Bojah & the Insurrection

Bojah & the Insurrection

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If you crave meaningful lyrics and hip hop traditionalism is no longer enough for you, if you're looking for other kinds of political music besides hip hop, if you are looking for something edgy yet soulful, or if you love soul but want something other than just love songs---this is your music.

Biography

When you first see Bojah and the Insurrection you are first caught up by the spirit of the band. It's like a reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, but with the in your face outspokeness of a Rage Against the Machine, yet the soulfulness of a Curtis Mayfield, a physical funk. In a word - spectacular. The sonix are delivered in a patient beatdown over familiar progressions and sublime lyrics.

You wonder to yourself, 'why haven't I heard of them before?' and 'where did they come from?'. Part of the answer lies in the fact that up to now the band could rarely be seen outside of a political protest. "We cut our teeth playing in front of thousands." Bojah explains. This might explain the confidence the band exudes when they take the stage. It's as if there is no maximum level of intensity or, if there is, this band has not yet reached it.

The songwriting is strong, mostly written or co-written by Bojah himself. But the greatest thing about the band is their live show. Ace musicianship is a prerequisite for the Insurrection and every show puts that on display---Intense grooves, chords, solos, and harmonies as well as the always insightful and provocative Bojah himself shedding light upon the subject of the hour. A little bit James Brown, a little bit Public Enemy, a little bit Gil Scott-Heron, a little bit Prince, a little bit Lenny Kravitz, Bojah and his Insurrection crew are a blast from the future.

Although the band has been in existence since 2001 it's taken this long for them to put out a record.

"A number of factors conspired to hold back the record. First our initial deal went sour and we lost some of the masters. So we had to re-record a number of tracks. As the project stalled I went back home (Minneapolis) to help lead a campaign against police brutality. My apartment was invaded by federal marshals at gunpoint. I got community support to protest the warrant-less invasion and the police apologized for making a 'mistake.'"

"Then the federal government threatened me with fines and possible jail for performing in Cuba at the 9th international hip hop festival. I organized a defense committee with the help of the community to protest this attack on my freedom of speech."

"A lot of things happened. Some of the core members started getting busy with other projects. Nikki [Glaspie] went with Beyonce. Aaron [Bellamy] went with Sam Kiniger. But we kept the band going."

Now back in Boston, Bojah has reassembled the crew and with an album done is ready to let the rest of the world know what thousands of protesters already know---The future of political music is here and Bojah and the Insurrection are here to deliver that music.

"My main influence is Bob Marley actually, I'm like a secular Bob Marley. Some people say I remind them of Lenny Kravitz, but I'm way more political." Bojah says. "No disrespect to Lil Jon but we've been doin Crunk Rock since 2001."

Not just an artist with political rhetoric, Bojah actually has run for office a few times and has been on the ballot (as a socialist!) in three different states. "As an artist, I'm a late bloomer. While a lot of my peers were diving into the hip hop game, I was organizing to build a revolutionary youth movement, dealing with Mandela's and Castro's people. But I guess the artist in me had to get out. So this music is the result."

"If you crave meaningful lyrics and hip hop traditionalism is no longer enough for you, if you're looking for other kinds of political music besides hip hop, if you are looking for something edgy yet soulful, or if you love soul but want something other than just love songs---this is your music." Says Bojah.

The band is set to release their studio debut LP entitled Severe Funk Alert, a combination of funk, soul, rock, hooks, lyrics and rhyme, of protest, hopes, and forewarning of the coming days.

With the wisdom of an old blues singer Bojah outlines a vision of historic change and the troubles that we face. Like a cross between the Band of Gypsys, Gil Scott-Heron, Rage Against the Machine, and Sly and the Family Stone, Severe Funk Alert will both stir and assure the soul that is paying attention to the times - and wake up those who are sleeping. Universal and timeless themes are also breeched in the backdrop of war, poverty, inequality, racism, and military dictatorships.

An all-star cast of musicians constitute Bojah’s studio and traveling band. From drummer Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Martin Luther, Sam Kiniger), to guitarist Jeff Lockhart (Brian McKnight), to bassist Aaron Bellamy (Martin Luther, Sam Kiniger), to Boston female MC Natural Bliss, and a host of others from Boston’s thriving live funk scene.

The album denounces the trampling of democratic rights in the US in the name of “homeland security” or “fighting terrorism”. It speaks out against police brutality and war, the scandal of Katrina. It speaks about the horrors of war. It shows the consequences we suffer when we don’t organ

Lyrics

Rubber Bullet

Written By: Bojah; Natural Bliss

Rubber Bullet

Chorus

Rubber bullet and a bean bag y’all
Rubber bullet and a bean bag y’all
Rubber bullets don’t bounce like a basketball
Rubber bullet and a bean bag y’all

Verse 1

Rubber bullets and bean bags, bodybag for Timothy Thomas
Cincinnatti, sins since Nat Turner rose from chains, streets in flames
Tired of the same ole game

Chorus

Rubber bullet is the season y’all
Rubber bullet what’s the reason now?
Rubber bullets don’t bounce like a basketball
Rubber bullet and a bean bag y’all

Verse 2

Rubber bullets for that rubber room we call freedom
A kinder gentler violence
Bean bags to kick back relax to the beating of the trigger
Rubber bullets for all the nigger children

Chorus

Rubber bullet is the season y’all
Rubber bullet what’s the sequel now?
Rubber bullets don’t bounce like a basketball
Rubber bullet and a bean bag y’all

Verse 3

We felt it comin like a hurricane
Strikin leavin searin pain
Impact’s where the hate would stay
Anger took the pain away
Truth never fades away it don’t bounce and it don’t ricochet
Brings down your dictatorship like it’s Pinochet it’s rugged
So bust it, and watched the blood start runnin
Bust how our sons are dyin, politicians lyin
Cover up the crime to keep the masses silent
Bust it, bust it like they busted through the soul of the most vulnerable
Most unprotected and most palpable
Most hated and most tangible
Once equated with the animals
But we’ve supreme if not infallible
It’s time to gather up the forces
Cincinnati called it’s time we got up on it
Cuz every Black man’s name is Timothy Thomas
Dyin for this nation’s madness
Justice at the hands of tyrants is non-existent like passive violence
So we grab the sword and lead our men a chargin
There won’t be conquered there won’t be none divided
No weak links, no misguided
Cuz it’s on like the wattage of the lights in my head
Like I was famished I’m about to ravish
It’s on like an insurrection, like a holocaust, a crucifiction,
Won’t be needing fuel cuz it’s solar powered,
Cuz I was quiet now I’m sick and tired,
It’s on, it’s on and rubber bullets fired couldn’t stop this riot…

Chorus

Rubber bullet for democracy
Rubber bullet is hypocrisy
Rubber bullets don’t bounce like a basketball
Rubber bullet and a bean bag y’all

Verse 4

Rubber bullets don’t bounce back like an enraged people on the march
Rubber bullets don’t demand justice and equal rights

Chant

Can you bounce with me, bounce with me?
Can you bounce with me, bounce with me?
Can you bounce with me, bounce with me?
Can you bounce with me, bounce with me?

Rubber! Rubber! Bullet! Bullet!

Discography

Severe Funk Alert LP

Set List

Severe Funk Alert
Dig
Rubber Bullet
Heaven
Amadou
Heroes
Billion
Changeiswhatitis
Domeland Security
Jihad
1 Day Soon
The Call
No Noose
Inner City Blues (Marvin Gaye)
Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix)
Everybody Love the Sunshine (Roy Ayers)

Sets vary from 30 min to 2 hrs.
Standard set is 45 min.