kultural guerrillas

by Diskarte Namin

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In 1999, DiskarteNamin arose from the underground of San Francisco’s political organizing and music scenes. One of the only U.S.-based Filipin@ music and movement bands of this generation, Diskarte has rocked shows at rallies and community music venues while also actively organizing in Bay Area communities for immigrant rights and against the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and at home.

Twelve years later, Diskarte -- along with the likes of Aztlan Underground, Quetzal, Native Guns, Kiwi, Power Struggle and many others -- is known as one of the voices of Bay Area and Los Angeles resistance culture of the 2000s.

San Francisco-born but bred on resistance music from all over the world, Diskarte mixes rock guitar with Latin and hip hop beats, reggae and funk basslines, folk blues and soul vocals, and indigenous influences from the Philippines. The result is a unique “Diskarte” sound that defies traditional music categories.

Diskarte has served as part of the cultural arm for Filipin@ activist groups Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines(CHRP )and BAYAN USA. As a band of “Kultural Guerrillas” - community activists and musicians - Diskarte uses music as a weapon to mobilize, to inspire, and to celebrate that even after 500 years of colonization – Filipin@s are still here.

Not only are we still here, we are growing all over the world. From the Philippines to Singapore to Saudi Arabia, from the UK to Canada to the United States, Filipin@s are a growing diaspora of workers and families separated by imperialism and corporate globalization.

Many of us are fighting for the basic human rights of decent work, fair pay, and cultural, political and economic sovereignty for our people.
Diskarte’s music is for these millions of kababayans, as well as for the millions more fighting for survival and a more just world.

From Chican@ campaigns for cultural sovereignty and immigrant rights, to Indigenous fights for land and water rights; from the decolonization and land rights struggle in Palestine to the ongoing freedom struggle of African Americans; and from the democratic uprisings in the Arab world and beyond to global struggles for migrant workers’ rights and climate justice - Diskarte’s music is inspired by and dedicated to all of these movements for radical change.

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released 10 December 2012
DiskarteNamin is made up of 6 kultural guerrillas: Paul Bolick-Mausisa on bass, guitar and vocals; TheBrownCommander on vocals and rhythm guitar; Jen Soriano on vocals, keyboard and hand percussion; Juan Calaf on lead guitar and bass; Tony Daquipa on drums and congas; and Dakota Witka on congas and cajon. The album also features MCs Raymond Saico Castillo of the Kasamas and Jime Salcedo Malo, and kulintang players Ron Quesada of Kulintronica and Ryan Leano. Others who have been part of Diskarte include Mike Cual, The Ricker, Jeff Gunabe, Mia Villanueva and Irene Duller.

The album was recorded and produced by Paul “Pizzaslayer” Bolick Mausisa and TheBrownCommander and mastered by Antonio “Deathalizer” Calaf.

We dedicate this album to the memory of BJ Alisago, Diskarte’s co-lead singer, kulintang player, dancer, tae-bo ninja and best friend. We will not forget you, Manong.

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In 1999, DiskarteNamin arose from the underground of San Francisco’s political organizing and music scenes. Bred on resistance music from all over the world, we mix rock guitar with Latin and hip hop beats, reggae and funk basslines, folk blues and soul vocals, and indigenous influences from the Philippines. The result is a unique “Diskarte” sound that defies traditional music categories. ... more

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Track Name: River (Chico Redemption)
River (Chico Redemption) [2002]

Do you know how freedom sounds?
I said do you know how freedom sounds?
It sounds like spirits in the native trees
It sounds like thunder from the ground

CHORUS
Did you know that freedom looks like a river
flowing free and strong like how we found each other
And yes together we will work, try hard to make life better
the way that water carves through stone
But we can't do this alone...

There's a struggle in those hills
You can feel its power still
The women take down private property
In a peaceful act of the people's will

Sha la la la la la la la.......
 
Can’t you see its boundless force?
So strong it won't be moved from course
It's the sweetest form of gravity
The need for all things to be free

CHORUS x 2

SO we will come together
and we will build together
and we will fight together
to be free...
to be free.

RAP
Free like a river when it flows
Free like the winds when it blows (you know)
To get away far away just away from it all
Until the day, free to say no more pistols are drawn
and wash away all the pain that my people have felt
To lend a hand to those who suffered and they struggle for help
Cuz everyday's a new beginning so there's time for a change
and while tomorrow stays a mystery our struggle remains
Whatever life brings, know together we will make it
Everybody needs somebody life is what we make of it
and together we will rise we can't do this alone
For all my people over here, my people back home
Whether here or overseas in the belly of the beast
Can't wait for the day the mother land, my people be free
We gotta organize and mobilize so we can make you see
We come we will build we will fight to be free

We can't do this alone
No we can't do this alone
We can't do this alone
No we can't do this alone

So we will come together
and we will build together
Cause we are strong together
So we will fight together
I said we are strong together
So we will fight together
Till we win this revolution

Till we win this revolution
Till we win this revolution
Till we win this revolution
Track Name: Isang Siglo (100 Years)
100 Years (Isang Siglo) [2001]

100 Years after cheating was signed in a treaty between liars and thieves
We wonder what would our country be like if our people had really been free
Would our lolos be lonely our women enslaved would we pay for our own rice to eat?
Or would families be strong on some land of their own, would we grow all the food that we eat?

CHORUS
No more of the silence
No more will we hide from our past
We will fight for a future
Where we speak out our pride in our land
And we act our pride in our land
We’ll take back our land!

100 Years after pipelines were built from America to overseas
Now we’re 2 million strong in a land that is rich, with a few opportunities
No more little brown brothers sisters no more of this bullshit about backwards friends
Now we’re 2 million strong in American means that we all are our homeland’s revenge!

CHORUS

Tagalog 100 years "Isang siglo" translated by Mike Sotero and “Igan” ng Bayan of DKK Baguio [2002]

Isang siglo matapos nilagdaan
Ang tratado na mapanlinlang
Ano nga kaya ang kahihinatnan
Kung malayang ganap ang bayan
May lumbay pa kaya, pangamba't kawalan
Ng katarungan sa lipunan
O sagana kaya ang bawat tahanan
Mabuhay sa kapayapaan?

KORO:

Huwag nang matahimik
Huwag na ring magkubil sa dilim
Bukas ay panghawakan
Itanghal ang sinilangang bayan
Kalayaan ng ating bayan
Ipaglaban!

Isang siglo na nang biyan ng daan
Pagsasamantala ng dayuhan
Sa Amerika'y nakipagsapalaran
Dalawang milyong kababayan
Nagsusumikap umahon sa hirap
Baya'y baon pa rin sa utang
Dalawang milyong silang magsisilbing punglo
Sa puso ng ating kalaban

KORO
Track Name: Victory
It was early in the morning
Fresh pot of coffee boilin
Out on my front porch
What do I see?
Front page news claim’n victory

Victory!

Stand up tall as I face the horizon
Bare witness to a new sun risin
March’n in the street in sweet harmony
Fist in the air claim’n victory

Everything will soon be ok
I can’t believe the war is over
The people are free and ready to come over
Sing’n and dancing ready to take over

Stand up tall cause we know we belong
Pull up the weak till everyone’s strong
Ready to build as we face the horizon
Bare witness to a new sun risin

Firebomb whirlwind rough rugged and tuff
Rise up now people cause we had enough
Blood sweat an tears for too many years
Not another a day a slave or livin ‘n fear
So we light em up so we can burn it down
Then we pull the plug, Shut em down, shut em down

Victory!
Track Name: Diaspora (2009)
There are times
When I am one with the field
And there are times
When the sun soothes my soul
In the morning, dusty winds take my pain
And in the evening, an old memory fades away

CHORUS

Your empty promise to provide
Food for my family and ways for us to survive
So then I spread my wings and fly –
From home

Now in the Darkness
Neons flash, the music starts
I dance to rhythms
Of a thousand lonely hearts
These men between my legs
They thrust a million lies
But these men between my legs
They’re how my children survive

CHORUS
But if you promise to provide
Food for my family and ways for us to survive
Well then I’ll spread my wings and fly –
Back home

Home….
Home…..
Track Name: Baila Ya!
Baila Ya! [2008]

Come to the dance floor
Everybody come and dance
No need to be shy
If you can move then come and dance

It gets lonely
when all we have is a big empty space
In between us
Warm the floor with your body heat

Melt into the beat
And feel your heart soar
With the music in the street

CHORUS
Baila Ya! X4

Heat is rising
From the pavement just like steam
Sweat from your body
Cools like water from the salty sea

It gets lonely
When all we have is a big empty space
In between us
Warm the floor with your body heat

Melt into the beat
And feel your heart soar
With the music in the street

CHORUS

Life is too short
To hide in the shadows
Our music will make the wallflowers bloom
Midnight turn to noon
And fire explode from the moon

CHORUS
Baila Ya! x8
Track Name: Desaparecidos
Desaparacidos [2009]

You were always my special one
Light up the room for everyone
I always felt whole
With you by my side

Star gazer

And always one with the earth

One day you blossomed
Into this beautiful mighty woman
But I began to worry
Like any mother would

So fierce, brave and strong
Quick to tell it like it is
Always with a clenched fist
Rebellion in your heart

[Chorus:]
I can still remember
The last time I saw you
I still call your name a thousand times
As if it will bring you home

Then the knock on the door came
They say you’ve disappeared
Your voice was heard
Just as I’d always feared

Stargazer

Beyond your blindfold
Are you still seeing the same sky?

I’ve long prepared for this
But I could never prepare for this
In your place I raise my fist
With rebellion in my heart

[Chorus]
Track Name: Ka BJ (Puzzle)
You had your life laid out like a puzzle
And everything fit perfectly
Work a while, make some money go out east
And move back to the Philippines

You had your life laid out like a puzzle
And everything fit perfectly
Work a while, make some money go out east
And move back to the Philippines


Well…well…why why why?
Well…well….why why why?

First I – cried and cried
Now I – understand
That I guess we’re gonna see you…
On the other side

You had your life laid out like a puzzle
Brought worlds together with your song
Culture keeper you kept your ancestors dancing
You sang harmonies till we had to sing along

Like oh…oh…

I remember when we were together
We’d laugh until the break of dawn
Never knowin tomorrow might not come
But I don’t know why cuz I can’t believe you’re gone


First I – cried and cried
Now I – understand
That I know we’re gonna see you…
On the other side

Oooooh……
Gonna see you on the other side, never gonna say goodbye, gonna see you on the other side, never gonna say goodbye

So, put on your angel’s wings
Go head fly round and check up on things cuz
We need your blessings
We need your comfort
That all we do will continue x4
So shine down on us
Please
Shine down on us
And we’ll see you in our dreams x4
Track Name: Tondo
Tondo [2008]

I was born in a sqatter’s town
Down here in poverty
But my mama always sung to me
Of our people’s will to be free

So lord please don’t look upon me
With eyes of disdain or pity
Just give me strength and courage tonight
‘Bout to get together and make things right

I’ve got my back up against the wall
With mountain of false evidence pointed at me
But if fighting for my people is a crime,
Then guilty oh guilty I will plead

I’ve got to pickup pickup pickup what my father left for me
I’ve got to getup getup getup now brothers fight to be free
I’ve got to pickup pickup pickup what my mother left for me
I’ve got to getup getup getup now children unite to be free

We aint gonna wait for no false prophecy
And we aint got no friends in a high society
So get up get up cause there’s no where to turn
Ignite the light n fire watch Babylon burn

So how long oh how long, shall we suffer in peace?
March in arms now for life justice and dignity

Katipunan rise!
Track Name: World Go Blind
World Go Blind [2008]

I opened up my eyes to see the sun had not arose
The morning birds flew down to me
They’re hungry
My hands were warm where you once held
My heart inside your palm

Now empty air is all I have
Can my own hands hold me?

Cuz the feast has turned to famine all the shelves are bare

And the bread we used to count on is no longer there
The crumbs have blown into the sea

[Chorus:]
Eye for eye will one day make the world go blind
And when we do then we might finally see
That you cut the cord
Turned me into an orphan child
But I raised myself, did it big
Now look at me
Oh everyone now look at me

[Chorus]
Track Name: Red Fighter
Her struggles are not in vain
Cause the blood of resistance runs through my veins
This mountain, is her home
Where she tills the soil where her children grow

This river carries her people’s dreams
Of her past and future seeds
The way it is, we will not allow it to be
I close my eyes and follow her lead

Chorus
She carries the weight of the world
On the strength of her heart beat
She carries the weight of the world
On the strength of her heartbeat

I will still dance cause i’m not alone
I will still laugh cause i’m not alone
And i will still love cause i’m not alone

Her Struggles are not in vain
Cause the blood resistance runs through my veins
She resists their wars of genocide
And i see a different world through her eyes