During lockdown, Tony has kindly agreed to curate a weekly playlist of Coffee Time Picks for the Manchester Cares community- as well as sharing anecdotes and info' about his picks.
The theme this week is 'political' so plug in, and listen to this collection of songs that bring together music and activism.
Kabaka Pyramid (ft Stonebwoy) – Borders
Keron Salmon chose the name Kabaka Pyramid, named after a former Ugandan king when he left Jamaica for Fort Lauderdale where he began rapping and making beats. He seamlessly combines roots reggae with conscious hip-hop. On this song he teams up with Stonebwoy from Ghana.
Lowkey, Mohammed Yahya and EbsilJaz – Escape From Yarl’s Wood
The infamous detention centre, Yarl’s Wood, has gained a huge amount of media attention for allegations of human rights abuses, degradation of detainees by staff and hunger strikes by those held there. It has become a key national rallying point for activists campaigning against deportations of asylum seekers and other migrant people, as highlighted in the recent Windrush scandal. The track is in Arabic and English.
Vivian Jones & The Disciples – Fire
It's been nearly three years since the Grenfell Tower fire where 72 people lost their lives. Social tenants across the country are still not being protected and the government continue to drag their feet. We need a new regulator that listens and acts to save lives.
ÌFÉ – Prayer For Oduduwa Ife produce music which is wilfully out of genre, yet focused and clear which makes it so compelling. The deep sense of spiritual intent is part blessing, part adoration and part manifesto. They move seamlessly from English to Spanish to Yoruba. If you haven’t got their album “Edgy-Og-Beh” you’re missing out.
Posted by Heather Madden on Friday 5th June 2020
Heather is Manchester Cares' Programme Coordinator managing our Social Clubs programme.