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tv   The Stream 2018 Ep 42  Al Jazeera  March 14, 2018 5:32pm-6:01pm +03

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the official agreement to form a new grand coalition. video of a reporter rolling her eyes has caused the chinese government to censor the internet the reporter lead young sharon ye who is wearing blue here couldn't contain her disdain for a fellow journalist when she asked a government minister a soft and apparently staged question. this is al-jazeera these are the top stories the u.s. students and teachers have been conducting their walk out of classrooms nationwide to demand tougher gun control laws the protests were due to last seventeen minutes in tribute to the seventeen victims of the florida high school shooting last month and the u.k. is expelling twenty three russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former double agent to reason may said all high level contact between london and moscow would be caught lots more news on the web site it's always there for you al
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jazeera dot com i'm back from ten g. tomorrow we'll see you soon up next it's the stream by. it's candidates who don't like the. tight grip on the kremlin as. when russian people. there's every indication that they will return him to his presidential. follow the russian elections on al-jazeera. hi emily could be and you're in the stream you're joining us for our second show this week covering the south by southwest festival in the u.s. city of austin texas so they will look at how musicians are expressing political activism through their work at a time when politics is becoming ever more polarized but me is at the festival and we'll be talking to three very different artists i've got me. and hello from the
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fabulous hotel in downtown austin so three independent musicians are about to meet today one of the original nine hundred seventy s. a woman punk rock of one is a reverend activists with a voice like silk and one is a canadian colombian who is so eccentric she's like a musical tornado understand exactly what i mean when you meet one of the issues addressing with music stay tuned to find. the city. in the street. south by southwest is one of the key events of the year for both musicians and fans with more than a thousand acts playing over the course of the festival many artists are looking to get their music to a wider audience and the festival is a particularly enticing prospect for independent artists whose music has an activist message joining me on sat matt cohen is arts editor at the washington city
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paper and has written widely about independent music joining us from austin is alice bag and musician and writer both based in los. angeles california she is one of the true punk originals her first band the bags were part of the influential l.a. punk scene during the late seventy's alice who released her first solo album in twenty sixteen and now she's at south by southwest promote her second album blueprint here's a secular whole bit from that album. it . will be.
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full of. i feel like the music holding it. was about hope means she thinks she's young and the whole reason i wrote that song was because i had gone to the ninety nine cent store where i do you know some of my accessory shopping and these two women just started staring about staring at me and talking about me and when i would look at them to see if they're really like looking at me they would turn the other way and pretend like they were not talking about you and then as soon as i went the other way they'd like follow me and like. keep gossiping so i typically come front people who are. people who annoy me in any way but i didn't on that occasion i just got in i'm not going to mess with i'm just going to go to my car put my stuff away and it was sponsoring me even as i was at the car i was thinking i'm going to go back and let them have
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a piece of my mind and as i was walking back in i was some people came up to me and started talking to me and by the time i got back in the store the women were gone and i felt his frustration at not being able to to talk back so i wrote a song about it instead so i feel like i fenton and i feel like i have the last laugh. you'll find you'll find tweets this is and stabbing and she says to us in a stream i think her message is well expressed in that face pipe bomb for the so she small it and hopeful and angry for all the right reasons go some way it isn't fetishistic it isn't fashion it's power thank you yeah it's not really meant to be about fashion that video in particular is really about like being confident and feeling like owning your who you are and not worrying about how the other people interpret or try to you know fits you him. is
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a message that's resonated with so many people online you have a lot of fans out there as this is another one of them this is morgan who says she was part of early punk way but had huge momentum before punk was sort of co-opted for money by the mainstream but john at last some focus intil riot girl we actually have a video coming from of tweeted it out so you can see their take this person goes on to say now more kids are getting into activism again though technology can distract make you dated and make you give up i wonder if you can comment on this tweet or someone says that punk last. through the years i dare say you are fan of punk as well i am a fan of didn't lose its edge and is coming back with activists. i think it's i think it's how you look at it i mean you know we're in d.c. from d.c. there's been a the punk underground here is legendary and it's deeply tied with activism i don't know that punk lost his edge so much is that
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a lot of people stopped paying attention for a while and now they're paying attention again. alison i'm sure you know you know as well as i do that you and your contemporaries your messages have never never seen you never stop seeing your messages all these years and. it's just people are paying attention now more than more than ever let me. i feel like that's. that's true i also think that the focus wasn't on. you know the diverse voices so you didn't get a lot of you got the wrong impression of what was happening with punk a lot of times the bands that got the attention were the ones that had the money behind them so even though there were always groups that were that had meaningful messages and different voices and were saying things in original ways they were not the ones that got the media attention and some people go see what is it that
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they're coming to see it's not just about the sound of you know what are they seeing i think they're see first of all my songs are very personal but a lot of times. the personal is political so a lot of my songs are frustration for example we have a song that frustration with the administration it's called reign of fear and so it comes out for me in my mind most powerful tool for activism is my songwriting and my stage performance i feel like i try to connect with people tell them how i feel and hopefully if we have the same. the same sentiments the same emotions the same frustrations we can feel supported and we can feel like there's a community behind you and there's a community behind me where we can create momentum create action and create real change in the world we just share this with you from the wax idols and
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a band in san fran on the west coast of us and they describe you as an active and outspoken feminist for decades it hasn't always been in fashion with the music well as it is now so when you see people talk about feminism right now in a nutshell in a sentence what do you think about i think it's great i think it's wonderful that that there is that feminism has become. something that anybody can say they're feminist and not be misinterpreted when i was it's hard to say it in a nutshell but when i was younger i heard people talk about post-feminism as though feminism had been like there was no need for it i think there's still a need for feminism and people realize now that it doesn't have to do with gender has to do with equal rights i respond enjoy south by southwest. thank you for being here with us on the street it's my pleasure so i'll wrap up this part of the conversation with this tweet from greg about last guys who actually happens to be alice is how the bed he writes it will help you to know her if you look at these
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two articles that he's linked us there also on our twitter feed he says punk is action and not just music matt i wanted to get your take on that line punk is action it's more than music has it always been that yeah i mean absolutely i think in a way punk started as an action it was it was started as a stablished. movement that definition has kind of evolved over the years. you know i think one thing the alice the that really strikes a chord one hundred percent agree with is that a lot of the voices that started punk that were being heard were the ones with a lot of money behind it and we're in this we're in this. period thanks to the internet that you know. everyone who has a voice has an incredible microphone to have it heard and people are paying attention and so i don't sound cloud that yes to this band camp that's all that and
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people or you know i think one of the the big things about this this kind of. you know rise in the activism of the past couple years people or especially you know younger people are looking for artists to tell them how to feel and how to. be any here is one more artist that they are less. looking to joining us in austin is robin. seiko he's a st louis born musician and activist his music draws on a wide range of styles from delta blues to memphis soul the twenty seven thousand album in times like these covers issues ranging from black incarceration in the u.s. to gay lesbian and trans rights here's an excerpt of one of the songs on the album this is called resist.
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you're. born. to me describe the rather as a musician theologian activist read which order should they be and what's most important or to be about india right ok. this is a reference tweet saying he's thinking about you a lot this morning and this was early on in march of this year and he just use a musician and organize an author past and my dear friend i love that tweet each of them and he was with us in charlottesville you were in charlottesville as we gave grave injustice to this week with the prosecution of harris i mean in the heavily referenced second is music again. a get. do you feel that you are now
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packing because of what the world is looking like right now well you know a lot less to me about vogue and a lot more about what does faithfulness look like so how do i attempt as an art is musician theologian attempt to keep track of the suffering of everyday people and confront the powerful in such a way that leaves the world a little better place our dear friends and sorrows of brothers whisper way system. would congregate charlottesville a group of radical clergy who organize to confront and bring a different witness in the face of nazis marching in history wanted to right now harris who was beaten by nazis is now being prosecuted by the commonwealth attorney. for being beaten and so he goes on trial friday and so that community is mobilizing right now. you use a phrase radical. describe yourself as
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a radical question what does that even well actually i think that's one way to kind of distinguish those of us say from right wing clergy i understand it as the gospel so the wound the stand the gospel is that god was born into the world and born into the body of an unwed teenage palestinian mother living under occupation to an unimportant people and that according to the christian myth that palestinian peasant defeated. and so that's how i come to understand the guts i actually think that is the heart of the gospel and that everything else is heresy. to fair to comments we've got live via you tube this is the crawl who says musicians can tap into something they cannot create resistance they may give a voice to feelings and thoughts but they can't create that resistance another person explains maybe why that is general alpha on youtube says i don't think musicians have the impact that they've become so how modularize. and that i'm wondering if some of that has to do with the money where the the money for the
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label comes from and independent artists not having access to that and so not being able to have as big of a platform so that's an interesting thing. thought a lot about you know in the pennant artists this is their are this is their life they want to get paid and a lot of times getting paid means. getting paid by the systems that you know a lot of times they're speaking out against you know i think of like a band like downtown boys that is a very political outspoken terrific. punk rock band from providence rhode island and you know they played coachella last year and there is kind of a little bit of controversy a lot of the money behind comes from. you know money that they are kind of a gets well the kind of took took a proactive stance and said look we're doing this because these are this is our lives we have to get paid but we're using the stage to spread our message so you
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know in a way it's it's kind of what these independent artists taking the advantages they can to get their message out there and kind of reconciling with themselves the you know how that can make an impact to their to their audience that's listening to me . i was watching the referent on video earlier on today and dissing how you preach how you get the congregation really stoked up really riled up and i feel that his in the black eyes matter coming out of your mouth on a daily basis there was a little beautiful song that you sang i can't point we're not going to do performance well but just can you just help share some of those lyrics with us oh the mid-south peace gathering is great organizers down a brother bread. and the folks there in memphis it's
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a song written by the peace poets a beautiful group of poets out of new york and. i can hear my name cry and say it again bri now i'm in the struggle saying. we're calling out the violence of the ori foley then we go. until the be free and there was a song written by the peace poets oh yeah it's really beautiful. to me cry on live t.v. . i don't have any to she said no i write out. anyway composure continue. and so i think i think in terms of the power of music i mean it's one thing to talk about who gives a record contract who plays the big conferences and that kind of thing but those of us who divest majority of musicians or like myself who are going from gate to gate
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to two or struggling to make me but when we get the stage something happens to the stay on the stage our people are moved in such a way and that the relationship between musical performance and resistance is well formulated there is no civil rights movement without the voices of the freedom singers there is no martin luther king my whole you jackson right there is no malcolm x. without the jazz musicians who we love deeply and so there is an interplay between that and then that the artists are only integrity is the commitment to our craft and i am deeply hopeful. not only in terms of music but in terms of cultural production as it relates to painting sculpture there's an entire innocence and i think we gone be alright did it when i come from tradition that when we could do nothing else we sing the song and i think we can sing and organize our way yeah you
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should come hang out with us in a stream office you can sing to. times of trouble and tribulation full time job that. reverend say thank you so much for playing up the stream at southwest enjoy the rest of your time in western texas thank you and i am a big fan and we all love you thank you very much stay with us thank you so much many members of our audience ard to read and part of me this is sad he says the blues are rooted in maiming the hard things crying out not hiding from what hurts most in life injustice in pain at home and in the world truly good news cannot be felt and known without first naming the problems to read another one from culture effect because there are also big fans and there at south by as well they write in we all. think of activism as something for the youth but the reverend speaks to the older generation and provides them an access point to youth led movements it can be the start up intergenerational work and they end with this saying what the reverend does is activate religion its thoughts and prayers plus action so our third and
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final guest today is leading him into a colombian board artists residing in toronto she mixes colombian indigenous music with a bond to guard electronica and cutting edge pop her two thousand and sixteen album paisa won the twenty seventeen polaris music prize one of the most coveted music awards in canada monday night she performed at south by southwest this song is that . i went to see last night it is here right now that was some concert when you take
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people into space what do you want to warn them about is going to happen to them i don't like to give them any warning. i just want people to feel free and i want people to express themselves and i want to be a vessel of love and happiness and resistance so it's a good opportunity for for a new audience when they see me for the first time because. you know like hello here. you can really tell what's going to happen there's a lot of people that will be in the audience that have a generally. idea but i like and i take pride in my show being being different and unique every time so sometimes i don't even know what's going to happen so yeah it's exciting let me share this with you this is from gina virgil and she says that leto is originally from bikila colombia where my parents come from gina's parents
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i've always found the lyrics to denote strength and wisdom of women however her track like cap and she died really resonated with me as my first boyfriend in college didn't let me date in high school was controlling and abusive you share so much of your personal life right there on stage yeah why because sometimes as women it's hard for us to express part parts of of suffering and abuse because some of us are wired to think it is our fault and we keep making excuses sometimes that benefit our abusers so i know that every time that i express or talk about my past and things that were not as happy it just connects people to me more and i connect to my audience more and then it helps other women to also speak up when when when faced in these situations and it's also
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a nice to know and be reminded that you don't need to stay in an abusive relationship that you don't need to to suffer. because you know when patriarchy. we just don't have the upper hand so i know that i give a little bit of strain and awareness and love to people so that they can be braver and feel more empowered. but we got this comment from someone in misrata and she's in musician out of london and she says nina simone famously said an artist's duty is to reflect the times my art and my activism are intertwined art is activism activism is change maton we see all of the artists we've talked to today this seems to resonate do you do you think that that's true of more and more artists especially younger ones who are entering this business with sounds that are trying to change things. i mean absolutely i mean i think music and art. you
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know they're interchanged because making art and music is a political act i mean it is it is doing something. that is against the grain that is against kind of what's going on so. you know especially now with with what's going on in the world i mean i think young artists and artists in general have more to say than than ever before they're trying to get their message out there and you know. it matters and we're listening i mean. we have d.j. just to end the show when combined with. a live production of proficiency in production technology she is bridging the gap between the walls and traditions in a way that touches young people deep play again kudos to you but you thought
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another six shows today so out of those six shows do you do you work out ok i'm going to do this in this one in this in this one touches people do you come with an agenda now there's no a gender i guess no one organized part is our songs we rehearse her songs that thousand times so that. whenever i get to the stage i decide what we're going to perform. you know. well people see you next. week i think the next one is the tom that comes. right at. south by southwest to see how. texas thank you for being with us thank you so much and thank you to all of our guests and that alice read and say go and leave before we go just about time to tell you what's ahead on with stay we'll discuss a wide variety of innovative uses for blocking technology beyond just crypto currencies
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