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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln teaches us a musical lesson on decolonization.

Catalina Maria Johnson

“Tell me why you think the red man is dead/With a fake headdress on your head/Tell me what you know about thousands of nations displaced and confined to concentration camps called reservations/We died for the birth of your nation”
Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln’s teaches us a musical lesson on decolonization, rapping over a Disney’s Peter Pan tune that most of us know by heart (a seemingly innocuous children’s ditty that keeps alive in us a poisonous mindset we hardly acknowledge). Waln’s rage is righteous, and his call to clearer awareness much needed. Just listen. 
— Catalina Maria Johnsonradio host/producer, music journalist,Beat Latino, Chicago on “What Makes the Red Man Red” 
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