Bigotry and beats don’t mix

Big up Hospitality Records for booting Mistabishi over racism

Hospital Records has kicked drum ‘n’ bass producer Mistabishi, aka James Pullen, from its label after he made a stream of racist and xenophobic comments.

Pulled for attacking London Mayor Sadiq Khan, it transpires his tirade was just the latest in a long running set of racist online remarks. Well done MixMag for highlighting the unbridled bigotry on Mistabishi’s social media.

Hospitality Records has done exactly the right thing in dropping this bigot from their label. There is no place for hate speech, racism and xenophobia in the society and certainly not in music.

Thanks also to Hospitality for their pledge to donate income received from his releases to Love Music Hate Racism. We will put it to good use, building for United Nations Anti-Racism day on 17 March, and spreading our unity message in clubs, gigs and festivals across the UK this year.

“Racism, xenophobia and bigotry have no place in our community. We are proud to be part of a diverse and tolerant community in which every person is treated as an equal no matter where they are from, their race or heritage,” says Hospitality.

That’s the message we should all be spreading.

Hospital records statement taking a stand against racism

Hospital records take a stand against racism

Lily Allen’s answer to Trump

It’s time to reprise Lily Allen’s great rendition of Rufus Wainwright’s Going to a Town from the Stand up to Trump protest back in January, which marked the US president’s inauguration.

Our friends at Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism have ripped into the US President and his Islamophobic, hate provoking, retweets.

LMHR celebrate Notting Hill Carnival with emotional tribute to Grenfell tragedy

Photo: Geoff Dexter

Love Music Hate Racism celebrated this year’s Notting Hill Carnival in style by putting on its first ever float in partnership with Smokey Joe Roadshow and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMT).

Up to a hundred people join the float procession throughout the day (Sunday 27th August) enjoying carnival classics from soca legend DJ Smokey Joe, DJ Franco and others.

The carnival has been taking place in Notting Hill since 1966 and is attended by over two million people over the bank holiday weekend. It remains an important display of multiculturalism and unity at a time when tackling racism and scapegoating remain a central challenge for our society.

Photo: Geoff Dexter

This year’s carnival had increased significance following the tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower in June. The tower block is situated just metres away from the carnival route. The Love Music Hate Racism procession marked an emotional minute’s silence to remember the dead by raising our fists in the air in solidarity with Grenfell residents.

Photo: Geoff Dexter

Notting Hill carnival was yet a again a tremendous success in what was a very challenging year for the bands, sound systems and organisers who work tirelessly to make the annual event happen.

Love Music Hate Racism’s positive message of unity and anti-racism was well received by carnival goers. It continues the tradition of the late Trinidadian Claudia Jones who organised London’s first Caribbean carnival in 1959 to bring communities together in response to widespread racism, racist attacks and the Notting Hill riots.

Email [email protected] if you would like more information on how you can get involved with the campaign.

Photo: Geoff Dexter