FenaxiZ – White Man’s Burden ft. JLatte [Video]
Toronto, ON – Every June 12, Filipinos across the globe commemorate their homeland’s declaration of independence from Spanish occupation in 1898. Amidst the lumpia, tinikling dances, and street parades, FenaxiZ humbly entreats his kasamas worldwide to pause for a moment of reflection and acknowledge a past mired with bloodshed, subjugation, and resistance.
Borrowing its title from the Rudyard Kipling poem about the Filipino-American war, “White Man’s Burden” is a critical analysis of the widespread effects that imperialism has wreaked upon a 7000-island archipelago once known as “The Pearl Of The Orient.” From a Labour Export Policy that seperates parents from children to the internalized racism that fuels identity issues of the youth, FenaxiZ covers many pressing issues that today’s Filipinos face; yet, he is also aware of the incomplete picture he paints as he muses, “and this rap ain’t even scratching the surface of our collective experience.”
The song was produced by the Quarter Inch Kings and features Joshua “JLatte” Lopez on guitar. The video was directed and edited by Minerva Group. More info about the video’s inspiration after the jump… along with the video itself, of course!
And while the image may be bleak, FenaxiZ adds, “If history has taught us anything, it is that Filipinos are survivors; we are a resilient people. From Lapu-Lapu to the People Power Revolution, Filipinos have resisted oppression from internal and external forces and we will continue to do so until we take our rightful place as a respected, self-sufficient, first-class prosperous nation. It may not happen in my lifetime or the next, but it will happen one day.”
“White Man’s Burden” will appear on the upcoming FenaxiZ album Vintage, slated for a July 2012 release.
Be sure to check out Fenaxiz.com.