In Kingston Jamaica, in 1968, Leonard Dillon and his band The Ethiopians recorded a song called Everything Crash. It was a year of protests, demonstrations and violence. In Jamaica, France, Ireland, the USA, South America, Pakistan and many other countries, people took to the streets to voice their frustration at governments that were ineffectual, unrepresentative or simply corrupt.
The following year, Prince Buster - the influential songwriter and producer who helped to invent Ska - recorded a version of Everything Crash. He called it...
Fast forward over fifty years and again there are protests, demonstrations and violence. All over the Earth, people are protesting about the climate crisis, political corruption and police brutality. They are marching for women's rights, ethnic minority rights, LGBTQI+ rights and the right to protest itself. The protest songs released by The Ethiopians and Prince Buster in the 1960s are needed now more than ever.
When things get hot, turn the volume up.
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