"It aint the gangsta party, it’s
not the after-party, it’s the Black Panther party"
Black Panther Fugitives - "Partyline"
The Black Panther
Fugitives are an Oakland-based hip hop trio who wield
words and rhymes as weapons, and are representing the legacy
of the Black Panther Party. The group chose their name to
identify themselves, not with petty criminals, but with freedom
fighters who were deemed outlaws by their oppressors. From
Harriet Tubman to Malcolm X to Huey P. Newton, the group take
inspiration from their own history. Believing that hip hop
is borne of the centuries old tradition of the musical tapestry
woven by Africans seeking freedom in America, The Black Panther
Fugitives describe themselves as renegades escaping the thug
stereotypes now dominating hip hop culture. James Calhoun
(aka Jamiel Hassan, aka the ghettopoet & street soldier),Bones
(aka the lyrical sharpshooter aka the young firestarter of
the crew), and J.U.G. (aka the quiet storm aka the rock of
the crew) are manifesting old skool traditions mixed with
new skool dialect to form a powder keg that the "Rapolution"
Calhoun (aka Jamiel Hassan) was born into the Black Panther
Party, both his mother and father having been party members.
His father, Bill Calhoun was one of the members of The Lumpen,
a singing quartet that opened Panther rallies during the Party’s
heyday in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Later
he moved from Oakland to New York, where he was raised side
by side with his mother’s Panther comrade Afeni Shakur
and her son Tupac. His and Tupac’s common history as
Panther children led them down a shared path as artists, and
Jamiel programmed drums on several tracks on 2Pac’s
record "Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ". He has gone on to
perform and produce music for Queen Latifah, Public Enemy,
EPMD, Ice T and others.
Jamiel Hassan crossed paths with Dorion Hilliard
when Dorion’s father David (who was co-founder and original
Chief Of Staff of the Party), purchased a compilation of speeches
by Malcolm X that Jamiel had produced. David bought the speeches
at Marcus (the oldest black bookstore in America), which was
owned by Jamiel’s mother in law, and thus began Jamiel
and Dorion’s relationship . This would culminate in
Dorion coexecutive producing (with his father) the Fugitives
debut album "All Of Us". The record was the first
release on Black Panther Records, a label Dorion & David
Hilliard co-founded with Hassan. Dorion had been seeking a
way to make his own imprint on the American musical landscape
in the wake of the decades since the Party’s demise,
and the label provided him with the opportunity to do that.
The label, which is part rebuttal to the gangsta rap dominating
the hip hop scene and part educational forum, is bringing
the Panther legacy full circle to the hip hop generation.
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of our children have survived: wounded, perhaps, but standing.
This is their song, their new sound, the hard beat of the
history of our people, up from slavery, down from the hood.
In a time when voices raised against government polices
are deemed terrorist threats and voices of dissent are arrested,
this new sound represents an anthem of freedom"
– Elaine Brown, Former Member of
The Black Panther Party, Southern California Chapter
Hilliard was co-founder and chief of staff of the Black
Panther Party in the 60’s and 70’s. He is now
President of Black Panther Records and operates Black Panther
Tours (which he created), which visits historical landmarks
of the Panthers in and around Oakland. Mr. Hilliard also started
the Newton Foundation (named after Panther member Huey P.
Newton) in 1993 (with Newton’s widow Fredrika), whose
goal is to promote the legacy of the Panthers through publishing,
tours, lectures and other educational initiatives . He is
also the author (with Lewis Cole) of "This Side Of Glory:
The Autobiography of David Hilliard and The Story Of The Black
Panther Party". Under The Volcano is very honoured to
present David Hilliard as our keynote speaker.
DAVID HILLIARD WILL BE DOING A BOOK SIGNING
AT THE MERCHANDISE TENT AT 6:30PM.
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(aka Katattack3000, aka Arthur Pantzarelly) seamlessly combines
styles, genres and (most importantly) records, coming off
like a mad chef. While classically trained as a beat maker
and producer, highstrung decided to turn this prior training
on its head, and in 2000 he started rocking live shows with
just two turntables and a microphone (and a mixer). When not
on the wheels of steel, highstrung keeps it real with his
Partners, oiling the squeaky wheels at Camobear records (a
new-jack hip-hop label) that he helped start in vancity. His
live set will turn the party up well past eleven and keep
the peoples shaking longer then a Wrexx in Effexx after-party.
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are an-all-female bootstompin’, head-swayin’,
soul-stirrin’ traditional country and bluegrass quintet
(this isn’t that countrypolitian stuff you hear on commercial
radio, this is true old-time music with strong lineage). Each
of the members experienced diverse musical beginnings: from
growing up in the 60’s in the U.K., to the East-coast
influence of small-town Ontario to the Prairie roots of Saskatchewan,
Barleywik amalgamate these cultural and musical styles to
create a unique flavour. Their breath-taking four-part harmonies
flow seamlessly, adding depth to their reverently respectful
covers and to their original compositions. Tipping their hats
to artists such as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, these five women
play a wide range of instruments, (including washtub, mandolin,
accordion, banjo and knee saw), and weave intricate &
interesting tales like the best storytellers do!
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Sharifpour & Serwa Fiak
Sharifpour was born in Sanandaj, in the Kurdish region
of Iran. He grew up immersed in the traditional songs, dance,
stories and culture of the Kurds, and witnessed the spiritual
miracles of the Sufi dervishes. In his youth he participated
in public speaking competitions on the National level, and
then in his 201s studied at Punjab University in India. In
1987 he immigrated to Canada, where he established an art
business and continued his studies in hypnotherapy counselling.
Cyrous has played an active role in building multi-cultural
peace & unity, and always brings the best of his Kurdish
heritage to the West. He has helped
many immigrants with their settlement process and, and is
known for his generosity of spirit and compassionate counsel.
He performs Kurdish folk music across North America, expressing
his insights and love for all peoples.
developed a passion for singing that began in Grade 5. She
is from Halbaja, Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), a city infamous
for the 1988 massacre of 5,000 Kurds by Saddam Hussein. Serwa
immigrated to Canada in 1996, and since then she has dedicated
herself to performing to raise money to send to her Kurdish
community in Iraq. Before moving to Canada, she was part of
a group of eight people who stared an organization (Defense
Of Iraqi Women's Rights) that among other things, opened and
operated a women’s centre.
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Born in the East representing the West,
Brigee.K is a freestyle powerhouse
vocalist who decorates the mic with her soulful flows and
rhyming quickness. From Jungle to Hip Hop to Soul she presents
a natural fusion of many styles that captivates audiences
of all genres. Currently Brigee has been working on the production
side of her music while preparing for her up coming album
Brigee.K hummin and commin at ya
with DJ/ Co-Producer L- effect A.K.A Lisa Howell.
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Our MC this year is the inimitable Andy
Healey. Andy plays in one of the most politically -active
and community oriented bands in Vancouver, (the revered Submission
Hold who just celebrated their 10th anniversary with a show
on July 1st) and it’s well known in punk and anarchist
circles that his sardonic wit can add humour to politics.
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is an East van band that revolves around the lyrical beauty
and power-house voice of Lavera, one of the most under-rated
singers in our fair city. The musicians come from diverse
backgrounds, and therefore do not conform to typical structures
or constraints. Instead, they blaze their own sonic trail,
driven by Lavera’s vocal prowess, and a shared love
for all kinds of music.
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was born and raised in Winnipeg and Saskatoon , and is a member
of the Muskoday First Nation. Along with her crew, Innersoulflow,
she has dedicated six years to the art of hip hop and has
used her skills to give something back to her community. Her
first solo release, Soundsick?! includes a range of sounds
and styles along with a guest appearance by PSC.Luckyiam (of
The Living Legends). She is also featured as an emcee on many
other releases, including the recent full length by Innersoulflow.
She has lent her voice to countless live shows, including
the recent Red Wire Aboriginal Day show in Vancouver. Eekwol
also recently returned from a month long hip hop tour across
Canada with well-known artist Pigeon John, and MC Ndidi Cascade.
Eekwol’s goal is to bring to light an understanding
of Aboriginal culture through music from the heart. With her
captivating presence and lyrical strength, Eekwol moves the
crowd, and eliminates the boundaries that separate artist
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Unofficial Infernal Manifesto
Infernal Noise Brigade is a
marching drum battery and street performance group activated
by massive political and cultural uprisings. We are a tactical
mobile rhythmic unit consisting of a majorette, medic, tactical
advisers, rifle twirling contingent, flag corps, sound generating
kart, vocalists, horns, and between 8 and 12 percussionists.
It is our intention to be a soundtrack for insurrection. Rendering
ideology obsolete, we practice the politics of pleasure and
subversion on the streets. We are not interested in chanting
dogmatic slogans, nor is there a banner behind which we all
wish to march. We attempt, through our aesthetic sense and
our fierce commitment to the politics of joy and desire, to
create a space of carnival. A space where rules are broken
and anything is possible. Whether in the larger context of
an action, or in random appearances on the streets, the INB
interrupts the status quo, enlivening the everyday and fueling
it with infernal noise."
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"Mix up-front guitars and stout
drum/bass rhythm with Navajo lyrical refrain & you’ve
got the Navajo version of Rage Against The machine"
- Fallout Magazine
is a Dine’ (Navajo) power trio of 2 brothers and their
sister who have combined their traditional roots with a youthful,
raw energy to create a real "Alter-Native" sound.
The siblings were born into the heart of the political land
dispute on Black Mesa in Arizona, and this has meant their
biggest musical influences have been the ceremonies and powwows
they have grown up with. Blackfire’s songs warn of rage
against a world threatened by capitalist greed and environmental
degradation (a crisis the band feels is largely ignored by
society). They especially aspire to draw attention to the
unjust hardships suffered by Indigenous peoples, including
the Dine’ (Navajo) Nation. They communicate a drug &
alcohol free message, while also challenging their audience
to be critical thinkers.
In ’94, they recorded
their first CD, which was produced by CJ Ramone (yes, of the
Ramones), and then toured extensively through out America
& Europe. They followed this up with a full length, "One
Nation Under" , produced by Don Fleming (another punk
rock royalty, he’s produced Hole & Sonic Youth among
others), an album which serves as a wake-up call to America
and the world. "One Nation Under", which won the
2002 Native American Music Award for best Pop/Rock Album of
the year, fires off 15 songs of struggle, resistance and hope,
and this has brought acclaim from Argentina, Japan and Europe
(where they have toured 4 times, the most recent seeing them
play over 50 dates in 8 weeks).
"The only thing holding up a wall...
...are the people who won't tear it down"
(from the song "Fence")
The band has travelled all the way from Arizona
to take the mainstage today, and we welcome them.
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& Children of Takaya
Under The Volcano is proud of our long-standing
relationship with the people of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation,
on whose traditional territory our festival is held. Leonard
George & Children Of Takaya will provide us with
our Annual Welcoming.
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