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Songs of protests – Follow the Rabbit Orchestra

At this year’s East of Culture – Different Sounds, which is taking place in the year of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, we are presenting a special project consisting of protest songs characteristic for various eras and moments in the history of the world

If we examine rebellion in song or sound then, anthropologically speaking, protest songs have been present in global music since time immemorial. In more contemporary understanding, closer to the way we think about them today, they emerged in the 1950s thanks to such singers as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger or Malvina Reynolds. A moment later, their immediate inheritor – Bob Dylan became the main voice of his rebellious generation. The hippies in the 1960s and 70s had their own protest songs, a decade later punks and then hip-hop and hardcore subcultures. Famous protest songs are found in reggae largely thanks to Marley’s cult songs. The same goes for rock and new wave, or even electronic music and jazz, which might not have had lyrics but music itself (for instance free jazz) was rebellious and subversive; it broke fossilized structures.

At the concert “Songs of Protest”, together with all artists invited to the project, we will try to frame this broad topic and answer the question that has been preoccupying the music world for the past several years – what has happened to contemporary protest songs and do contemporary artists still rebel? If so, what do they rebel against, what language do they use and how do their content and message reach the listeners?

This project will be taken on by Follow the Rabbit Orchestra formed especially for Different Sounds. The orchestra is led by Ola Rzepka (Drekoty) and consists of musicians from such bands as 100nka, Graal and features Gaba Kulka, Natalia Pikuła and Marsija Loco.