Last week on Facebook I asked my friends to dedicate songs to the jailed artist/activist Ai Weiwei. Many responded and the songs they posted expressed a mix of outrage, reassurance, appreciation, anger, and empathy. I promised I’d make a mix out them to keep the word alive. Here it is…

Expensive Jewelry – FREE AI WEIWEI

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Compiled by:
Ralph Fortune, Lok Jansen, Marieke Rietbergen, Mietze Beej, Jochem Ruijgrok, Jeroen Koolhaas, Afaina de Jong, Damon Johnson, Bea Galilee, Reineke Otten, An Xiao Mina, Adrian Jevicki, Allister Slingenberg, Joshua Ellison, Farida Sedoc, Samir Bantal, Daniel Perlin, Uniek Mager, Nancy Krahe, James McGetrick, Mavis McGetrick…

Friends and enemies intro – Malcolm X
Truth and rights – Johnny Osbourne
Liberation – Outkast, Ceelo, Erykah Badu, Big Rube
Get up stand up – Bob Marley and the Wailers
54-46 was my number – Toots and the Maytals
San Quentin – Johnny Cash
Freedom – Richie Havens
The revolution will not be televised – Gill Scott Heron
Unknown soldier 1&2 – Fela Kuti
Sonny’s lettah – Linton Kwesi Johnson
None of us are free – Solomon Burke
Doctor’s darling version – Seeed
Korruption – Junior Kelly
Blood money – Pablo Moses
Time has come today – The Chambers Brothers

Ai Weiwei vocals sampled from his TED Talk and PBS feature.

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