The Funambulist #38 – Music and the Revolution

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“A magazine with an activist line that does not follow the same political standards when it comes to its production has no reason to exist.” – Freunde von Freunden

The Funambulist is a magazine that engages with the politics of space and bodies. Our hope is to provide a useful platform where activist/academic/practitioner voices can meet and build solidarities across geographical scales. Through articles, interviews, artworks, and design projects, we are assembling an ongoing archive for anticolonial, antiracist, queer, and feminist struggles. The print and online magazine is published every two months and operates in parallel with an open-access podcast and a blog. 

Welcome to our last 2021 issue! It is dedicated to the relationship between music and the movements of liberation. Its gorgeous cover was created for us by Pola Maneli. In the issue, you’ll find a 10-page “carte blanche” offered to Chimurenga entitled “Liberation Dance: When Tarzan Met the African Freedom Fighter,” a text and cartography of North African music labels in Paris by Hajer Ben Boubaker, two interviews of Rocé (“By the Wretched of the Earth”) and Elias & Yousef Anastas (Radio Alhara), four articles about Afro-Colombia sound systems (Edna Martinez), Indian classical music & casteism (Avdhesh Babaria), Pan-African rap in West Africa (Inem Richardson), and a critique of the political imperative in Levantine musical production (Maan Abu Taleb Ma3azef), as well as six short texts around one song from Romania (Ioanida Costache), Algeria (Lydia Haddag), Chile (Lissell Quiroz), the U.S. (Tao Leigh Goffe), Australia (Léuli Eshrāghi), and France (Léopold Lambert).

This issue’s “News from the Fronts” tackles the Chagossian struggle (Audrey Albert & Shane Ah-Siong), the fight by/for migrants and refugees in Naples (Movimento Migranti e Rifugiati Napoli), and the organizing work of Southern Solidarity between New Orleans and New York (Jasmine Araujo).

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