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LISTEN: Checkpoint 303′s “Said Guevara” //

byMarwa Helal

Checkpoint303-LogoWe first met Checkpoint 303 last year in San Francisco, CA — they impressed us so much that we included them in our 2010 Artists to Watch list and they have not disappointed.

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Here, on their newest track “Said Guevara” they make a tribute to the outstanding Palestinian intellectual and humanist, Edward Said. “This electronic audio-collage mixes the voice of the late Edward Said with excerpts from Che Guevara’s 1964 speech at the United Nations,” say 303. “Edward Said and Che Guevara, in very different ways, pushed for the universal values of justice, freedom, equality and most importantly solidarity between peoples of the world in standing up united against injustice.”

With perfectly chosen quotes from Edward Said’s profound speeches, overlapped by Che Guevara’s distinct and purposeful voice, on a beat that makes you want to run alongside, cheering the two heroes on as they “disentangle truth from propaganda.”

Even Najla Said is feeling the track. “The audio clips of Edward Said and Che Guevara, when put together, create an incredible message of solidarity, which as my father would say, is the greatest form of love that human beings can show,” she says. “My dad was an incredible and captivating speaker, and in his absence we are left not only without his inspirational words but without his humor, candor, and the accessibility of his message. For those who have a difficult time reading his very academic books, his speeches can serve the same rousing purpose.”

To download this track and other free tunes, visit Checkpoint 303′s website >>

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