We’ve been huge fans of the ROOTS ROCK REBEL radio show (on CKUT in Montreal) for a long time now…just a fantastic mix of reggae, ska, punk, rocksteady, soul, hardcore and more and infused with healthy dose of left-radical politics.
DJ Aaron Maiden had this to say about ROOTS ROCK REBEL:
“Roots Rock Rebel is a show which wears its politics on its sleeve. We have a strong belief in radical, anti-authoritarian politics and lifestyle. This goes hand in hand with Roots Rock Rebel, in our opinion, because ska music was the music of Jamaica’s liberation, and the music of the shantytowns. At its core, it is a rebellious, working-class, people’s music. The 2-Tone movement brought an anti-racist consciousness into ska and punk, and as the Specials said, “if you have a racist friend, now is the time for your friendship to end.” So turn up your speakers, slap on your dancing boots, and fire yor boss! Because if I can’t fucking skank, it’s not my revolution.”
Well, Roots Rock Rebel is no more.
However, having said that, Aaron is hosting up a new show! This one is called THE REBEL BEAT…
Here’s the Press Release about the new show:
To all the Roots Rock Rebel listeners, fans, supporters,
To all the rude boys, rude girls, punks, mods, and rockers,
I have some bittersweet news. After broadcasting for 9 years, Roots Rock Rebel will be no more after January 2015. It has been an incredible passion and honour for me to serve the local and international ska, punk, and reggae scenes with this show, interviewing bands from around the world, and giving space to promote underground artists.
I am going to carry on doing a radio show and podcast every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT, but the show is getting a total overhaul. So I’m very excited to introduce to all of you – The Rebel Beat.
The Rebel Beat will launch with its first edition on February 4, 2015.
Roots Rock Rebel has always been about ska, reggae, punk, and class war on the dance floor. With The Rebel Beat, my plan is to put the emphasis on the latter, and showcase revolutionary political music across different genres, and across different continents.
We live in serious times. Militarized police states. Ecological devastation taking such a toll on our planet. Racism so crude that you’d think it was 1950, not 2015. But serious times call for serious action, and a serious soundtrack. That is where I hope The Rebel Beat will come in – a show to connect musicians and artists with global movements for revolutionary change. Indeed, class war on the dance floor.
What will you hear when you tune in? Less ska and reggae, more hip-hop against police brutality, riot folk, anarcho-punk, union picket line hymns, slam poetry, plus interviews with artists, agitators, revolutionaries, community organizers, and more.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has listened to the show over the years and supported us. People who have really come through and who should be named include: Val Desnoyers, Cath Marchand, Reggie McClean and the Fundamentals, Victor Rice (who composed our theme song!), Danny Rebel and the KGB, Kman and the 45s, Lorraine Muller, Matt, Mike, Lora, Alex, and everyone at Stomp Records, Rebel Time Records, Jay Nugent, Dave Hillyard, and the Slackers, The Hangers, and of course the whole Montreal Ska Festival crew.
Below you’ll find some more info on The Rebel Beat. I hope you keep tuning in every Wednesday night on CKUT, or keep downloading the podcast, because this new show promises to be amazing.
Link us up!
Until next week, stay rude, and stay rebel,
About the Rebel Beat
The Rebel Beat is a show of radical political music across different genres, and across different continents.
It is the mixtape to a riot against police brutality. It is your nightly newscast set to bass and beats. It is a rallying cry against apathy. It is protest anthems from Hong Kong to Istanbul to Ferguson to Montreal.
Tune in every Wednesday from 10pm-12am EST on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal, or stream or download the podcast at http://www.ckut.ca.
Curated and hosted by Aaron Maiden (formerly Roots Rock Rebel), and featuring regular collaborators and guest DJ’s.