The confluence of USA Independence Day (July 4) and Thomas Mapfumo’s birthday (July 2) puts us in the mind of revolution and liberty. Music always accompanies social and political progress, and we’ll hear such songs from around the world this week.
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Femi Kuti “I Wanna Be Free” from Live at the Shrine
King Chango “Revolution / Cumbia Reggae” from King Chango
Children Of The Revolution “Eleftheria (Freedom)” from Children of the Revolution
Yellow Sisters “revolution” from Singalana
Ladysmith Black Mambazo “Shosholoza” from Long Walk to Freedom
Achanak “Dushman Da Badla (Freedom from Oppression)” from 20 Years of Bhangra
Skatalites “Freedom Sounds” from From Paris With Love
Amadou Diagne “freedom” from Yakar
Playing for Change “Talkin’ bout a Revolution” from Songs Around the World
Set break — KAOS Community Billboard
Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook “Freedom” from Black Rock
Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited “Chimurenga (The War of Liberation)” from Chimurenga ’98
As de Trèfle “La Revolution” from Houlala
Tarika “Set Me Free” from Soul Makassar
Opium Feat. MC Raï “Freedom Is Free (Jef Stott Super Mix)” from Samaya: A Benefit Album For Cheb i Sabbah
Christine Vaindirlis “Call to Freedom” from Dance Mama!
Elkin Robinson “Revolution Time” from Sun a Shine
Delgres “Vivre Sur la Route” from Mo Jodi
Takeifa “Macoumba” from Gass Giss
Susheela Raman “Amba” from Love Trap
Eccodek “Red, White and Mali” from Shivaboom
Dobet Gnahoré “Lobe” from Miziki
Set break — Spin The Globe world music concert calendar
Mulatu Astatke “Nètsanèt (Liberty)” from Éthiopiques 4. Ethio jazz & musique instrumentale 1969-1974
Kekele “Lili” from Congo Life
Ziggy Marley “Rebellion Rises” from Rebellion Rises
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba “Xarit” from Routes
Minor Empire “Dostum Dostum” from Second Nature