Will It Ever End?
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”
This is a topic I have been meaning to touch on for some time, but had decided to put off the ‘heavier’ topics for a later date. That is, however, until I stumbled upon a beautifully worded article, written by the political-activist rapper, Lowkey. I have briefly mentioned his work in a previous post, but for those who are not familiar, I would definitely recommend checking out a few of his songs. I should clarify that I do not at all consider myself to be a fan of Lowkey – fans are for celebrities and false ‘idols,’ that spread of insecurities and false hope. No, it's more than that. I can assure you that not even one celebrity comes close to the talent, and the message, that Lowkey delivers.
For over 20 years, Tim Westwood, the three-time MOBO award winner, has been regarded by many as the DJ of UK hip-hop. Upon offering him an interview, a chance that most UK hip-hop artists would throw themselves at, Lowkey respectfully declined.
In short, Lowkey refused to play a role in the war fuelling publicity, which Westwood appers to be caught up in.
According to his blog post, Rhys Hughes, the executive producer for BBC Radio 1, has said that Westwood was sent out to Camp Bastion, in Afghanistan, because what is happening over there is essentially “a 19-year-old’s story, which is perfect for our audience.”
Photos of Westwood’s trip were also published on the website of the BBC's Radio 1xtra – including a photograph of the “Helicopter ground crew meeting” board, displaying a list of Westwood’s quotes for each day.
What was the first quote, you ask?
‘DROP A BOMB!’
Now, I don’t know about you, but the concept of war, for me, could never be sugar coated. I could never advertise a war, through music, pictures or other media sources. I mean, could this really be modern day propaganda? Jody McIntyre responded to Westwood’s ‘Quote of the day’, in an article which he wrote for the Independent, saying “The irony might be funny, if it were not for the Afghan men, women and children who have been killed and maimed by our bombs.”
And how true his words are.
Two things I learned from Lowkey’s article:
- “A recent study has found that, for the last 2 years running, the US military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.”
- “In April 2010, an Independent on Sunday poll found that 77% of British citizens want the troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan.”
Why are our people never heard?
Why are there no responses to these facts, from Britain? Or America?
During mid-2011, the artist known as Mic Righteous, performed on BBC radio 1xtra. His lyrics were censored; words like ‘free Palestine’ and ‘Gaza Strip,’ along with profanities, were masked with the sound of shattered glass.
Are the words ‘Palestine’ and ‘Fuck’ really on par?!
Mic Righteous performing on BBC Radio 1xtra
Meanwhile, the BBC openly promote and support the war on Afghanistan.
Could this really be the start of modern day propaganda?
The article written by Lowkey can be found here.
I leave you with one of my favourite Lowkey tracks – Soundtrack To The Struggle.
If you are not a fan of hip-hop, don't worry, neither am I. But trust me. He's good.
Lowkey - Soundtrack To The Struggle.
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