As the political campaigns on both sides of the fence beat their drums louder, election day draws nearer and we find the time to make a decision upon us. It has already been a historical campaign thus far – with a female up for Vice President on one side, and an African American leading the Presidential polls on the other. Tensions are high as people strengthen their opinions and passions boil to a fervor. It is in such a heated political climate that great music has been produced in the past, and the 2008 election is no different. We’ve put together some of our favorite tracks to soundtrack this year’s election day.
Mr. Lif – I Heard It Today
First in a series of political singles recorded in anticipation of the 2008 presidential election by acclaimed Boston/Philly MC. Mr. Lif reaches out to build awareness on current political issues and agendas for not only Americans, but for the entire global community. Since he is releasing a new single every few weeks as part of this ambitious project, he is able to react to and comment on immediate topics.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – This Land Is Your Land
The funk revivalist and soul sensation that captured our hearts with such tracks as “100 days, 100 nights” and “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” brings us another timeless favorite with her rendition of the Woody Guthrie classic. Ms. Jones plays “high-fiber soul that recalls the best of the JBs and The Meters. Nary a gutbucket beat, horn blast, or chicken-scratched and honeycombed guitar riff are wasted.” [Pitchfork]
Bono and the Soweto Gospel Choir – One
U2’s world famous Bono pairs up with this internationally acclaimed 26-member vocal ensemble. The Soweto Gospel Choir earned an American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir” and a Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir.” The choir’s debut Voices From Heaven went to number one on Billboard’s World Music chart, while their second and third albums Blessed and African Spirit won them the Grammys for “Best Traditional World Music Album” two years in a row.
Sunnyland Slim – Be Careful How You Vote
This remastered reissue from Sunnyland’s own Airway label features blazing guitar solos behind his deep vocals and rolling piano. Mr. Slim uses his famous Chicago blues style to both inspire and motivate us. Even though this song was written long ago, the core message is timeless and still rings true today.