A Banned Books Week 2019 Playlist
Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) contributes to PEN America's Banned Books Week with a curated playlist of banned songs.
Some artists in this playlist became the voices of revolution; some now live in exile; some currently sit in prison; some were censored out of fear that their songs would incite race riots; and still others were assassinated by authoritarian regimes. Music has the power to unite people and move them to action, and this makes it dangerous to those in power.
- “Djin” - Mashrou’ Leila
- “Lettre au president” - General Valsero
- “Y Mi Negro Esta Cansao” - Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera
- "Trại phục hồi nhân phẩm (Re-Education Camp)” - Mai Khôi
- "我愛台妹" - MC HotDog
- “Je t’aime moi non plus” - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
- “Police State” - Pussy Riot
- “Rumble” - Link Wray
- “Strange Fruit” - Billie Holiday
- “Kobani” - Ferhat Tunç
- “God Save the Queen” - Sex Pistols
- “Gracias a la vida” - Violeta Parra
- “Çav Bella” - Grup Yorum
- “Plegaria a un Labrador” - Victor Jara
- “Zolf” - Mohsen Namjoo
- "Fuck tha Police” - NWA
- “Смерти больше нет” - IC3PEAK
- “8 April” - Ramy Essam
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