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In a magical moment of trans-atlantic, cyber space
connecting, Soma
Mestizo members, Christiane D and Soy Sos are featured
track features Asian Dub Foundation (London), Chuck D,
and Producer Adrian Sherwood (London). Cds will be
available for free at upcoming shows.


I.R. is a new music label launched in 2003 by TFTT
that explores the twin themes of Indigenous
Resistance/Indigenous Reality. Issues and examples of
indigenous resistance and Indigenous reality that
normally dont receive attention will be highlighted
through our releases. 

I.R also refers to homegrown insurrection and the
fight against injustice everywhere.

I.R is intimately connected to the TFTT freedub
project. Hence there will be opportunities to recive
vinyl, books, posters free of charge.

An autonomous venture, I.R releases comes together
with a minimum of resources but with a maximum of
cooperation and care from those involved in the
project; a family of loosely affilated folks who
believe in the spirit and deed of resistance. We all
have the capacity to fight the beast. We all have a
part we can play.


(story by kokonda dub)

The story of how the main vocals for this track came
about is truly a magical one.

The lyrics were written in collaboaration with
Greenland theatre performer and poet Jessie Kleeman.
Jessie is known for innovative performance pieces.She
also has one of the most incredible voices we have
every heard and the dexterity and control she has
never ceases to amaze us. TFTT first recorded Jessie
years back for the cd Dancing on John Waynes Head. 

This time we collaborated to write the lyrics for
Eagle Screaming Red Sky Alight. 

Jessie contributed the metaphors and mythological
images drawn from Greenlands traditional heritage and
her own rich imagination. I contributed the radical
street politics with definite inspiration from
concepts present in Ricanstructions' lyrics. 

While Jessie and I were writing this the intention was
to record one version in greenlandic and the other in
english. The choice of the english vocalist was up in
the air. However for some reason everytime we worked
on the lyrics I heard a particular very distinctive
voice in my head. 

Soon after writing the lyrics I received an email from
a friend and music journalist Prasad Bidaye who told
there was a group I really had to check out because he
felt that they were coming from the same dub vibe as
we were. I found myself surfing on the site of Soma
Mestizo. One of the first things that intrigued me was
when I read how they did a 7 inch single against the
war in iraq and distributed it for free leaving it in
random locations. 

This was very much in the style of our freedub
projects. Then I noticed that a mp3 called Sunshine
available for download. I cant say I was prepared for
what I heard. Not did I hear a glorious song but what
captivated me totally was the female vocalist on the
track. Her voice was exactly the English voice I had
heard in my head while working on the lyrics with

I was completely stunned by this. Here was the
possible vocalist! However the major obstacle was that
I was leaving in 5 days time traveling to a location
where I would have next to no communication.
Discussing this with other members of I.R I was
encouraged to try and contact her mainly becuz my
intuition and deep emotional response to the track I

On there website I noticed a phone number. I tried it
and sure enough in a few moments I found my talking to
Christiane D. It was total dub vibes from the second I
started talking to. I explained what we were trying to
do. I played her over the phone The instrumental track
Adrian Sherwood, Pandit G (ADF) and Lee scratch
Perry's son Omar had worked on. I then read her lyrics
over the phone. A bit nervously I asked her if she was
up to trying to do an interpretation of the lyrics
over the track. She said she loved the track and the
words and she would love to try and that their bands
guitarist had a studio and she would record it there
and send it by mp3.

The dub was flowing. 

A couple things really impacted me about our
conversation. First it was the level of trust. There
wasn't talk about money, labels how the fuck do I know
you wont try to rip me off exploit me here. It was
just about feeling and respecting the vibe and trying
to figure out how to get it done. In the current state
of the world were mistrust and suspicion is the order
of the day its dub magical and powerfull when you can
find individuals willing to go past this.

In the next day I got an email from Soy SOS from Soma
Mestizo who also turned out to part of 3 Generation
Walking who also have a wonderfull highly acclaimed cd
out.However the joy for me was discovering that he was
also totally into dub music! He asked me if he could
add some of his own dub layering in his Tuff Sounds
studio to go with Christiane D voice. Sure go right
ahead I said. He said they would have a mix for me in
a few days. 

Sure enough soon an email arrived with a mix. It was
obvious that both of them had put a tremendous amount
of care into the track. Her interpretation matched
exactly what I had in my head and the skillful
exquisite dub layering by Soy Sos complimented her
vocals perfectly. 

All the folks in IR crew were Deeply moved by the
track as much as by how it as well as the wondrous
final result. Community efforts stretching across
artifical borderlines is definitely part of the

Once again we would like to thank our bro Prasad
Bidaye who guided to the dub of Soma Mestizo and to
bobby marshall and ani who gave us strong words of
encouragement in difficult times. This track was
fuelled and created by good intentions, good deeds and
the absence of cynicism. 

Eagle Screaming Red Sky Alight 4 minutes 46 secs 

Main vocals: Christiane D Speech about Iraq: Chuck D
Background vocals: omar perry. Additional production,
dub effects, engineering for Christiane D by Soy Sos
at Tuff Sounds Studio. Based on a dub riddim track
created by Pandit G(ADF) and Adrian Sherwood mixed at
ON U Sound studio. Lyrics by Jessie Kleeman and
Kokonda Dub.

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