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Barbez & Velina Brown releasing collaborative LP (check out their cover of protest anthem “L’Internationale”)


Brooklyn-based avant rock ensemble Barbez will release this spring new album For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War, which is a collaboration with Bay Area singer Velina Brown. For an early taste, here’s their cover of traditional anthem, “L’Internationale.” The song, which began as an 1871 French poem (and set to music in 1888), has long been used as a protest anthem and rallying cry for socialist movements. (Billy Bragg covered it in 1990.) Barbez and Brown recorded it to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of Jarama during the battle against fascism that was the Spanish Civil War. That battle was the first to include the American soldiers known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, who Barbez pay tribute to here.

We’ve got the premiere of the song and its video, which was created by filmmaker David Pym and made possible by generous support from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and teach the anti-fascist legacy of the Lincoln Brigade as well as promote human rights around the world. Watch below.

Barbez have a couple shows coming up, both related to this: April 16 at The Museum of the City of New York which is the 81st Annual Celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; and May 20 at Joe’s Pub which is a performance of Songs of the Spanish Civil War featuring Velina Brown and Dafna Naphtali. Ticket info for both shows is still to come.

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This recording features:

Peter Hess (Philip Glass Ensemble) clarinets
Pamelia Kurstin (David Byrne, Cibo Matto) theremin
Danny Tunick (The Clean) marimba, vibraphone
Dan Kaufman (Rebecca Moore) guitar
Catherine McRae (filmmaker Sam Green, the Quavers) violin
Peter Lettre (Shearwater) bass
John Bollinger (Sway Machinery) drums
Velina Brown (San Francisco Mime Troupe) voice
Sebastiaan Faber on trumpet

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