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Culture Strong by L-FRESH The LION – YouTube Creators for Change

Culture Strong by L-FRESH The LION – YouTube Creators for Change


My entire journey of music has been and
is, currently, my determination to revive the quality of Sikh music, like even
though all of our, kind of, spiritual guidance is set in music. Back then all
of our conversations were set in music. That’s now coming back as Sikhs get their
voices again. Hip Hop became the medium by which I was
able to get a better understanding of myself. It became the pathway for me to really connect with my culture and tradition
and legacy in a very meaningful way. When you live in a country that’s foreign to
your Motherland it’s not so much about you know, there being racial
discrimination but it’s also like what’s the byproduct of that comes
with this sense of looking for your identity and searching for your identity
but also losing touch with the things that were from the Motherland. So stuff
like losing language in the face of those challenges; this is what we’re
losing. It’s not just about, you know – hey you look different and make you feel
like s*** because of it. A lot of my childhood was trying to just figure out my place
and trying to figure out where I belonged. When I first came into making
music I was still running away from myself and it wasn’t until after high
school when I took a trip to Punjab with my family. I went to the Harmandir Sahib. It’s
an amazing space. Literally a golden temple sitting on a body of water in the
middle of this this city (Amritsar). It felt like a ball of light or fire in my chest just
exploding. I was just like… I didn’t even know I was crying. I had tears down my face. I didn’t even know and, you know, until I was like “Am I crying? Why am I?” You know, I couldn’t explain it and it wasn’t a sense of like happiness. It wasn’t a
sense of sadness. I don’t know maybe the best word I can think of is
inspiration. I remember so vividly walking out of
the Harmandir Sahib complex after that and just being like “I know what I need to do
now when I go back home.” Diving into Hip Hop music brought me a
connection to Sikhi that I never thought was even possible. In all honesty, I’m
the most average student of music. It’s just that determination to maybe
someday look back and see Sikhs relish in that music again. So we started teaching
a few years ago. It’s actually been quite incredible in the sense that so many
students are actually learning sincerely. There’s a difference between just
learning what you’re hearing and there’s a difference between trying your level
best to delve within the music and the art. That’s what bears fruit and
hopefully everyone that’s learning then passes on that same culture to their
immediate family and their nephews and offspring and all that kind of stuff
and that cultural resurgence occurs again. When you begin to take away a
people’s culture, you start the process of taking them away from their
language, their art and all the things that make them proud and passionate of who
they are. And when you start to feed them with this belief that what they have is
not as great as what we have, you start that process. Then they’ll continue
it on their own. So the byproduct of like this negativity is like: we’ve missed
three generations of artistry… like we lost it all, and now we’re having
to revive it. And we’re in this beautiful place of like we recognize and
appreciate the immense value and how much it means to, not just us, but the
world to have a culture and a culture of art be revived. It was absolutely detrimental to us but what now? What are we gonna do? Are we gonna
sit here and be like “aw this happened, that happened” No, no! We’re the exact opposite of
that. And now learning those things again and reviving them again. The next
generation now and the generation after the kind of confidence that they are
growing up with; the confidence they have within Sikh poetry and Sikh art; you can’t
shake that. They don’t really bother with these kind of criticisms that you’re
talking about. They just brush it straight off. Because they know what they have.
They know what they’re worth. (Giving instructions in Punjabi language)
Translation: It’s much faster What lai (tempo) is that? Play that.
(Manbir singing the notes) So some people are playing a sarangi…
but like, what you’re about to pull up is like a bunch of different instruments
that are used traditionally in Sikh music, some of which rarely get used
today. The significance of that is like those instruments are so hard to learn.
(laughs) You know what I mean?
Sergio: “I can imagine.”
They’re so hard to learn. Our understanding of it, it’s in 3/4 timing but it’s in six umm… It’s called dadra. So it’s in 6 beats. They had this bit, where it was like a breakdown
section. It was like stabs almost. It’s like: (mimics melody line) Just going real basic to start with.
Yeah yeah. He’s saying “shabash” which means like “well done”, “good job”. Celebrations. Congratulations. Salutations.
Thanks for your patience. We cause more rackets than tennis teams
It seems, we some of the baddest you ever seen ya, ya, ya, ya know the deal
It’s The LION on the track and I’m going for the kill (song playing back through the speakers)
Celebrations. Congratulations. Salutations. Thanks for your patience. (laughs) Sounds good. It sounds completely different to what I ever would have thought that it’s gonna sound like. It’s like a lapse of knowledge that I’ve don’t have in the middle, to see how that (yeah)
changed in to this because it’s completely different domains. (Yeah)
Just keeping that “shabash”… (laughs) It kind of works like a bit of encouragement every two bars. When you were showing me things like: “this is what I
have picked up on my journey so far”, I’m like wow man! Like I just feel like
another tiny piece of me is coming back, you know. Sikhs and Punjabis,
they’ve been given this caricature that this is who you are; you’re boxed
in this. What starting to happen now is as everyone’s trying to realize the depth
of Sikh intellectual thought, the depth of Sikh poetry, the depth of Sikh music;
the more people bring this to the forefront and the more people delve in
it, that’s the only way to kind of jump out of these boxes that Sikhs and Punjabis
have been kind of pushed into after the Partition. Now what’s happening is with
the resurgence of art, because art is the only thing that can do this, we’re kind
of exploding out of those boxes again. Who’s ever boxed a Punjabi, man?
(Speaks in Punjabi)
Translation: It’s not possible. That’s the underlying, kind of, resurgence that’s happening right now that’s
propelling this conversation, propelling these projects, propelling all these
students learning, and taking interest in Sikh history. This is who we are. We have
our own art form. We’re poets. We’re musicians. So I think that’s happening right now
and it’s just exciting to be part of that.

100 comments on “Culture Strong by L-FRESH The LION – YouTube Creators for Change

  1. You can express your culture and people say “good for you”, but I am mainly European and people look down upon me for my skin color and don’t think that I have tradition and culture too. – I come from a “progressive city”

  2. How can someone being open and sharing something so beautiful attract the most closed minded people? He doesn't need to fit the dominant narrative of Australia or please the ones who espouse it. He already is an Australian and he's definitely contributing more to our nation than people who sit there posting toxic crap in YouTube comment sections. If you think demanding people do as you tell them is in any way Aussie, you need to reevaluate.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story. As a Native American woman, I understand how it feels to lose your culture due to oppression…and how it feels to bring it back.

  4. I just listened to racist/our world. Gave me Outlandish vibes, I wish they didn't disband. Listen to their album 'closer than veins' and 'bread and barrels of water'.

  5. Just watched all of this, this is sick! I loved it. I'm a British Muslim, but still I found it uplifting and inspiring somehow. Positivity breeds positivity.

  6. I come to YouTube to watch stupid comedy after a long day’s of work, not to have YouTube’s social and political beliefs thrown at my face. I usually would just use a different product, but Google and PayPal have a monopoly and are deplatformimg Gab, Minds, and other alternatives to YouTube.

  7. I'm so disappointed with some of the comments that I'm seeing on here. This video has a positive message and yet it is attracting such hateful comments. We are all immigrants in Canada, America, the UK and Australia. You can't expect someone to completely disregard their cultural roots when they migrate to another country. At the end of the day, we're all human, so why should it matter if we have different cultures, religions or practices?

  8. "Never Gonna Give You Up"

    We're no strangers to love
    You know the rules and so do I
    A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
    You wouldn't get this from any other guy

    I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
    Gotta make you understand

    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    We've known each other for so long
    Your heart's been aching, but
    You're too shy to say it
    Inside, we both know what's been going on
    We know the game and we're gonna play it

    And if you ask me how I'm feeling
    Don't tell me you're too blind to see

    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    (Ooh, give you up)
    (Ooh, give you up)
    Never gonna give, never gonna give
    (Give you up)
    Never gonna give, never gonna give
    (Give you up)

    We've known each other for so long
    Your heart's been aching, but
    You're too shy to say it
    Inside, we both know what's been going on
    We know the game and we're gonna play it

    I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
    Gotta make you understand

    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

  9. L fresh bhaji what is the name of that track you were recording..please i need that in my life. Ps. If you title it shabash that'd be awesome. Sat sri akal

  10. Wow nobody cares about cave man cultures anymore that shits only ever held us back. Preach open mindedness but practice such opposites hmmm…..

  11. I dont understand the arguement in the comment section. Its not racism… then what is it? Whats the racket? Either you agree with cultural tolerance or you dont. There is no middle ground! Unless that culture has practices which directly break the laws of the country, which Tbh most cultures are quite reasonable because all these cultures are human afterall, i mean think about it

  12. Multiculturalism is the biggest disaster ever. In Australia we have had to reform to adapt to these people culture yet they feel threatened that they are losing their culture. In retrospect this race still has their culture back in their own country whilst white Europeans and Anglo Saxons are all together disappearing as other races are taking over the world despite being a majority and having culture in their native countries. These kind of people have no clue how they are part of race destroying other cultures and races!!

  13. Just letting readers know. They are pushing this ad hard, use to have like 80% dislikes, but this is either a re-upload or they reset it. Might be why there is only 2k likes or dislikes. In any case YouTube is ramming this down our throat

  14. Wishing you all the best on your journey L, so grateful to have known & been mentored by you at a time where I was discovering my passion for music.. all the best brutha..👍💯

  15. They will contribute a lot to any culture(infect every religion excluding bad men in every religion) They know how to contribute. A pholosiphy praying wellness for all.

  16. Yeah no thanks.. kind of like my country the way it is huh… don't want to grow a beard… don't want to dress in black… don't want women to cover up… don't want to go back to supernatural thinking… don't want to be told what i can say and who i can say it too… don't want to be judged on identity or religions. … yeah big FUCKEN NO THANKS😆

  17. Born in South West Sydney you're Aussie mate, adapt and prosper, the reason most people immigrate here are our western way of life full of opportunity. Don't try make Australia something it's not, if so you're never going to feel like you belong.

  18. This is anti-white at its core. Western people are being told all over the world that it is good for them to accept outsiders and become minorities. We are being brainwashed to accept our own demise and that we are evil bigots for not simply handing our countries over to the rest of the world because of my ancestors actions.

  19. This guy seems fake. More insecure of his sikh roots more than anything. I'm indian and sikh and I don't push my sikh agenda all the time

  20. Its the responsibility of the develop nations to inhibit the people of developing nations who are not able to provide full and decent employment to the people.Muticulturism is the biggest virtue in world. We have been living very peacely in Punjab.People face discrimination in their own countries also but its magnitude differs.Developed countries should not run of their responsibilities.

  21. Bro there’s a lot of negativity here. I get it, I hate left wing propaganda too, I’m a pretty staunch right leaner – but I’m also from a family of WHITE immigrants to Australia, and I would not accept being asked to blend or change my culture in order to live in Australia; luckily that was never required due to what I believe to be my ethnicity. But Fresh makes wicked tracks and I love that he reps his culture, at the end of the day; the only culture that exists as Australian is either indigenous or sourced externally anyway.

  22. Loosing language and religion😂 if you don’t want to loose that then don’t move countries. Stop moving to other country’s and still using your own religions you want to move to another country then use there rules and there religion. Don’t like it move back to your own country

  23. It’s all about software…consider for a moment that we are all born with the same hardware….completely equal…now consider that 2 different people have used their software in a increasingly different ways. while one searches the web for science programs, the other searches for national identity crisis (for example), When enough time has passed and these two hardwares (people) are revisited… the examiner will find the 2 almost unrecognizable. In short the early upbringing we receive UNFORTUNATELY determines 90% of our world outlook.

    Hence, the lower strata of Western culture which has largely abandoned nuclear families with the main focus of bringing up educated and successful offspring. Many don’t even know nor have they met their fathers. UNTHINKABLE in Asian culture!!!!

    Likewise, immigrants who REFUSE to assimilate in attire, linguistically, and culturally are self handicapping them self, just as the ignorant trash are having child after child on benefits..,.only to assure society cheap future labor and boundless social problems.

    Asian immigrants should respect their hosts by assimilating, while continuing to adhering to their value system ( hard work, education and family)….REMEMBER during hardship only a altruistic society will share their resources with a non-clan member. It is only correct and prudent that we (I am an Indian) not make more demands in our host.

    “WHEN YOU DRINK WATER, APPRECIATE THE WELL”

  24. Totally agree, we should all just separate and join a tribe and fight other groups of ethnicity.

    Fuck we need a reason fresh, were "oppressed"

  25. These dudes act like someone robbed them of their culture.
    The only ones that robbed them of their culture were thier parents or
    Grandparents who CHOSE to move from India to another country
    With a different culture…. Morons….

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