Thursday, 30 August 2012

This week's show has a lengthy extract from Tony Benn's diaries - Years of Hope, starting in the late 1950s and going into the early sixties. He even speaks of the days when Enoch Powell seems to have been vaguely human.....
2 September is the 84th birthday of pianist Horace Silver.... on his song To Whom it May Concern, we hear Adrian Mitchell's poem of the same name.

 The show goes out on Catalyst Radio on Saturday 1 September at 5pm BST

Here are some links to documentary films mentioned:

What in the World are they Spraying?

American Holocaust of Native American Indians

Russell Means - Welcome to the Reservation


Films for Action

Friday, 17 August 2012

Black August

This week's programme speaks of Jonathan and George Jackson, Huey P Newton and Kerwin Lucas (Duinmeijer) who all died in August.... and Marcus Garvey who was born on August 17th.

There's poetry from the Last Poets, Wanda Coleman, Mutabaruka and music from Serious Bizniss, Elaine Brown, Primal Scream and Richie Havens.

We finally got the turntable up and running, so there's some nice scratchy vinyl going on - not because I'm scratching or itching, but because these old albums have knocked about for a long time.

After it goes out on Catalyst Radio at 5pm on Saturday 18th, it will be posted on podomatic

For more about Kerwin see  the story is there in English as well as Dutch. He was only 15 when he was stabbed by a racist skinhead who had '100% white' tatooed on his arm. In spite of the fact that the killer also called him a 'dirty n*****' and told him he had no right to walk on the streets of Amsterdam, he claimed that the killing was not a racist act.....
A poem was written to commemorate his death and is now translated in 63 languages. We're still looking for Irish and Scots Gaelic and a bunch more.... get in touch if you want to know if your language is available. The original English poem is on the website.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

June in July

Celestial Navigation on Catalyst Radio - broadcast date 14 July 2012

This was the 50th edition of Celestial Navigation, first broadcast a year ago. It includes an interview with Jodie McIntyre, made by Rob Davies. Poetry by Cecil Rajendra, Suheir Hammad, June Jordan, Benjamin Zephaniah and Lynton Kwesi Johnson.  Speaking of Palestine, of breast cancer, of heavy-handed police, of John Coltrane and Billie Holiday...  with a sprinkling of Noam Chomsky for good measure

Saturday, 30 June 2012

COINTELPRO, George Jackson and other stories

Oh... I just heard myself say I'd post more links about George Jackson, the Black Panther Party and heaven knows what else....
This particular programme was first broadcast in August 2011 - I put it up now because I didn't want to leave it too long before playing part Two of COINTELPRO 101.

I also think it's about time to play the programme that was made for the birthday of Angela Davis.... let's do that next week.

Here are some links:

Black Panther Party



George Jackson
Soledad Brother

Of course there's also lots more material to be found on YouTube if you look.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Huey P - belated HapPy birthday

Today's show is the Happy Birthday Huey episode, first broadcast on February 17... the show which somehow broke some ole camel's back.... Didn't I tell you to stop smoking those things?

Saturday, 2 June 2012

In memory of... Gil Scott Heron, Curtis Mayfield, Allen Ginsberg

Today's show includes some exclusive interviews made with Gil Scott-Heron, Curtis Mayfield and Allen Ginsberg by Maurice Di of A Love Supreme Broadcasts, Amsterdam.
Di made radio with a number of stations in Amsterdam between 1985 and 1997.

Gil Scott-Heron died on May 27, 2011; Curtis Mayfield and Allen Ginsberg were born on June 3, Curtis in 1942 and Ginsberg in 1926 - plenty of reasons to hear from all of them in a couple of hours.

In the next couple of shows you'll finally hear COINTELPRO 101 part 2 and the programmes we made earlier this year for the birthdays of Angela Davis and Huey P Newton.

You can't say we don't bring you some great treats.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Celestial Navigation Rides Again

After a somewhat precipitate removal from our spot on local radio, we have had a few weeks to lick the wounds and are now ready to clamber back behind the mic.

We're really happy to become part of the Catalyst Radio network and hope to build an audience that is not offended by hearing some Black history when it's not October.... Well, without putting anyone down, I think our mix of truth and healthy criticism was a little too much for some people. As for balance - how do you balance the history of the Black Panther Party - with a diatribe from J Edgar Hoover? By that token we should have put Hitler's point of view as balance in a programme we once made on the Holocaust...

Tra la la and so it goes.... Starting on May 12 you can tune on on Saturdays from 5pm for a couple of hours on Catalyst Radio. We will start with a few programmes from the archive, swiftly followed by spanking new programmes from our very own studio.

In the near future we may also resurrect some of the shows made in the 80s and 90's by poet, painter  and activist Maurice Di for A Love Supreme Broadcasts on Radio 100 in Amsterdam.... so keep listening, we have a treasure trove of interviews and poetry.... to drop just a few names, think the Last Poets, Chuck D, Curtis Mayfield, Gil Scott-Heron, Jessica Care Moore, Sharrif Simmons, Mother's Finest ..... I think I have your attention....

I hope you are pleased - we are!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Happy Birthday Huey P

Today is the birthday of Huey P Newton who, together with Bobby Seale, founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, California in 1966.

Today's show is crammed full with historical documents of Huey and others involved with the BPP at that time. On September 8 1968, FBI Director J Edgar Hoover announced that the BPP was 'the greatest threat to the internal security of the country'.....

Many Panthers were killed by the police and FBI - not least Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, John Huggins and Bunchy Carter - some went into exile in Algeria and other places, and many were sent to jail - where some are still languishing all these years later. - Sounds familiar?

Last week we spoke about the King Alfred Plan dreamed up by John A Williams in  The Man Who Cried I Am... all the while, the Counter-Intelligence Programme (COINTELPRO) was working on something very similar - dubbed the Garden Plot Plan...