Friday, September 21, 2012

Massive Attack: Remembering artists who respect the boycott

Robert "3D" Del Naja ("D")
Grant "Daddy G" Marshall ("G")
It was two years ago this September that Massive Attack courageously voiced support for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and refrained from performing in apartheid Israel.
Robert "3D" del Naja, stated in the New Statesman, that the boycott is the only way forward, and added "It's a good thing to aim for because it applies the continual pressure that's needed."
Del Naja qualifies the cultural boycott as being "not an action of aggression towards the Israeli people" but "towards the [Israeli] government and its policies", arguing that "the Palestinians [in Israel] have no access to the same fundamental benefits that the Israelis do."

In 2010, the band had just released Heligoland, and Paradise Circus became an instant hit, and was certified Platinum.  The album Heligoland topped music charts in Belgium, France, Poland, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany.  It reached to an impressive No. 6 in the UK.  There are over 11 million views on the youtube version of the hit single Paradise Circus.  The income that the band made from having their music (Paradise Circus) featured in a car commercial for Lincoln Continental Cars, USA, was donated to efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill disaster   

Massive Attack's groundbreaking blend of hip hop, dub reggae, techno and rock revolutionized Britain's dance club scene in the early ‘90s and gave birth to the trip-hop sound that would eventually be popularized by such acclaimed artists as Portishead, Björk and Sneaker Pimps. All Massive Attack's albums to date are certified platinum and feature a dynamic roster of vocalists including Elizabeth Fraser, Horace Andy, Tracey Thorn and Sinead O'Connor.