Join us TONIGHT at 9PM EST for a new episode of the What If god Were One Of Us Show with your host Adeeb Shabazz as we air Part 3 and final part of our series on Consciousness, called “Conscious Is Not a Brand! We are dispelling the myths about the so-called “Conscious Community” and how one is considered “conscious” or not. Join us for this insightful episode that is sure to enlighten and inspire you.
By Adeeb Shabazz
I was asked by a few friends as a Metaphysician what the possible metaphysical meaning is of the latest video by Flaming Lips featuring Erykah Badu, which also features full nudity by her sister Nayrok Badu, who looks enough like her to be rightfully mistaken for Erykah. While I must say my first reaction was much like everyone elses: “Damn! What did I just watch?”, I had to meditate on this one especially because of the positive contributions Erykah Badu has made to Conscious Music. What I concluded that I saw was a nightmare.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was written in 1957 as a British folk love song but recorded and popularized by Roberta Flack in her 1972 cover version of the song. Its about two lovers and the first time they saw each other, the first time they kissed, the first time they made love, and how it was as if their joy would fill the earth and last until the end of time. For those who are not familiar, The Flaming Lips are an alternative rock band known for their mystical messages in many of their songs, and Erykah Badu is well known for her Africentricity and her metaphysical-like lyrics. I’m seeing this video as an artistic expression of how certain music artists fall in love with their craft as with a lover, in fact their soul-mate, and feels that the sun and the moon were handed to them and they had enough passion within them to fill the entire world with joy. Inevitably, the reality of the music industry hits them like a ton of bricks and they are forced to make some tough decisions regardless of the direction they seek: rise to stardom and stay there with the backing of the industry, or stay true to one’s self and risk being abandoned by the industry, struggling with almost non-existent cd sales. They all jump in this tub thinking they’ll cleanse themselves of the muck and mire of the industry but few if any escape its vices.
I see the nakedness of the music artist as how an artist bears their soul through their music. Sometimes an artist could not be more ‘naked’ to the world than when they bear their souls through the expression of song. I see the first substance of gold glitter being the beginning of the industry, where the artist is bathed in the gold of the lights, the camera and the fame, making them seem as an icon that is larger than life; yet as we know all that glitters is not gold. This phase of glittery gold is quickly washed away by the industry bathing one in the blood of those deceived along the way, which depending upon that artist’s choice is either the sacrifice of earning what you should or selling one’s soul and life’s blood to the industry, bathing in the blood of all the souls you take with you producing songs with hot beats and lyrics that lead listeners to mindless sexually and materially laced lyrics. It is not long after the selling of one’s life’s blood to the industry that an artist finds themselves in the clutches of these money-grubbing industry pimps, who are inseminating artists with their ideas and creating this sick hybrid music that uses the incredible talents of superstar artists to produce songs that dumb down the masses, thus the bathing in semen. The music artist has bared their soul, looking to be bathed in the glitter of fame, only to have sold their soul, bathed in the blood of those they were used to deceive, and then becomes nothing other than an industry whore. The love affair has turned into a nightmare, and that nightmare is portrayed in the video The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Flaming Lips featuring Erykah and Nayrok Badu.
As a full service royalty paying radio station owner and operator I and my staff do our best to play conscious music and support artists that play conscious music. If the only support these artists get is from the mainstream industry, conscious music will die out. There are few conscious artists and then there are more if you count those who dare to make conscious music amongst the mainstream music they put out. All of that is celebrated on FreedomPath Radio and we hope that those who care about conscious artistic expression will begin to and continue to support our efforts, thereby supporting the efforts of those who produce conscious music.
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Join us TONIGHT, Friday May 18th, 2012 as we host Jamaican Rastafarian Dub Poet Mutabaruka on the Conscious Music Movement Show here on FreedomPath Radio. Mutabaruka is coming to the states and will be appearing in Atlanta, GA Sunday, June 3rd at 7PM.
Mutabaruka (born Allan Hope, 26 December 1952, Rae Town, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican Rastafarian Dub Poet. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as “one who is always victorious”. He lives in Potosi District, St. James, with his partner and their two children.
Mutabaruka has established himself as both a literary and musical giant, both in Jamaica and abroad, and is arguably one of Jamaica’s most respected wordsmiths, dub poets and broadcaster. His poems have given voice to a nation and helped forge an entirely new genre of music, dub/rhythm poetry. Revolutionary, fiery, scathing, and stinging, Mutabaruka’s words are as potent on paper as on CD, and so the literary community needed to create a new term just for his works – Meta-Dub.
Mutabaruka’s first book, The First Poems, was launched in the 1980s and took off well. A sequel entitled The Next Poems was launched on 10 March 2005. The “double-barrelled” books are well known to the Jamaican community as well as other dub-poets. In the spring of 2007, Mutabaruka had the chance to teach African American studies at Merritt College. His time there further showed through in his poems.
He has cut singles with the late Dennis Brown and Luciano, hosts a hugely popular Jamaican radio show on the IRIE-FM station, and many of Mutabaruka’s songs recorded with other artists are brought together on the In Combination album (2006) which features songs with reggae greats such as Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, Sugar Minott, Marcia Griffiths, Tony Rebel and more. Mutabaruka is the Musical Director of Caribbean Fashion Week.
Mutaburka, the Actor, has been featured in movies; One Love (2004); Land of Look Behind (1982); and starred as Shango in the powerful film about Maafa – the African Holocaust, Sanfoka (1994).
On 20 February 2010, Muta was honored by the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) and the Rotaract Club of Mandeville for over 30 years of outstanding work in the field of the arts. Also, later on in 2010, Muta was recognized by Senegal. In all of Mutabaruka’s work, he never forgets to give back to the people who influence him. On 28 September 2010, Muta recited a tribute poem in honour of Lucky Dube, whose music liberated the oppressed. Recently, Muta spoke at the First Jamaica Poetry Festival on 17 August 2011 in honour of Marcus Garvey and Louise Bennett. Leaving a mark on people who oppose you is very hard to do. Mutabaruka does this with extraordinary power, poetry. On the final day of the Rastafari Studies Conference, Muta was examined as a Icon by the professors of the West Indies.
Join Adeeb Shabazz on the What If God Were One Of Us Show TONIGHT at 9PM EST onwww.FreedomPathRadio.com (www.freedompath.mobi on smartphones and tablets) as we continue our discussion from last week on Consciousness. Last week we discussed the difference between Conscious and Conscience, and this week we build upon methods discussed last week on how to achieve higher consciousness and how being in a certain group or joining a certain culture, religion or nation does not guarantee nor deny you access to consciousness.
Join us TONIGHT on www.FreedomPathRadio.com (www.freedompath.mobi on mobile devices) as we feature Conscious Hip Hop artist and Hip Hop Educator Yung D’Rok out of Los Angeles. Yung D’Rok burst on the scene around 2006 after meeting L.A. engineer Chris Warrior and started doing mixtapes that help him become a household name in the underground Hip Hop scene in L.A. Success came in greater measure when he released “Hip Hop World Wide” (2011) “Bringing In a New World” EP (2011) which was a sample of a future album he had coming out, including his recent Phenomenal release “Love&Pain” Mixtape (2011), and One Album “HIP HOP FOREVER” (2010).
D ROK Continues to grow and carry out the recent given title “The Conscious Lyricist”. “I decided to go with the conscious style after I began to read on Hip Hop History, and listening to KRS ONE Lectures, then later finding my way in 2009 in The Islam religion” says D’ROK. Since being active on the conscious Hip Hop Scene D’ROK has been able to release songs that speak on “the effect
of drug-abuse and gang violence in the lives of the youth in his community, and even his personal experiences in South Central, Los Angeles. His efforts to speak up on the reality of the living conditions in his neighborhood, eventually got him on a record with Los Angeles
Lakers Forward “Ron Artest” on a song titled “Too Fly’.
Join your FreedomPath Forum host Adeeb along with in-house guests Saylove (J. Amaru) and newly appointed FreedomPath Radio Operations Manager Keyora Williams here on FreedomPath Radio as we discuss the issue of voting among those who consider themselves conscious. Contradiction, Duty or Option? With the latest issue of SOPA/PIPA threatening internet freedom this is a must-address topic.
To all of our supporters over the years, we thank you immensely from the bottom of our heart and the depths of our mind. Since 2006 we’ve done our best to keep FreedomPath Radio’s content fresh, new and enlightening to the consciousness, featuring the best in Conscious Hip Hop & Neo Soul and the best interviews with metaphysical speakers and conscious music artists from all over, all free of charge to our audience. After a brief break to make several improvements we are back on the air with regular talk radio broadcasts and music, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Join us TONIGHT at 9PM Eastern Standard Time here on www.FreedomPathRadio.com as we introduce new FreedomPath Radio collaborator SayLove as radio co-host as she interviews Stic.Man of Dead Prez in an exclusive FreedomPath Radio/SayLove Music interview for the Conscious Music Movement Show. Join us as we speak to Stic about new projects, the movement, spiritual development, and issues of race, class and economy.
Of course as always, we’ll feature the best in Conscious Music, featuring artists such as Dead Prez, Stic.Man, SayLove, Kil Ripkin, Knowa, Sa Roc and others.