Music is the language of the soul. We may belong to different races and follow a different school of thoughts, but we still dance to the same beat.
The world around us has turned into a war zone. ‘Hate speech’ is starting to prevail under the shelter of ‘freedom of speech’. Fights, feuds, conflicts, diplomacy, politics, corruption, yellow journalism, paparazzi, it’s just another way to complicate the simple minded and leave us blinded with propagandas, and to create a universal mindset that best serves some people’s evil agendas to profit through wars.
While most people have given up sanity and chosen violence & hate, there a few citizens of the world that chose peace over violence and fighting for freedom through melodies.
Meri Awaz Suno… Mujhe Azaad Kero
Ali Saif Uddin; a young Kashmiri rock musician has set himself on a course to liberate Kashmiris though his revolutionary lyrics and compositions, and Moazzam; a local rap artist who is rapping his way out of war and raising his voice for freedom.
“Conflict is the perfect place for art to thrive. Art for the sake of art is one thing, art for personal healing, is something else. You know we Kashmiris have that kind of art here.”, Ali Saif Uddin quotes.
In the video, you’d hear Moazzam chanting some rap lyrics. That’s how they go:
“Multiple gunshots fill the block, the fun stops
Niggaz is callin cops, people shot, nobody stop
I wonder when the world stopped caring last night
Two kids shot while the whole block staring
I will never understand this society…”
These lyrics are from the revolutionary rap song ‘Starin’ through my rear view’ from Tupac Shakur released back in 1997. A rap that literally liberated the Africans Americans of that time and helped unveil the ongoing ordeal of racism and oppression against them.
“I want to talk about government, I want to talk about operations, I want to talk about people who are subjugated.”, Moazzam quotes.
Over the course of history, it is artists that have been the voices for things like humanity, justice, and peace. Be it John Lennon, or Tupac Shakur, or Jimi Hendrix; all had their unique way to promote peace through music.
Despite so many attempts for a peaceful resolution, Kashmir still stays under Indian occupation. We have been fighting over Kashmir for decades and the result has been nothing but a massacre of innocent Kashmiris. This may not be digestible for most, but Kashmir belongs to neither Indians nor Pakistanis. It belongs to Kashmiris who live there. It’s heaven on earth and it’s had its fair share of war and violence. Peace has been long overdue for our brother Kashmiris.
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