Music Love Army to issue protest remixes
The N.C. Music Love Army will release the first of several planned remixes of their recording “We Are Not for Sale: Songs of Protest,” produced last year in response to General Assembly policies related to voting rights, teacher pay and other issues.
The new recording, titled “The Remix Army: Volume 1,” will be released June 23. The new recording has four remixes of songwriter and Carolina Chocolate Drops member Rhiannon Giddens’ a cappella tune “We Rise.” The N.C. Love Army asked for remixes of Giddens’ song, and four of those arrangements (in addition to Giddens’ original) are included on the new disc. Artists who remixed Giddens’ song are Raleigh multi-instrumentalist and disc jockey DJ FM, Raleigh band Righteous Fool, electronic music group Christian Desnoyers of Belgium, and Spazm of England.
Composer Alex Kotch of Durham, whose music includes his electro-acoustic dance piece “Alleys of Your Mind,” approached the musicians of the Love Army about remixing the tunes using more dance-oriented rhythms and other effects. Christian Desnoyers and DJ FM transform Giddens’ song into percussive dance tunes, whereas Righteous Fool adds Jimi Hendrix-style guitar lines to her vocals. Spazm’s remix uses echo, giving the song a haunting effect. Giddens is accompanied on vocals by Pura Fé Crescioni and Charly Lowry.
More remixes are in the works, according to the Music Love Army’s website. Organizers are seeking remixes to “My Body Politic,” written by violinist and songwriter Caitlin Cary and poet-songwriter Shirlette Ammons.
Members of the Music Love Army performed some new protest songs, as well as songs from “We Are Not for Sale,” at Monday’s Moral Monday event, and will perform again during the June 23 rally.
Cary and musician Jon Lindsay co-founded the N.C. Music Love Army to express solidarity with the Moral Monday movement, which protested the legislature’s policies on public education, “fracking,” Medicaid expansion and other issues. Cary and Lindsay heard musician Django Haskins’ song “We Are Not for Sale” and corralled a group of North Carolina musicians to write and produce a collection of protest songs. Many of the musicians had already attended or performed at several Moral Monday protests. The musicians performed an open rehearsal last summer at The Pinhook in Durham, then recorded the 10-song collection in Raleigh. The album was released in November.
Among the other artists who contributed to the original recording were Lynn Blakey (“Army of Love”), Billy Sugarfix (“Abraham Lincoln in His Grave”) and Laurelyn Dosset (“My Beloved Enemy”).
Proceeds from the original album and from live performances went to Progress North Carolina and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.
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For information about this release, visit ncmusiclovearmy.org