Par les damne-e-s de la terre: Des voix de luttes 1969-1988


Restocked; double LP version, includes 36 page booklet. After several years of research and constant enquiries, renowned French rapper Rocé is glad to (finally) present Par les damne-e-s de la terre: Des voix de luttes 1969-1988, a unique compilation memorializing political songs in French. 24 tracks with varied claims and multiple backgrounds brought (back) to the public, the music is presented along with exclusive notes from the historians Naïma Yahi and Amzat Boukari-Yabara, presenting each song's historical situation.

Rocé on the project's story: "I'm part of the generation that saw the rise of French rap, and along with it, a real craze for this music created by the children of second and third-generation immigrants. But I wanted to go beyond rap, to dig deeper into Francophone artists who convey a message of poetic urgency, of sensitive poetry on the edge, committed to a cause despite itself, because their environment gives them no choice. In the shadow of high-profile singer-songwriters are women and men who became artists just for the time it took to release a single record. These rhythms and lyrics are wrapped in their own tough and sincere kind of blues. The French language unites regions of the world that bear common burdens; geopolitics and emotions are intermixed. Many artists present in this collection didn't have the good fortune of finding a receptive audience at the time; I think that current issues around migration and identity will give special resonance to these words and this music. This project, which is both musical and heritage-related, meets a specific need: bringing forth (and back) these voices for new generations living in France who lack identification with something. This record is thus a declaration, a piece of memory to show us that the window of possibilities was open for a short time, before being closed up again, plunging us into individualism, a short-term outlook, and a lack of projects to improve society."

Features: Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Joby Bernabé, Lena Lesca, Alfred Panou & Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Léon Gontran Damas, Slimane Azem & Cheikh Nourredine, Manno Charlemagne, Guy Cornely, Groupement Culturel Renault, Colette Magny, Salah Sadaoui, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Les Colombes De La Révolution, Hô Chi Minh, Peloquin / Sauvageau, Francis Bebey, Pierre Akendengue, Eugêne Mona, Dane Belany, Troupe El Assifa, Dansons Avec Les Travailleurs Immigrés, and Abdoulaye Cissé.