Toki Wright provides soundtrack for Trayvon Martin rally [Playlist]

Left: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy Bike
Left: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy Bike
Photos by B Fresh Photography

Among the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a soundtrack to the day's events with help from TK from Tipsy Bike, who transported the fully-loaded stereo bike along the protest route, and suggestions from his social media circle. "Music is what carries movements to the masses," Wright asserts.

The two-hour march and rally came following a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman on murder charges following the fatal shooting Trayvon Martin, but the day's narrative also involved the local death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin.

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Wright was quick to step up with MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) to organize a rally for the Twin Cities community, and nearly 3,000 people registered on their Facebook.

Toki Wright provides soundtrack for Trayvon Martin rally [Playlist]
Photo by B Fresh Photography

The march was led by children holding a fabric sign that read "Stop Targeting Youth." Thousands of peaceful protesters followed, claiming the streets by working their way down Nicollet Mall and then up Hennepin Avenue. "No Justice. No Peace" echoed between the buildings as the music played, and attendees spread the overwhelming message of justice for all, holding more signs stating "End Racism," "Black Lives Matter" and "End White Supremacy." The music gave relief at times, for the protesters to simply pause chanting for a moment, and hold their fists high in the air to the sounds of Public Enemy's "Fight The Power."

Toki was there, shoulder to shoulder, with the people to deliver. "The key to effective movements is good communication," Wright says. "I want to make sure that while we are expressing our anger and frustration, we can also laugh, dance, and enjoy being in each other's company."

Here's the playlist from the day, linked on Spotify.

Trayvon Martin Protest Music Playlist

1. Marvin Gaye- "What's Going On"
2. Arrested Development- "Tennessee"
3. Fela Kuti- "Water No Get Enemy"
4. Greg Grease, "Black King Cole"
5. Brother Ali- "Tight Rope"
6. Tracy Chapman- "Across the Lines"
7. Bob Marley & The Wailers- "Exodus"
8. The Coup- "The Guillotine"
9. Dead Prez- "Hell Yeah (Pimp The System)"
10. Gil Scott-Heron- "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
11. Jimmy Cliff- "The Harder They Come"
12. 2Pac- "Changes"
13. K'NAAN- "Wavin' Flag"
14. The Doors- "Five To One"
15. M.I.A.- "Born Free"
16. Burning Spear- "Road Froggy"
17. The Roots- "Guns Are Drawn"
18. Public Enemy- "Fight The Power"
19. Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley- "Strong Will Continue"
20. Rage Against The Machine- "Killing In The Name"
21. Sam Cooke- "A Change Is Gonna Come"
22. Lauryn Hill- "Lost Ones"
23. Toki Wright- "State Of Emergency"
24. Peter Tosh- "Downpressor Man"
25. Janelle Monae- "Cold War"
26. Buju Banton- "Murderer"
27. Public Enemy- "911 Is A Joke"
28. Eric B & Rakim- "Know The Ledge"
29. Michael Franti & Spearhead- "Pray For Grace"
30. James Brown- "Say It Loud- I'm Black And I'm Proud (Pt. 1)"
31. Dead Prez- "Happiness"
32. Michael Jackson- They Don't Care About Us"
33. Bone Thugs N Harmony- "Tha Crossroads"
34. Esperanza Spalding (feat. Algebra Blessett)- "Black Gold"
35. Curtis Mayfield- "Move On Up"
36. Lauryn Hill- "Forgive Them Father"
37. Tony Allen- "Kindness"
38. Sizzla- "Solid As A Rock"
39. Sizzla- "Chant Dem Down"
40. Queen Latifah- "U.N.I.T.Y."
41. Billie Holiday- "Strange Fruit"
42. J Dilla- "So Far To Go"
43. J Dilla- "Over The Breaks"
44. J Dilla- "Won't Do"
45. King Britt- "New World In My View"
46. 813- "After Night"
47. Fela Kuti- "Everything Scatter"
48. Marcus Garvey- "Burning Spear"
49. Aswad- "Natural Progression"
50. Aswad- "African Children"
51. Black Uhuru- "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner"

The playlist concocted for the day echoes the music that will be found on Wright's Soul Tools Radio show, which is shifting to a slot on 90.3/106.7 FM KFAI on Saturday, July 27 from 9-11 p.m. and each Saturday to follow.

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