alma cogan

Member Since: 10/5/2005
Total Mixes: 23
Total Feedback: 290

Other Mixes By alma cogan

CD | Singer/Songwriter
CD | Theme
CD | Mixed Genre
CD | Experimental
CD | Blues

La Haine

Artist Song
The Wailers  Burnin' And Lootin' 
Linton Kwesi Johnson  Di Great Insohreckshan  
M.I.A.  Pull Up The People  
Daara J  Paris Dakar 
Afrodiziac  Trouve Moi Un Job 
Public Enemy  Show 'Em What You Got 
Tricky  Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos 
Chairman Of The Board  Skin I'm In 
Arsenik & RZA  Shaolin 6eme Chaudron 
Damian Marley  Welcome To Jamrock 
Willie Williams  Armagideon Time  
The Clash  Justice Tonight/Kick It Over 
John Holt  Police In Helicopter  
Wailing Souls  Bredda TGravilicious 
Tony Allen  Road Close 
Fela Kuti  Shuffering And Shmiling 
Alliance Ethnik  Respect 
Rachid Taha  H'Asbu-Hum  
Youssou N'Dour  Immigres Bitim Rew 
Nina Simone  I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free  


Whilst I am unwilling to glamourise the rioting and chaos that currently reign on the streets of France, I feel it is a subject as worthy of our attention as another self-absorbed portrait of doomed romance or collection of songs about geese.

Two weeks ago the French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited one of the suburban ghettos of Paris and was surprised to receive a feisty welcome of bottles and stones. He should know that if people are economically and socially excluded, eventually they will fight back. Instead he dismissed the youths as 'gangrene' and 'scum', implicitly condoning French society's continued rejection of the African and Arab underclasses, and the French police's ruthless brutality towards them.

The next day two black teenagers died after a police chase in Paris and the streets have burned every night since in Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, even Strasbourg. Last night in Paris alone 1400 cars were set alight. Pirate radio stations were apparently continuing to broadcast from the tower blocks and here's some songs that they may or may not have been playing.

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Date: 11/7/2005
nice mix, alma. very nice. perhaps these riots will open eyes and ears to the inequality of the African & Arab immigrants. sadly, in the eyes of many, the riots may serve to justify past and future police brutality and discrimination by the ruling classes.
Date: 11/7/2005
Excellent. Love the PE -> Tricky and Rachid Taha through Nina Simone bits.
Date: 11/7/2005
Nice mix.
The Nightcrawler
Date: 11/8/2005
If they weren't playing these songs, they should've been. Nice mix.
Date: 11/8/2005
Outstanding! There isn't enough Linton Kwesi 'round here; that PE -> Tricky is indeed worthy of love...
Rob Conroy
Date: 11/8/2005
This is frickin' gorgeous. Let me know if you'd like to trade.
Date: 11/16/2005
Hey, just come across this one. Looks fantastic and, as a French student (i.e. of French rather than being French...) I feel quite ashamed that I don't know everything on here. That said, what I do know, I like very much indeed, especially the last 2 tracks, and the Clash pick.
Date: 4/6/2006
Wow. I'm awestruck. Fantastic mix, too bad about the inspiration. I knew they'd sweep it under the rug, just like '68, as a politically insignificant blip in space-time.