Saturday, April 3, 2010

The music of "struggle" resounds

The music of "struggle" resounds
(reflections regarding Radio Bandiera Nera, the apathetics, the skeptics, and worse...)

Last time, while listening to Radio Bandiera Nera (a radio station full of techno, disco-like music, but affiliated with the right wingers, aka Fascists in Europe), I was thinking most of the time about the events happened in this rotten society, especially in regards to the plight of the working class and the peasantry, including the students in public and private universities fighting against tuition fee increases.

Due to the fact that living in this rotten society lies a realistic response of calling for change, I notice that most people around, passing every generation, remained skeptical or apathetic towards that convincing message. And for sure some may ought to say "why change?", "Are you not contented?", "Change starts from us!" or worse... "Change? I don't care about it!"

But then,
As they faced themselves on the boob tube, they started to make fun at the people, cursing creating crass statements contrary to the statements being said by the ones given a microphone and said "we do this and that..." How come these people, apathetic in nature started to spark opposition and yet they do nothing at all? Perhaps due to the "joys" of staying at home, going to work and school, having a good grade or better salary, eating fine food and drink, they forgot society at all-and yet they speak of crass statements against the ones in the boob tube? Eeriesistible!

And as I continue listening to that fascist RBN while reading Mao and writing this work, I notice that of all the songs Radio Bandiera Nera played includes the song "Friday I'm in love" by the Cure, and I confessed that it sounds questionable. Well... how come they played one of my favorite songs? Perhaps aside from their fascist themed music like those of Skrewdriver also includes some techno, some party sound that to the listener, not noticing that the radio station has connections with right wing fascist groups mainly in Europe like Italy.

And secondly,
How come Radio Bandiera Nera wanted change whilst some listeners are traditionalists? Due to their tag-line of Liberi, Belli, Ribelli" (Free, beautiful, rebellious.) How come some listeners insist in traditionalism? Are they rebellious just to restore the old order of things? I have listened to some sort of music from both left and right but they called for rebellion, for liberation, but then as they listened to the music of struggle they (the right wing) are doing the contrary. Save for the party music and of the ones I got interested, the rest end up too questionable or rather say opposing to say, but at least better than mainstream rap and other crass music being played in the radio, but RBI increasingly becomes crassy-for the proof lies in the majority of the listeners.

And lastly,
As I listened to the music played in RBI, devoid of their message of "white power", "anti-socialism", somehow it also mirrors the fact that the system rotten and its people desired a need for change. Whether it is "the Cure" or any other kind, even Musikangbayan and the ones who sung "Awit ng Rebolusyonaryo" (Song of the Revolutionary), they wanted change in all sorts-including love and relationships-better than the Manny Villar Jingle featuring the kids from Tondo Manila being played in the boob tube or in the radio.

I hope someday there will be Radio Estrella Roja and any other alternate radios in the internet to counter Radio Baniera Nera and other right-wing radio stations online. At first, We need a fusion of disco music, futurism, techno and people's struggle like those of Flattbush, Eskapo, Antigo, Musikangbayan, Peoples Chorale and others whose objective is to resist the flow. Otherwise, we'll end up as carcasses of the state-sponsored violence or slaves of the rotten system that fosters apathy.