Mr. Carmack & Djemba Djemba Drop New EP to Raise Money for #NODAPL
In America, we're always grateful for turkey stuffing and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, but we rarely stop to consider the individuals who were native to this land before colonization.
Mr. Carmack and Djemba Djemba are not afraid to talk about the disenfranchisement of Native Americans, particularly in relation to the stand-off between the natives of Standing Rock and the political machine pushing forward the North Dakota Access Pipeline. In an effort to help raise awareness and funds for the fight agains the NADPL, Mr. Carmack and Djemba Djemba have released a 9-track EP titled Rekindling.
Mr. Carmack, real name Aaron Carmack, wrote a letter to listeners describing his motive for the release and why we must continue to support the people of Standing Rock:
happy thanksgiving, and thank you for buying this album and supporting our cause. this EP is a stern reminder for all of us, not just to eat and be merry, but to take this particular holiday season to revisit and rekindle the flame in you. to take more of an active part in the world and not lie dormant. yes, you work to survive. but, what in your heart is your end goal? with whom lies your passion to expand your soul, to keep your heart pumping and allow you to express and to be yourself, fully? look for ways to maximize the health, and longevity not just for you, but for this earth as your guide, and believe me you will find that passion in you. too long you've been silenced, placated, ameliorated, flat out lied to, medicated, pilled, reprocessed, taken advantage of, snuffed out, desensitized, overstimulated, and stuffed with preservatives, processed sugars and white pills, monotonous music, mindless alternate realities on cable tv, brainless celebrity idols and carnival games to keep you entertained, like a baby.
no. what does this world need? who controls the world? and who's controlling them? who's there to tell them they're fucking it up for everyone and they shouldn't do that? not only for the sake of the wellbeing of earth, but for us as well? it is up to us. the people.
so, with that, after work next monday, don't just go home and take to your tv or computer and turn your brain off. a paycheck is not your end goal in life. join a library. take a class. teach a class somewhere. read something. take up a hobby. paint outside. learn to plant a tree. cut meat out your diet. read up about clean energy tech. engage yourself. look into local farms. or just read, post and repost positive constructive shit on your social media.
its really not up to anyone, or any god, anymore., to tell us everything will be ok. i am not a baby. it is truly up to us as the most powerful species in the known universe and the sheer power of the instantaneous internet to shepherd this world in a positive direction for all of us. otherwise, we die. in any denominational way you choose.
The full album is available for purchase on Mr Carmack's Bandcamp page and is available for purchase for the suggested donation of $25. The EP includes 9 tracks, featuring new originals from both Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack.
You may not be able to stand in solidarity with the native people of Standing Rock, you may not be able to donate your time, or even winter clothing. But if you care about issue of native sovereignty and environmental protection, please consider making a donation to stop the effort to build the NDAPL.