Border Blaster

S6 E10 | FULL EPISODE

Catharsis

"Catharsis" features music videos from U.S. rapper of Nigerian heritage Tobe Nwigwe, French-Chilean singer Ana Tijoux, U.S. group Khruangbin, South African guitarist Sibusile Xaba, Icelandic singer Kristín Anna, Japanese duo Young Juvenile Youth, and Puerto Rican artist Bairoa.

AIRED: November 10, 2018 | 0:26:20
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[GULLS SQUAWKING]

[RADIO STATIC]

[MAN SPEAKING SPANISH]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[WOMAN SINGING, INDISTINCT]

ANNOUNCER: "BORDER BLASTER,"

SOULFUL MUSICAL AND VISUAL

TRAVELS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

IN THIS EPISODE,

RAPPER TOBE NWIGWE TIPS HIS HAT

TO HIS NIGERIAN HERITAGE;

FRENCH-CHILEAN SINGER

ANA TIJOUX TAKES OVER

A COLORFUL STREET FESTIVAL;

KHRUANGBIN REVISIT

PRE-REVOLUTIONARY IRAN THROUGH

CLASSIC TV FOOTAGE;

SOUTH AFRICAN GUITARIST

SIBUSILE XABA SHARES HIS

TRIBUTE TO THE WORKING CLASS;

ICELANDIC SINGER KRISTIN ANNA

CREATES A CATHARTIC BONFIRE ON

A BLASTED LANDSCAPE;

JAPANESE DUO YOUNG JUVENILE

YOUTH SPIKES AND SPLICES

SINGER YUKI MATSUDA'S FACE;

AND PUERTO RICAN POLYMATH

BAIROA TAKES A MOMENT TO SOAK

IN THE OCEAN

ON "BORDER BLASTER."

TOBE NWIGWE: ♪ LOOK, TWO THINGS

MY MAMA WARNED ME NEVER TO DO

WAS STEAL OR GET DROPPED

YUP, MY PARTNERS GOT IT OUT

THE MUD, SO THEY ROCK BANDS LIKE

SLIPKNOT, MAYBE KID ROCK

EITHER WAY IT GOES, THEY SHOW

THEY GETTING GUAP, WHY?

BECAUSE THEY DROPPED UP OUT OF

SCHOOL AND ROCK SOME JEWELS

THAT COVER WHAT TUITION COSTS

OH, YUP, I KNOW THAT IT'S SAD

BUT EVERYBODY TRYIN' TO FILL

A VOID, HELL, EVEN ME

I TRY TO BLOW THE DOUGHDY

WITH MY WODIE

ALL I GOT WAS PARANOID

THAT WAS BACK WHEN I WAS KIND OF

CHUBBY, HUNG WITH WILD CATS

NO KENTUCKY, I'VE CRASHED

TOO MANY BEATS IN A ROW FOR YOU

THINK I'M GETTING LUCKY

CAN'T YOU SEE THE FLOW IS

GOD-GIVEN?

BOPPERS SEE THAT HE GOT GOD

IN HIM, SO THEY FREQUENTLY SLIDE

IN MY DMs AND OFFER RAW KITTEN

I DON'T TRIP, IT AIN'T TEMPTING

WE BOTH BEEN PRAYING

FROM A DISTANCE

WELL, I PRAY FOR 'EM

THEY PRAY ON ME

WE JUST PRAY A LITTLE DIFFERENT

OH

HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE

RAIN BLESSED DOWN OVER ME

DK TOOK HIS OWN LIFE

I TRULY HOPE THERE'S A HEAVEN

FOR A G

WHERE YOU DON'T NEED WEAPONS

FOR THE PEACE

ONLY INTERCESSION

FOR THE STREETS

'CAUSE EVERY SONG ON THE RADIO

SOUND LIKE THEY GOT DEPRESSION

ON REPEAT

EWU, EWU, I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: USELESS GOAT

TOBE: EWU, EWU, I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: LOOK AT

TOBE: THEY NO IMPRESS ME

HOW THEY TALK, I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: I'M NOT IMPRESSED

TOBE: THEY NO IMPRESS ME

HOW THEY TALK, I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: I'M NOT IMPRESSED

TOBE: OOH, OR MAYBE IT'S ME

MAYBE BIG TOBE GROWN OLD

THIS THAT CAN'T STOP

WON'T STOP B.I.G., P. DIDDY

COMBS' FLOW

I BRIDGE CONNECTIONS

LIKE A PHONE POLE

APPLY THE PRESSURE LIKE A FOAM

ROLL, THESE FAKE RAPPERS ONLY

FLIP BIRDS ON TV

THAT'S STONE COLD

OOH, AND THEY SHOOTING

ARTIFICIAL Ks

WHERE I'M FROM, THEY WOULD

PULL UP WITH TOOLS AND HOP OUT

ON A CAR LIKE YOU CALLED

TRIPLE A

OOH, YEAH, WHY ME, LORD?

WHY ME?

I DON'T KNOW WHY I CRASH

EVERY BEAT

I JUST DO IT LIKE NIKE

FAT MADE ME HIT MY KNEE BOPPERS

TRYIN' TO KICK IT LIKE TAI CHI

BUT THERE'S NO BEN E. KING

OVER HERE

CAN'T NO THOTTIES STAND BY ME

OOH, GOOGLE THE SONG

BEN E KING WROTE "STAND BY ME"

MOVE IT ALONG

EWU, EWU, I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: USELESS GOAT!

TOBE: EWU, EWU I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: LOOK AT

TOBE: THEY NO IMPRESS ME

HOW THEY TALK

I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: I'M NOT IMPRESSED

TOBE: THEY NO IMPRESS ME

HOW THEY TALK, I'M THE EWU JOH

MAN: I'M NOT IMPRESSED

OOH, OOH, OOH, OOH

NOT AN ABSOLUTIST OR CONFUCIUS

I JUST HEAR A BEAT

AND INFUSE IT WITH PSALMS

I ASSUME THE REASON

THEY FOOL WITH THE MUSIC IS

BECAUSE IT'S INFLUENCED BY GOD

OOH

YEAH

EVERY BAR I SPIT IS GOSPEL

LOW-KEY, EXTRA HOLY PENTECOSTAL

TRYIN' TO COP A ROLLIE

AND A CASTLE

GIVE IT TO THE HOMIE ON

THE BLOCK SO HE DON'T HAVE TO

SHOW ME THAT HE HUSTLE

ALL THAT DOUGHDY SOLELY

FOR THAT KNOT BRO

THAT'S THE PEDAGOGY OF

THE NOT SO

YEAH

FORTUNATE THE FORCE IS

WITH THOSE WHO DON'T HANG AROUND

LIKE ORNAMENTS, I BRING

THE SPIRIT LIKE AN ORGANIST

FAKE RAPPERS FOLD LIKE

CONTORTIONISTS

PROBABLY 'CAUSE THEY ALL

MY SUBORDINATES, TRYIN' TO

BUILD UP ENOUGH SUPPORT

AGAINST

MUMBLE RAP ♪

[CHUCKLES]

NAH, I'M LYING.

I LIKE MUMBLE RAP, TOO.

[ANA TIJOUX'S "SOMOS SUR"

BEGINS]

[LYRICS SUNG IN SPANISH AND

ARABIC HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED

INTO ENGLISH]

ANA TIJOUX: ♪ YOU TELL US

WE SHOULD SIT DOWN

BUT IDEAS CAN ONLY LIFT US

WALKING, TOURING, NOT GIVING UP

OR BACKING DOWN, WATCHING

LEARNING LIKE A SPONGE

ABSORBING

NO ONE LEFT, ALL ARE MISSING

ALL ADD UP, EVERYONE

FOR EVERYONE EVERYTHING

FOR US THEY ARE

WE DREAM BIG THAT THE EMPIRE

MAY FALL

WE SHOUT ALOUD

THERE'S NO OTHER CURE

THIS IS NOT UTOPIA

IT'S JOYOUS REBELLION

THE DANCE OF THE LEFTOVERS

THE DANCE OF YOU AND I

TIME TO RISE UP

TO SAY ENOUGH ALREADY

NOT AFRICA, NOR LATIN AMERICA

ARE AUCTIONED

WITH MUD, WITH HELMET

WITH PENCIL

KICK OUT THE FIASCO

PROVOKE A SOCIAL EARTHQUAKE

IN THIS PUDDLE ♪

[INDISTINCT CHANTING]

[LYRICS SUNG IN SPANISH AND

ARABIC HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED

INTO ENGLISH]

ANA: ♪ ALL THE SILENCED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SUBJUGATED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE INVISIBLES

ALL, ALL, ALL

MEN: ALL

ANA: ALL THE SILENCED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SUBJUGATED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE INVISIBLES

ALL, ALL, ALL

MEN: ALL!

ANA: NIGERIA

BOLIVIA

CHILE, PUERTO RICO

AND TUNISIA

ALGERIA

VENEZUELA, GUATEMALA

NICARAGUA, MOZAMBIQUE

COSTA RICA, CAMEROON

CONGO, CUBA, SOMALIA

MEXICO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

TANZANIA

YANKEE, GET OUT OF LATIN AMERICA

FRENCH, BRITISH, AND DUTCH

I WANT YOU FREE

SHADIA MANSOUR: GIVE ME

GIVE ME, GIVE ME THE MIC

AND SING

SINGING IS THE MOTHER

OF WORLD LANGUAGES

IT HOLDS OUR EXISTENCE

AND IT HOLDS OUR ROOT

TO GREATER SYRIA, AFRICA

AND LATIN AMERICA

I'M WITH ANITA TIJOUX

I STAND WITH THOSE WHO SUFFER

NOT WITH THOSE WHO PRETEND

I'M WITH CULTURE, RESISTANCE

I FORGIVE AND FORGIVE

AND FORGIVE

AND MY BANK DECLARED BANKRUPTCY

AT KNOWLEDGE OF THE DAY

THE SITUATION HAD TO BE CURED

BUT THEN THE SITUATION NEEDED

TO BE DETERRED

IF YOU CAN FREE SETTLEMENTS

A LOT OF HANDS WANT

TO HANDSHAKE YOURS

THOUSAND "K", THOUSAND "R"

THE HOME OF WEAPONS

NEEDS TO BE DESTROYED

LET'S GO BACK TO REALITY

ANA: ALL THE SILENCED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SUBJUGATED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE INVISIBLES

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL, ALL, ALL

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SILENCED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SUBJUGATED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE INVISIBLES

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL, ALL, ALL

LOOTING, TRAMPLING

COLONIZATION

MATIAS CATRILEO, WALLMAPU

A THOUSAND TIMES WE'LL WIN

FROM THE SKY TO THE EARTH

AND FROM THE EARTH TO THE SKY

LET'S GO

J-J-J-J-J-JUMPING

LITTLE WHITE HORSE

RETURN TO YOUR TOWN

WE ARE NOT AFRAID

WE HAVE LIFE AND FIRE

FIRE IN OUR HANDS

FIRE IN OUR EYES

WE HAVE SO MUCH LIFE

AND THIS RED-COLORED STRENGTH

THE GIRL MARIA

DOESN'T WANT YOUR PUNISHMENT

SHE WILL LIBERATE HERSELF

WITH PALESTINIAN EARTH

WE ARE AFRICANS

LATIN AMERICANS

WE ARE THIS SOUTH

AND WE JOIN OUR HANDS

ALL THE SILENCED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SUBJUGATED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE INVISIBLES

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL, ALL, ALL

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SILENCED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE SUBJUGATED

MEN: ALL!

ANA: ALL THE INVISIBLES

MEN: ALL!

ALL!

MEN: HEY, HEY ♪

[INDISTINCT CHANTING]

[KHRUANGBIN'S "MARIA TAMBIEN"

BEGINS]

MAN: PERSIA IS MOVING UP IN THE

WORLD, AND ALONG WITH IT HAS

COME A NEW FREEDOM OF

EXPRESSION.

MAN 2: TEHRAN IS A MODERN CITY--

MAN 1: VIVIDLY LEANING MORE WEST

THAN EAST.

THE MINISKIRT IS HERE, AND ALONG

WITH IT HAS COME A NEW FREEDOM

OF EXPRESSION.

[RHYTHMIC CLAPPING]

[RHYTHMIC CLAPPING]

[RHYTHMIC CLAPPING]

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

[SIBUSILE XABA'S

"OPEN LETTER TO ADONIAH" BEGINS]

[SOME WORDS SUNG IN ZULU HAVE

BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH]

SIBUSILE XABA: ♪ EE, YEAH, YEAH

I'M WORKING, WORKING

FOR MY CHILDREN

FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING

FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

I'M WORKING

FOR MY CHILDREN

AND THEIR CHILDREN

AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR

MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR

MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN

AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR

MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN

AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN

AND THEIR CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN

I'M WORKING FOR MY CHILDREN

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

MM-HMM, MM, I'M WORKING

FOR MY CHILDREN

I'M WORKING FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN ♪

[CONTINUES IN ZULU]

I'M WORKING FOR MY CHILDREN

MY CHILDREN

AND THEIR CHILDREN... ♪

[KRISTIN ANNA'S

"FOREVER LOVE" BEGINS]

KRISTIN ANNA: ♪ THE SPELL I CAST

TO GET YOU TO LOVE ME

COMES DOWN SO FAST

LIKE HOW LIGHTNING STRIKES

THE SKY

AND STAYS SO LONG

IT'S A PICTURE

THAT HAS BEEN DRAWN

IT CATCHES FIRE

AND IT'S BURNING

FOREVER

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH OOH

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH OOH

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH

IN A FRENZY, SAYING

WHAT THE ...

THE FOREST SHIELDS

THAT WHAT OTHERS THINK

OUR BODIES NAKED

ARE MOVING TO THE DEEP BEAT

THAT SHAKES THE GROUND

COMING FROM AFAR

AND HERE BETWEEN US

IS BURNING FOREVER

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH OOH

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH

FOREVER LOVE

OOH OOH ♪

["ANIMATION" BY YOUNG JUVENILE

YOUTH BEGINS]

YUKI MATSUDA: ♪ I'D LIKE TO BE

BY MYSELF

I DON'T HATE YOU

JUST WANT TO BE ALONE

[LYRICS SUNG IN JAPANESE

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH]

I'D LIKE TO BE BY MYSELF

I DON'T HATE YOU

I JUST WANT

TO BE ALONE

DEMONS INSIDE ME

ARE HUNTING ME DOWN

I DON'T KNOW

HOW TO GET THEM OUT

OF ME

RUN AWAY

RUNNING AWAY

RUN AWAY

RUNNING AWAY

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

COME PLAY WITH ME

SO YOU WILL BE ANIMATED

AN-AN-AN-AN...

COME STAY WITH ME

SO YOU WILL BE SAFE

IN HANDS

SAFE, SAFE, SAFE...

I HEAR TIDE AGAIN

INSIDE

INSIDE, INSIDE, INSIDE...

I HATE TO BE LIKE YOU

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT

JUST WANT YOU OUT OF MY LIFE

I HATE...

I HATE TO BE LIKE YOU

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT

I JUST WANT YOU

OUT OF MY LIFE

DEMONS INSIDE ME

ARE LAUGHING OUT LOUD

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET THEM

OUT OF ME

RUN AWAY

RUNNING AWAY

RUN AWAY

RUNNING AWAY

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

COME PLAY WITH ME

SO YOU WILL BE LIKE ME

LIKE, LIKE, LIKE...

COME STAY WITH ME

SO YOU WILL BE STUCK FOREVER

STUCK, STUCK...

NOW YOU ARE

SHOWING YOURSELF

SELF, SELF, SELF...

YOU KNOW

I CAN'T KILL YOU

YOU ARE

PART OF ME

YOU KNOW

I CAN'T KILL YOU

YOU ARE

PART OF ME

YEAH, Y-Y-YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, Y-Y-YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, YEAH

YEAH, YEAH

TAKE MY HANDS

FACE TO ME

I DON'T WANT YOU

GOING AWAY ♪

[SEA GULLS CALLING]

[VOCAL SAMPLES]

BAIROA: ♪ BARLOVENTO...

[INDISTINCT VOCALS]

BARLOVENTO... ♪

[INDISTINCT VOCALS]

[GULLS SQUAWKING]

[RADIO STATIC]

[MAN SPEAKING SPANISH]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[WOMAN SINGING, INDISTINCT]

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