‘We have more politicised artists in the 21st Century now than we did in the 1960’s.’ So says Rob Bowman, Ethnomusicologist and contributor to feature documentary Sounds Like A Revolution, a music doco highlighted as ‘one to watch’ at this year’s Byron Bay International Film Festival.
The documentary charts a generation of activist musicians. Living proof that music is an important and powerful tool in the ongoing struggle for social change. Focusing on the personal experiences of four independent musicians, Michael Franti, Fat Mike, Paris and Anti-Flag, but featuring a collection of live performances, political rallies, music videos and uncensored commentaries from some of the most outspoken icons in the business – folk legend Pete Seeger, The Dixie Chicks, David Crosby, Steve Earle, Jello Biafra, Ani DiFranco, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and more, Sounds Like A Revolution offers a unique historical perspective on the new wave of protest music sweeping the planet.
Amongst them, and featured prominently in their poster and marketing materials, is our very own Natalie Pa’apa’a, of urban roots band Blue King Brown. Hailed by Santana as ‘the voice of the street and the band of the future’, dedicated to the movement, socially aware and active with hard hitting lyrics and groove, Blue King Brown is a band that walks their talk on many social issues and are known for actively speaking out. Their place in this hall of fame is well earned.
With exclusive footage, Sounds Like A Revolution follows artists as they challenge corporate media, convert their fans into a powerful lobby force, and spread the word through the revolutionary cyberworld of social activism. Radical messages of peace and uncompromising principles have pushed these artists to the fringe of the mainstream, but haven’t stopped them from obtaining long-term success, impressive global sales and international recognition. Through their music and message they have ‘enraged, enlightened and inspired’ a whole new generation of activists around the world. Sounds Like A Revolution is a testament to their energy, spirit and commitment.
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