Indigenous Resistance

The genesis of the track began in a small simple African village. Here The Ghost wrote a mixture of lyrics and a collage of different phrases of indigenous philosophy that had been recounted to him. Some of these philosophies can be found documented in our book “IR 30 Indigenous Visions Of Dub”. The Ghost also pulled in influences from “Africa Anarchism: The History Of A Movement”, “The Native Creative Process”, and the album “When The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade” as he created the lyrical framework. IR was very aware of the fact that what we were creating would not fit into a conventional song structure: IR wanted to create something that would be food for thought for activists and those contemplating ACTION. The Ghost knew this was an idea-laden track, but it had to groove as well.

This collage of lyrics and philosophy and idea upon idea was then sent to singer songwriter Cristiane D, of Pittsburgh, PA to mold into a melody and form, songlike, but still different. The song was to be IR’s response to the questions and concerns The Ghost has heard through his travels. People concerned and feeling uncertain in the face of what they perceive as mounting danger and chaos in the world. We wanted to take another viewpoint and point out the positives and that could taken out of what could be described as situations of “chaos”.

As the lyrics for this track states: “you can’t order the universe but you can find what natural forces are in it that you need to do things right. You must be comfortable with chaos and depend on it to get things done. Chaos is the opportunity to thrive, grow, the realization nothing is fixed; movement, change is the possibility.”

In a time when people are feeling very insecure we also wanted to impart a notion of trust as a foundation; the importance of people trusting themselves and trusting their intuition.

Dutty Bookman at the launch of his recent book “Fatidic: selected Duttyisms” said something that resonates with the spirit of this project “lets not be afraid to say what we need to say…lets just do it…we live in a time where there is so much chaos in the world so much danger in the world we just have to put up a barrier against the fear of living in these times…and just free up!”

Christiane D created the English choruses that became pivotal to expressing the theme. “You will know you will know… waiting for the right moment to appear, waiting for the right moment to work , waiting for the right moment to disappear” which is the modus operandi with which IR has produced art actions in different parts of the world. We enter. We work. We disappear. In the present day world of super-hype, where press releases are written even when the uber-famous do something uber-trivial to boost up their ratings, sales, ego; our focus is solely on the creation and message of the work.

Indigenous Resistance


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