Clash of Civilizations

Clash of Civilizations

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Clash of Civilizations is electronic world music project created to illustrate common musical bonds within cultures by clashing various music from around the world, traditional voices, historic and political samples, ancient music, and original native instruments.

Biography

Clash of Civilizations is an electronic world music project created by Boston-based composers and music producers Milan Kovacev and Nikola Radan. The goal of the collective is to create unity and harmony by clashing various music from
around the world: traditional voices, historic and political samples, ancient melodies, (some dating back hundreds of years), and original native instruments.

These separate pieces are seamlessly melded together to create something entirely new and harmonious, something that as a whole is more powerful and moving than its separate parts.

Clash of Civilizations first made waves during 2008 when politically-charged sites across the Internet began sharing their single "Change in America," which the group had created and donated for free to Barack Obama's political campaign. “Change in America” turned heads both within the political news establishment as well as at more mainstream media sites including BBC 1, NPR, and PRI among others.

Their controversial music video “Legacy” featuring four former US Presidents has been broadcasted on European MTV, Canadian AUX TV, and Link TV among others in USA.

Clash of Civilizations project also involves creative musicians and performers from the U.S., Iran, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, France, Albania and Serbia based in Boston and New York.

Lyrics

Declaration of Independence

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

Declaration of Independence

(music: Kovacev/Radan - lyrics: excerpts from the US Declaration of Independence, traditional Western African music from Ghana, and traditional African American gospel from Jefferson County Alabama titled “Job”).

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

That to secure these rights,
governments are instituted among men
We hold these truths to be self-evident.
It is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, And to institute new government,

God giveth,
The Declaration of Independence
God taketh,
I said blessed,
Be the name,
Of the Lord
Job, why

The representatives of the United States of America
appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world
do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people
solemnly publish and declare.

God giveth,
The Declaration of Independence
God taketh, (well now)
I said blessed, (be)
Be the name, be the name
Of the Lord
Job why, of the lord
And he said;

God giveth,
And he giveth
God taketh, (well now)
I said blessed, (be)
be the name, let it be the name
of the Lord, Job why

God giveth,
Something to tell you
God taketh,
It’s in his power to taketh,
I said blessed, (be)
Be the name, be the name
Of the Lord, of the lord
Job why, job why
…we want lie….

Hagia Sophia

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

Lyrics: include Trisagion ('Thrice Holy') considered one of the oldest prayers in Christianity and audio samples of Istanbul Imam’s chanting from the Mosque Located in Istanbul/Constantinople, a place Christians and Muslims worshiped and fought over the "Hagia Sophia" is one of the greatest temples in the world. The song "Hagia Sophia" is embellished by elements of both Byzantine chanting and Middle Eastern instruments.

Agios o Theos,
Agios ischyros

Holy God,
Holy [and] Mighty

Healing

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

(music: Kovacev/Radan - lyrics: Traditional Andalusian lullaby)

A la nanita, nanita,
A la nanita de aquel
Que llevό el caballo al agua,
Y lo trajo sin beber.

Duérmete, niño chiquito,
Duérmete y no llores más,
Que reirán los angelitos
Para no verte, no verte lloran

Metamorphosis

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

(music: Kovacev/Radan - lyrics: Ottoman Language Psalm 5: collection of psalms, known as Mezmurlar released in 1665. Translated and transposed from Latin to Ottoman by Ali Ufki originally Wojciech Bobowski, protestant 17th century composer who later converted to Islam and who in his time represented a "musical bridge" between East and West. )

Diyeceğim kelimātim
Ya Allah sen eyle ir 'a
Sana ederim istir 'a
Bil efkār u taallümatimi Melāmetimi.

Zirā ya vehhab ya settar
Sādika virüp berekāt
Hem lütfun idüp harekāt
Siper gibi ide istitar
Hatār-be-hatār.

Legacy

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

(music: Kovacev/Radan) - Lyrics include samples of presidential public addresses given by the former US Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, JFK, and Ronald Reagan.

Men and women had been struggling on this planet,
Forge a better life for themselves and their families,
In man's long, upward march from savagery and slavery,
Between freedom and tyranny.

Our children who will be born this year
Will come of age in the 21st century.
What kind of society,
What kind of world are we building for them?

What kind of society,
What kind of world are we building for them?

Finally, if we are to win the battle
That is now going on around the world
The impact of this adventure
I said blessed, (be)
May hold the key to our future on earth.

What kind of society,
What kind of world are we building for them?

We've grown used to wonders in this century,
It’s hard to dazzle us.
We've grown used to the idea of space,
Perhaps we forget that we've only just begun...

Touch the face of God,
Touch the face of God,
Touch the face of God...

What kind of society,
What kind of world are we building for them?

Les Cités

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan/Julia Simone

Les Cités is the French term for the projects with Arabs and Muslims from former French North African colonies. Many young first and second generation French Muslims voiced their dissatisfaction with the inequality shown to them by the French society.

On a traversé la mer
Après un long trajet
Plein de promesses et de rêves
On se retrouvent dans des cages
Les uns sur les autres
On nous dit de nous battre pour notre pays
Bien qu'on nous traite d' étranger
A longueur de journée
Et soudainement
C'est le néant

Les gens sont pâles
Ne sourrient jamais
On s'habille comme eux
On veut la même chose
On rêve de famille, d'argent
De sécurité mais il n’y a rien à faire
Mais j'habite ou?
Je ne peux pas retourner là-bas
Ils me trouvent trop français

Et ici, je ne le serai jamais assez
Lorsqu'on est prisonnier d'un monde d'ignorant
C'est le néant

Kassovitz a ouvert nos portes
Mais elles se sont trop vite refermées
C'est dommage qu'on ai toujours
Á les rouvrir à coup de pieds.

C'est le néant
C'est le néant
C'est le néant

Hiroshima

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

(music: Kovacev/Radan - lyrics: President Truman's radio address in August 1945 given after the atomic bomb release and an archived recording of the traditional Japanese Imperial Palace Music Department recorded sometime during the Second World War.)

The supreme need of our time
Is for man to learn to live together
In peace and harmony

Peoples of this earth
Face the future with great uncertainty
People on the earth

Hiroshima
Hiroshima

An atomic bomb
We have used it in order
To sharpen the agony of war

An atomic bomb
We shall continue to use i
Until we completely destroy

Peoples of this earth
Face the future with great uncertainty
People on the earth

Hiroshima
Hiroshima

Clash of Civilizations

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

We've been walking through this tunnel
in the life-long search for hope
with shattered minds
tied with chain and rope.

During dark and hollow ages
human ignorance killed like quicksand
no one was able to see the light at the end.

Listen, something is going on now
you can hear a strange sound
coming from the background.

A choir, from a distance
language we don't understand
music from the never-never land.

Why in the hearts of all the nations
lives the clash of civilizations?

Has it all gone down
while we've stood mute at turns of the history,
haunted by ghosts, puzzled by mystery.

Have we all created reasons
excuses that are the same,
with mouths full of another war game?

Yet still, we are divided,
it's the clash of civilizations
controlled (of course) by governments' operations.

Leaders of this world defuse your speech,
listen to the song of the crowd
singing Love out loud.

Why in the hearts of all the nations
lives the clash of civilizations?

Refugees

Written By: Milan Kovacev/Nikola Radan

(music: Kovacev/Radan - lyrics: a collection of war reporters’ audio samples)

People displaced by the clashes,
They were terrified its traumatic experience
… the uncertain future…
Long and treacherously journey

The Refugees

Who fled their war ravaged country
Chaotic situation
Not being able to return,
Back to their Homeland

Humanitarian crisis of massive proportion

People have died as the result of the fighting
They were terrified its traumatic experience
Civilians caught between the armed fighters and the military
Driven from their homes

Shooting continues this morning
Entire village is wiped-out
Internally displaced people
They now face uncertain future.

More than six hundred,
More than two thousand
Thirty thousand
Tens of thousands
Quarter of a million
Hundreds of thousands
The Refugees

Peace will prevail
So they can return home
Internally displaced people
They should get ready to go home.

Discography

Album "Counter Propaganda"
EP "Legacy"
EP "Critical & Political Mixes"

Set List

Set is one hour long.