Show Notes: On the face of it, world music might not seem
to have a lot of relevance for MLK day. But at the heart, the
struggle for economic justice that King spearheaded is inextricably
tied to a struggle for mutual respect, for appreciation of the
cultural diversity of the planet, and the struggles all people
go through to be free of oppression, injustice, and violence.
Many overt dictatorships have fallen, but the "third world"
is saddled with economic dictatorship in the form of debt, as
Sally Nyolo and Shingo 2 point out. The powerful still try to
exploit the poor as much now as in 1978, when Fela Kuti sang about
the complicity of religious leades in exploitative colonialism.
Exposing this through music is just one way of waking up the powerful
but complacent peoples of the "first world." Here's
my contribution. And please get out and participate in King Day
events this weekend; it'll do you and your community a world of
# Our cover song of the week took this week