Like so many people these days, I’ve been following the unfolding disaster of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with fascinated dismay. So I thought to make my “Song of the Day” more topical by posting a song having to do with oil spills or the oil industry. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find a good song on oil… But Nigeria is a country that has long suffered from problems associated with the oil industry there – ranging from spills and environmental damage to political corruption to the assassination of political and environmental activists. Nigeria is also the source of Afrobeat music and one of my favorite musicians, Fela Kuti. And Fela has a song attacking the impact of foreign corporations, which I thought was appropriate. Given how BP is stealing the Gulf of Mexico from the future, despoiling it for generations, and trying to evade responsibility – financial and otherwise – they certainly qualify as an “International Thief Thief”
Fela Kuti, “I.T.T. (International Thief Thief)” [link fixed] (the song starts out quiet, so don’t be fooled into thinking there is a problem with the link) [download original album-length version in high-quality here]
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- Music is the weapon | la dous ki vyen
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