KALW Radio interview with Hanna Baba. Listen to the show below.
"San Francisco musician Scot Sier believes that protest music is a powerful source of inspiration for movements like Occupy And Black Lives Matter. And he's compiled more than 700 new songs - from hip hop to R&B, and reggae to dub step – to share." Hanna Baba Crosscurrents host @ NPR’s KALW Radio.
From the beginning of the Occupy Movement, I felt compelled to write songs about inequality and racial bias for my up-coming "Anarchist Guide To The Universe" album project. My first experience with prejudice and segregation came as a child growing up in the industrial city of Gary, Indiana where I was born and raised.
When black and hispanic families moved to Gary looking for work in the steel mills, most of the white families moved to the suburbs. Public transportation was shut down to areas where the white's moved, so that people of color suffered by not having transportation to gain employment. Our family owned a business in the heart of the city and my father and mother refused to move from our home. We made friends with the black and hispanic families in our neighborhood and realized that we are all the same on the inside. I never understood what it was about the color of a persons skin that created fear and prejudice in people.
Once the mills began laying off workers because of cheaper exports and most of the whites had moved to the suburbs, the tax base fell and the city collapsed. Buildings were abandoned, schools were closed and heroin and crack flooded the hood. Crime rates went up, blacks were segregated to the South side of town and barb wire was installed in some areas. Our family held out on selling our home as long as we could, but it go to be too dangerous to live there, so we bailed to.
Money and city planning could have alleviated much of the problem. But, it really was the failure of our politicians to act and allocate funds on both the federal and local level that left my city in tatters like many other industrial towns.
Much later, during the Occupy Movement protests, I came up with the idea of creating a community of artists on Soundcloud to share their thoughts about inequality and social injustice. It was exciting to see so many people writing protest songs. During the year of 2017 when Occupy began we accumulated over 700 from across the globe. That's a lot of songwriters protesting wealth inequality and police brutality.
To continue to build our activist community, I created Deep Under Cover. An activist clothing line that will be launched with the release of my new "Anarchist Guide To The Universe" record in 2019. This album along with the protest songs on our playlist represent the voice of the people who demand justice and equality for all regardless of their race and stature.
We are living in historical times which requires historical music to share our stories. I ask you to join in and share our songs with your friends and political leaders. Stop by our Deep Under Cover website and pick up a t-shirt or hoodie to help support the message of our community. Together we can make a difference through the joy and hope that music brings to all peoples across the globe.
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For info on Deep Under Cover Clothing visit: https://www.duclosangeles.com/
For info on the Occupy Movement visit: http://occupywallst.org/
For info on the Black Lives Matter Movement visit: http://blacklivesmatter.com/