The Revolutionary Playlist

Revolutionary Playlist: Episode 2 ft Ethel Baraona Pohl

By Ethel Baraona Pohl

9 May 2021

June Jordan wrote in 1972 a beautiful poem —‘For my brother’— asking him to teach her how to sing in moments of despair. With this short playlist I just want to share some of the songs that make me sing (when in doubt), because each of them make me think that, by learning to sing all together, we can make out of our voices a common ground donde los idiomas no importan, porque podemos sentir la música recorrer nuestras venas y ser parte de un latido común, calling for freedom, equality, inclusiveness; singing for a world that can be better; a world that is out there waiting for us to raise our voices para caminar erguidos, sin temor —respirar y sacar la voz.

So here is an assemblage —a sort of musical cadavre exquis— with some inspiring voices, encouraging us to sing together. As Serrat says —stealing the words from Machado— “se hace camino al andar” and I guess that perhaps, también al cantar.

Because, ”this too shall pass so raise your glass to change and chance, and freedom is the only law shall we dance; so if you feeling low, stuck in some bardo, I even I know the solution: love, music, wine and revolution.” —Perdóname amor, por tanto hablar, es que quiero ayudar al mundo cambiar, ¡qué loca!

Ethel Baraona Pohl is a writer, critic and curator, whose work focuses on architecture and political theory. She is co-founder of independent research practice and tweets @ethel_baraona.


The Playlist

  1. Magnetic Fields, World Love
  2. María José Llergo, Canción de Soldados
  3. Choir! Choir! Choir! & Patti Smith, People have the Power
  4. Sacar La Voz ft. Jorge Drexler, Ana Tijoux
  5. Silvio Rodriguez, El Necio
  6. Sara Curruchich ft. Amparo Sánchez, Ixoqi’ 
  7. Joan Manuel Serrat, Cantares
  8. Gil Scott-Heron, Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  9. Nina Simone, I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
  10. Mercedes Sosa, El tiempo es veloz

Revolutionary Playlist Episode 1: By Francesca Recchia

By Francesca Recchia

25 April 2021

With others – for me

A celebration, a collective blessing – and the quest for self that finds its meaning in political passion.

Personal redemption and collective solidarity, the confirmation of who I am materializes through the commitment to a united fight for kindness and justice.

The revolutionary playlist is a collective, continuous musical reflection on the transformative power of change and revolution.


The Playlist

  1. Khumaiyaan, Tamasha
  2. Mercedes Sosa, Gracias a la vida
  3. Vinicio Capossela, Ovunque proteggi
  4. Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, What I am
  5. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Redemption songs
  6. Modena City Ramblers, Contessa
  7. Giovanna Marini, Combattete lavoratori
  8. CCCP – Fedeli alla linea, Spara Jurij
  9. Linton Kwesi Johnson, Fite them back
  10. Inti Illimani, El pueblo unido

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