As protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) gather momentum across the country, musicians and rappers are voicing and performing their dissent through music and raps.
Streetocracy, a rap song by Shumais Nazar, a young rapper and journalism student at Jamia Millia Islamia, released on the Internet on January 9 in solidarity with the anti-CAA protests has now widely shared by social media users.
The rap video in which Shumais and his co-rapper Manosh Kochi who is a student at Azharul Uloom Arabic College, Ernakulam perform, with English and Malayalam lyrics is a tribute to those on the streets protesting against the government’s policies.
“This music video is in solidarity with those who are in streets against the tyranny and the marginalized communities who were assaulted and oppressed by the state,” Shumais says.
Released in light of the havoc wreaked by the CAA and NRC, the Streetocracy says ‘Azadi is the new Hindustani Beat’.
Apart from taking aim at the CAA protests, the song also brings up the issues including the Indian government’s oppression in Kashmir Valley and the economic slowdown in the country.
The video has been launched on Internet by Aysha Renna and Ladeeda Farzana, the student activists who became the brave faces of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act movement.