June 4, 2015

Indigenous Resistance

indigenous-resistanceIndigenous Resistance is a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios, with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases are completely autonomous self-funded works achieved through barter, little money, but an abundance of commitment and co-operation.

IR also stands for indigenous reality, creating works that show the world of the indigenous as they really are, not the manufactured photo ops published in the mainstream press.

Their new IR35 release started with the making of the IR33 Korogocho DUBuMentary & Grafitti Experience in Nairobi, Kenya. IR was inspired by circumstances found in the slums of Korogocho to create a mural, the making of which was documented by a local video crew.

In the editing room of African Aftermath Media, while overlaying dub sounds to the images of the Kenyan graffiti artists painting the IR mural, the IR crew started splicing together edits of their previously released tracks featuring Jamaican artists Sawandi & Jah9 and the dub mixing skills of Delroy ‘Fatta’ Pottinger.

These sounds formed the basis of the soundtrack for the film. It also inspired them to revisit the different mixes to create a new dub that would further highlight Sawandi’s ethereal keyboards and the soaring vocals of Jah9. The fact that these tracks were focused on the brutal murder of the Brazilian Pataxo Indian, Galdino, and the subsequent amnesia that befell the Brazilian media about the case ever since, had IR thinking of a new way to retell the truth about Galdino. And so, the IR crew decided to make IR35.

IR is always cognizant of the bigger picture and for us that means an awareness that we are fighting against an oppressive Babylonian system in all its forms.

IR Dub reality blog has more images related to the release and video.