The Welfare Poets | Project Blues

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Project Blues

by The Welfare Poets

The album fuses various styles of music from a blues/jazz feeling to Caribbean flavors and is relentless poetry/rhyming coming from the inner city of New York.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Through the Shadow of Death
3:00 $0.99
2. Project Blues
3:55 $0.99
3. How Dare You!
3:46 $0.99
4. Divine Decree
4:51 $0.99
5. The Bullet
3:16 $0.99
6. Affirmative Actions
5:26 $0.99
7. We Are Guerillas in the Street
4:16 $0.99
8. Foreign Tone
3:25 $0.99
9. Taxation Without Representation
4:36 $0.99
10. Help Wanted
3:46 $0.99
11. Color Me Red
4:12 $0.99
12. 500 Lashes
2:59 $0.99
13. Just Die
3:19 $0.99
14. One Two
5:47 $0.99
15. In the Name of Liberty
10:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Welfare Poets have been in existence since the Spring of 1990, when two college students came together to write poetry/rhymes of protest and upliftment, accompanied by
congas (percussions). A band was created from this union with the purpose of using culture as a tool of resistance, and in the summer of 2000, the group released their first independent album "Project Blues." There were only 5 band members at that point,and the album contains 15 powerful tracks, each uniquely painting pictures connecting local struggles and hardships to a global movement towards the liberation of all humanity.

The group plays Hip Hop with a fusion of various styles from the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica.
Over their 15 plus years of existence, the Welfare Poets have been not only cultural activist, but they have been directly involved in efforts for social justice, most notably against police brutality, political prisoners, the colonial status of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Naval occupation of the island, environmental justice in New York City and
elsewhere and the death penalty. Through teaching residencies and workshops, through activism around community struggles and through sharp-edged performances of music that incorporates Hip Hop, Bomba y Plena, Latin Jazz and other rhythms, the Welfare Poets bring information and inspiration to those facing oppression and those fighting for liberation.



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