Lokashakti Records is a nonprofit record label out of New York City founded to promote protest music from around the world. Through various initiatives we seek to fill the need in today’s music industry for a record label actively promoting innovative and incisive political and socially conscious music, wherever it may be found.
Part of a larger nonprofit organization, Lokashakti Records uses its proceeds to help fund the Lokashakti Network – a growing collection of online resources for activists working toward peace and social justice.
While as of yet we only feature one artist, Lokashakti, in time we’ll add others to our roster, deepening our commitment to music as an essential part of the struggle. We actively encourage anyone who feels they have something unique to contribute to the genre of politically driven protest music to contact us. Together we’ll help it gain strength around the world, and along with it the power of the people (the meaning of the word lokashakti).
In addition to promoting certain artists directly, other projects of ours include the following:
•A web-log called Protest Music, where we post write-ups on political and socially conscious artists, albums, songs, videos, documentaries, concerts, and anything else that catches our attention.
•An ASCAP-affiliated music publishing company, Lokashakti Music Publishing, established to channel any revenue earned by the performance of the music we’ve released toward our nonprofit organization, Lokashakti Inc.
•A nascent and developing program integrating protest music within the Lokashakti Network, the website of our nonprofit organization. This is currently being planned in several ways:
- Expanding the Lokashakti Library to include as much music related to nonviolence, peace, and social justice as we can gain permission to stream for free.
- Developing a Lokashakti Music Player on the site, designed to allow our users the ability to listen to different kinds of protest music while taking advantage of our many other resources.
- Creating an upload system whereby artists can add their own music to be included as part of the playlists that users create on the site, where everything has a chance to get heard, and the people decide which songs rise to the top.
•Future initiatives may also include efforts such as organizing community-based workshops geared towards educating young musicians and lyricists, helping raise the profile of protest music amongst the general public.