Diaspora (2009)

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Paul wrote Disapora at a time when the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s) was dramatically increasing, as was human rights abuses against primarily women workers. Today, more than one million Filipinos leave every year to work abroad, many are coerced to leave because of the lack of sustainable economic opportunity at home. The particular story in this song refers to an ongoing trend of many overseas women workers being tricked then trapped into sex work after leaving the Philippines with a contract to do anything from secretarial to domestic work to restaurant hospitality work. For more information on OFWs go to migranteinternational.org For more information on work against sex trafficking go to gabrielawomensparty.net/tags/trafficking

lyrics

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…..

credits

from kultural guerrillas, released December 10, 2012
Lyrics: Paul Bolick-Mausisa and Jen Soriano
Music: Paul Bolick-Mausisa
Kulintang: Featuring Ryan Leano

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Diskarte Namin San Francisco, California

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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