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.

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