essere considerati veri e propri cittadini; a confermare il proprio tributo alle tribù australiane vi è poi la copertina, raffigurante un aborigeno “imbavagliato” da una catena a luchetto.

Il disco inizia con Slogans Of Fear, pezzo dalle forti vibrazioni che ha come tematica l’unità tra ogni individuo, dove la profonda voce del cantante si alterna a quella del sax. Opportunity e Solidarity riflettono il messaggio di speranza e di rispetto reciproco come unica via di libertà mentre l’ipnotica Titanic Destination ci delizia con la parte strumentale dai tratti dub.

 

Colma di positività è anche Not The Only One, brano dalle sonorità che spaziano dal reggae al soul che porta a Recognise e Post Colonial World, senza dubbio le migliori tune in fatto di liriche, inerenti ad un mondo ancora colpito da guerre e da violazioni di diritti. Se Universal Women è una dedica a tutte le donne che ogni giorno combattono le dissidie della vita, Green Utopia e Stupid Game riflettono sulle condizioni critiche in campo ecologico ed economico sostenute da delle melodie travolgenti, accompagnate dalla frizzante sezione fiati.

Un disco intriso di contenuti che rinsalda quanto fatto nel precedente lavoro, grazie anche all’ottimo lavoro di autoproduzione, concepito per un pubblico amante delle sonorità roots più pure.

 

RhythmsHeaderLogo.png

THE PROTESTERS

SOUL OF THE NATION

FREEDOM STREET

Michael Brown, saxophonist with popular Latin rockers

Watussi, has recruited members from high profile Aussie roots

outfits King Tide, Electric Empire and the Melbourne

Ska Orchestra for his reggae side Project,

The Protesters. Soul Of The Nation, the band’s debut

album, is a vehicle for the leader’s songs, most of

which espouse a strong commitment to social justice.

Brown’s trenchant commentary on the environmental

and social cost of the good life enjoyed by Australians

is offset by smooth and soulful old school reggae

riddims, fuelled by exemplary arrangements featuring

a full complement of horns. The leader’s own jazzy

saxophone solos lift several songs, most notably

‘Fallen Down’. The funky ‘Find A Way’ features a

deadly electric guitar solo. Pat Powell, singer with the

MSO, delivers the messages with urbanity, belying

the scarcely concealed contempt behind lines such

as, “We eating and drinking while the land is getting

tired / Sittin’ in front of tele while our bunda’s gettin’

wide” (from the ‘Good Life’).While it alludes to a suburb

of Cape Town, the equally potent ‘District 6’ can be

read as a broadside against all divisive governments.

“Community destroyed for greed, always there to haunt

us / Humanity can do without world apartheid forces.”

https://rhythms.com.au/reviews/the-protesters-soul-of-the-nation/