Archive for October, 2013

Roma, Racism and Tabloid Policing

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Over the last week, two children were taken by the Gardai from their parents on grounds that they looked different to their parents. The popular media in this country was whipped into a frenzy of racism thanks to events recently reported in Greece. Dopes like TV3’s Paul Connolly were key to this process, and shame on the Gardai for actually snatching the kids from their families. It’s 2013. We live in a supposed democracy. The phrase ‘tabloid policing’ is unfortunately so appropriate in Ireland right now. I’m ashamed to live in a country where we treat people with different skin colours so suspiciously. How this particular story ended was that DNA tests were carried out. The kids were proven to be indeed related to their parents (shock horror) and the Gardai and supposed journalists of this country who behaved so disgracefully now have a serious bit of egg on their face.

Following on from this, one of my fellow Rabblers, Ronan Burtenshaw, interviewed Gary Younge from the Guardian, a journalist who covered the Roma community back in a 2003 Guardian article. A few quotes from Ronan’s interview with Gary:

It’s an excellent, horrific example of a group of people arbitrarily treated differently because of who they are. A textbook case of racism.

But it also shows the link between the popular and the state. This is tabloid journalism followed by tabloid policing.

You can read the full article here, and we’ll be featuring an interview with Gary Younge on his new book, The Speech: Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream in the next print edition of Rabble.

Attention Bebe and Booka Brass TONIGHT!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

There’s gonna be TEN brass players between Attention Bebe and Booka Brass tonight, get that into ye! There’ll also be an exhibition by Eoin Whelehan as part of Bodytonics Beatyard festival. Kickin off from 7pm in the Twisted Pepper tonight, woop! Poster hookup above by Gilly Gilly and myself.

For Aoibh

Monday, October 14th, 2013

For Aoibh

The Unseen

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Great project on the way from Gus Sutherland. It’s called ‘The Unseen’ a documentary on Detroit hip-hop producers. It features the likes of Dak, House Shoes, Slautah and loads more. Based on his previous documentary outing, ‘All Ears’, which focused on the LA beat scene (Ras G, Kutmah, FlyLo, etc.), this should be deadly (trailer below). Thing is, it ain’t finished yet, so in order for that to happen, we all got to chip in a little bit to help the project along (main cost would be flying a small crew to Detroit for filming). You can get behind the project here on Indiegogo, select an amount you want to donate, then POW! you will get to fund the film and DOUBLE POW! you will get a cool reward. It’s not like Fundit in the sense that it’s lall  or nothing, if the project doesn’t reach it’s total aim, they get to keep what has been raised and have to basically do what they can with it. So dig deep and help the heads in Detroit dig deeper, ye dig? (Ouch!)

Om Unit this Saturday!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013




This Saturday Om Unit will be playing in the Menagerie in Belfast alongside Boxcutter and my buddy Richie !Kaboogie. Fair play to the Rudimentary lads for this lineup, lookin forward to it like a bass clairvoyant.

It will sound somewhat like this:

Belfast: Culture Night an ting

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Was up in Belfast last weekend to paint as part of Culture Night 2013. Deadly to see so many of the crew, like KVLR, Friz and Danleo (to name but a few!). Caught the fundraiser gig for this project on the Saturday too, shouts to the Rudimentary lads for throwing a fine party. More on that project later, for now, eat these photos nomnomnomnom: