Thursday, July 12, 2018
NPR reports on protest music responding the Trump administration's immigration policies. Nothing struck a public nerve in the United States like the news that children were being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration earlier this year.
Social media and opinion polls condemned the policy. Hundreds of protests took place around the country. And politically engaged musicians spoke out.
Ultimately, the Trump administration changed the policy.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Young talented composers and musicians from Afghanistan, Turkey, the United States, Austria, and Japan are pictured with International Organization for Migration Regional Director Argentina Szabados and Bärli Nugent, Assistant Dean and Director of Chamber Music of the Juilliard School. Photo: Lanna Walsh / International Organization for Migration
The “Voices of Migration” concert, the first ever musical event of its kind to be held at the United Nations, took place in the Rotunda of United Nations Vienna International Center yesterday, showcasing the richness of culture and art that migration brings. Co-hosted by the International Organization for Migration, the UN Migration Agency, and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS), the historic concert featured powerful performances, including two world premieres by migrant composers from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, performed by a diverse group of world-class musicians.
The stunning programme was curated by Bärli Nugent, a renowned concert flautist and Assistant Dean and Director of Chamber Music of the Juilliard School in New York City. The event drew a high-level audience of over 150 diplomats, UN officials, classical music aficionados, and members of academia. Highly acclaimed Vienna musicians included Sophia Hahn of the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra, violinist Sylvia Kimiko Krutz, soprano Jerilyn Jiuan-Ru Chou, and pianist Aki Maeda.
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For non-Spanish-speaking immprofs, the song begins with: "If immigration comes to arrest you, keep calm. You have the right to remain silent... [and] ask for an attorney.”
The 20 second ditty was created by Unite Here Local 1. Their goal: to educate immigrants about their rights during an arrest. As Maya Miller reports for WTTW (Chicago), "It was made with the intent to be catchy so the lyrics would be easy to recall in stressful or nerve-racking situations."
The union hopes that immigrants and citizens alike will download the ringtone in an effort to educate as many as possible about their rights.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
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Saturday, December 2, 2017
On December 3, 2017, the Kennedy Center will hold its 40th annual national celebration of the arts – The Kennedy Center Honors. The 2017 recipients include singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, whose family brought her to the United States from Cub when she was a young child.
As Karen Heller for the Washington Post writes in a profile on Estefan:
"Estefan stayed in the United States and went on to sell 100 million albums and amass seven Grammys. Her band, the Miami Sound Machine, became the exporter of a propulsive Cuban-infused rhythmic pop, a 1980s hit factory, many of the songs co-written by Estefan: “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” and “Conga.” She became a titan of Latin music, a godmother to younger performers, an emissary of the Cuban American dream, beloved.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
"Among the songs produced during those early September sessions was "The Tide Is High," originally written by Jamaican legend John Holt and recorded by his rock-steady trio The Paragons in 1966. Blondie's version replicates the original's classic Caribbean reggae strut — a sound that had vibrantly left its mark on the sound of new wave and punk scenes in New York and London — but then throws in a Latin American curve ball. They nudge it closer to nearby Mexico and Cuba: The melody is played by trumpets and violins in the style of modern Mexican mariachi and the percussion section surrounds a steel drum with congas and timbales typically found on rumbas and mambos. It wasn't just the city's sunshine mythology and seismic doom that had made their way into the new album. It was the city's position as a key geographic and cultural hub within greater Latin America, the city's history as a mecca of Mexican music and as a laboratory for experiments in Afro-Cuban dance music in East Los Angeles pasta restaurants, downtown ballrooms, Sunset Strip supper clubs and Hollywood soundstages. The city had indeed rubbed off."
Sunday, November 12, 2017
I can't imagine a more rousing way to kick off or end the semester of immigration law than with Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song.
The song is put to excellent use in Thor: Ragnarok. That means this will be a song that your students will actually know, even if they had no clue of its immigration tie!
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Born in Russia, Regina Spektor is an indie-pop singer-songwriter and pianist whose song “You’ve Got Time” is the theme for the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” Her most recent album is “Remember Us to Life” (Sire). She currently is on a solo U.S. tour.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Colorlines presents "Ruby Ibarra, an MC Turning Immigration Trauma Into Adventurous Rap." The Filipina-American rapper digs deep into her experiences as a young immigrant on “Circa91,” her debut album.
Ibarra was born in the Philippines. As a child living in Tacloban, she was inspired by a television performance by Filipino rapper Francis Magalona. Her family immigrated to San Lorenzo, California and she was raised in the Bay Area. She attended the University of California, Davis.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Here's a song for you history buffs: Mail Order Bride. It's by Elisa Korenne, a Minnesotan singer-songwriter. And it's about a real woman named of Rachel Calof. Born in Russia, Rachel came to the US as a mail order bride, landing, of all places, in North Dakota. "Hard land for a new life," as Elisa croons.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
IOM, The UN Migration Agency has released the documentary, The Fable of the Lion and the Coyote, directed by Costa Rican filmmaker and producer, Miguel Gómez.
The film, divided into five chapters, tells the story of Talawa, a reggae band formed by Alonso Rojas, Gerardo Quirós, Bryan Chavarría, Francisco Barboza and Andrés Solano. The documentary is inspired by the life-threatening journey of the band and their sound engineer Juan Carlos Briceño, through Central America to the United States, without American visas, and motivated by the false expectations of a tour contract.
The documentary exhibits the risks that the group’s members faced during their two-week journey, from malnutrition to the theft of their musical instruments and death threats from a migrant smuggler. Additionally, the members describe how they almost lost their lives while trying to cross the Rio Grande River that divides Mexico and the US.
The reggae band Talawa was formed in 2006, and it released three records in ten years. This is the second part of a documentary that follows the band and their sound engineer during a journey across Central America and the United States motivated by the false expectations of a tour contract.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The reggae band Talawa was formed in 2006, and it released 3 records in ten years. The documentary follows the band and their sound engineer during a journey in Central America and the United States motivated by the false expectations of a tour contract. The video is by the International Organization for Migration.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Cheech and Chong's Born in East LA is the citizenship song you need this semester. You get the beauty of Bruce Springsteen's original song (Born in the USA) without the Vietnam War commentary. You students will love lyrics like these:
Oh yeah, you were born in East L.A
Let's see your green card
Huh? green card?
I'm from East L.A