ATENCO is a classic indigenous land rights struggle: the Mexican government wants to build an airport and eject the people who live there, the people fight back and win. Although, the government tries again, this time with more soldiers and more brute force: killing, raping and imprisoning the “insurgents.” A 14 year old boy is shot and 12 people are imprisoned; some given extremely harsh prison sentences of 100 years.
The media coverage out of Mexico regarding it is massively biased, siding with the governments’ view. You can watch an excellent documentary on Atenco “Breaking the Siege” on YouTube
In Mexico there is a very powerful and inspiring grass roots campaign against these injustices, the main organisations are Libertad Y Justica para Atenco and the People’s Front for the Defense of the Land (FPDT). Both are affiliated to the EZLN’s “Other Campaign” which aims to unite all autonomous resistance in the country
Asian Dub Foundation played some concerts in Mexico last year. To the press and from the stage, ADF spoke out about Atenco. After one of their shows they were honored to find a delegation from the peoples front for the defense of the land waiting for them, including a woman whose husband was one of the 12 political prisoners. The delegation thanked ADF for being outspoken about their plight and made a special presentation to them of their neckscarves. The scarves had a picture of Zapata and emblazoned with their slogan saying their land is not for sale. They also gave ADF with an audio recording of a very powerful speech about Atenco. This speech became the catalyst and backbone of the track “This Land Is Not For Sale”.
For some time, IR had been aware of the siege of Atenco and had been following the news through its direct and underground channels. When Asian Dub Foundation contacted us about working on a collaboration around this issue, it made perfect sense to us. Land rights are the center of many indigenous struggles and IR has done tracks & grafitti projects related to this matter. With tracks on recent IR releases, we have hoped to illuminate the independence movement in West Papua, the The Free West Papua Movement (OPM), the struglge of the Krikati people of Brasil, and the Minga Indigenia of Colombia. This new collaboration was created through the internet with musical mixes, speech fragments, and ideas flying back and forward in the digital domain. IR’s network of dubversive members working in shadows across the Americas from Peru to Colombia,ÃŠmade their contributions by editing, transcribing, translating and recordings. These were relayed via the net to ADF in the UK. Special shoutouts to alexadub, dubitista,manueladub, the ghost ,sistah dub, gabriella dub, and dubdem from the (IR) crew and chandrasonic, sun j, bobby dubman from (ADF) All this work culminated with the track being mixed in Jamaica by IR and engineer Lynford “Fatta” Marshall. “Fatta” grew up watching and learning from King Tubby, which you can can hear in his glorious mix magic to the dub. Fatta, himself, has mixed everyone from Sizzla, Dennis Brown and Black Uhuru to luciano, beres hannond and marcia grifiths,.you can watch him in action on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMiUMQsSQ1s
on this dubcast you can hear the tracks created and learn more about atenco and at the same time saour some serious dubwise and dubversive music.
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dj kentaro-tuff cuts-bezjam remix
the pop group -blood money
eyes-on u sound
no means no-tired of waiting
queen ifrica-what is life
ADF/IR -the land is not for sale (full vocal mix)
indigenous resistance -minga indigenia
sizzla-babylon ease off
missing brasilians-ace of wands-on u sound label
creation rebel-space movement 7
natty congo- righteous sound dub
IR/ADF -ready for teargas instrumental land is not for sale
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