Monday, June 13, 2005

Alternative Thursdays –Week 6 (June 9, 2005)

Revolutions per Beats

Dedicated to the people who lost their lives at the hands of the law

“they who wish to hurt you work with in the law”


In Ethiopian culture, regular music in times of sorrow is seen as a sacrilege to the desisted person/persons. For such times there is a special type of music called ‘musho’ and the person who is gifted in the art of musho is called ‘musho awraaje’. The purpose of a ‘musho awraaje’ is to come up with verses about the late person to evoke sad emotions form people who are attending the mourning. Unfortunately, traditional musho hasn’t made it to the recording industry yet, if it had, this week’s revolutions per beats would have been a one hour musho session.

The decision to actually go on with his show came late afternoon. Not having the show will be a cowardly way out and to actually speak my mind during the show in the fortressed FM studio will leave me at the mercy of the federal police.

Solution: skip the dialogues and let the music speak. So I put together a ‘Ferenji musho’ in a CD and while there is still light outside I dropped it of at the studio to the technician in charge.

The show went through. The fact it went through with out any interruption makes me doubt the message got through. For me it was my two-cents for what was happening.

“we're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
and the machine is bleeding to death”

Dead Flag Blues, GYBE

The entire monologue from the opening song can be found here


  1. Godspeed You Black Emperor (GYBE) – the dead flag blues
  2. Morrissey – the world is full of crashing bores
  3. Pink Floyd – comfortably numb
  4. Buffalo Springfield – for what it’s worth
  5. Ben Harper – Welcome to the cruel world
  6. U2 – ONE
  7. Bob Dylan – masters of war
  8. Fela Kuti – sorrow, tears and blood
  9. Marvin Gaye – what’s going on????


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