Quiet “Background” Musician for Summit Between Obama and Other World Leaders Instead Tells Them (For 45 Minutes): “Your Thievery Has Left the People None … We Occupy [Until] You Do the Bidding of the Many, Not the Few”

Popular Hawaiian musician Makana was invited to sing for President Obama, Chinese leader Hu Jintao of China, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and more than a dozen other heads of state as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gala in Hawaii.

Makana was only supposed to provide quiet Hawaiian background music.

Instead, he played – for 45 minutes straight – the “Occupy” song he had just written – “We Are the Many” – forcefully telling the 1% to their face that the 99% will keep protesting and occupying until we win:

Your thievery has left the people none … We occupy the streets. We occupy the courts. We occupy the offices of you, ’til you do the bidding of the many, not the few.

Please watch “We Are the Many”:

Here is some footage of Makana actually playing to the world leaders, and his “post-game” comments:

Makana’s musical action was assisted by the activist pranksters the Yes Men, who note:

The gala was the most secure event of the summit. It was held inside the Hale Koa hotel, a 72-acre facility owned and controlled by the US Defense Department; the site was fortified with an additional three miles of fencing constructed solely for the APEC summit.

As a songwriter myself (see this and this), I think I know good music when I hear it. With spot on lyrics (he gets it), and music which is young, fresh and energetic – yet faithfully follows the folk protest traditions of Pete Singer, Woody Gutherie, Bob Dylan and others – I believe this could the first real anthem of the Occupy movement.

Note: The lyrics – as quoted by ABC News and others – were incorrect.  I have updated the post to reflect the correct lyrics.

Big hat tip to Carl Herman.

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  • PLT

    The times they are a changing. That he overcame his fear of singing his song, then after a first verse continued with another while the audience continued dining in ignorance of the lyrics, is a great metaphor for this Occupy movement. Ignore it at your own risk. It is bringing together those who have never made their voices heard, it is bringing together members of the military, the (former) middle class, the media, students, employed and unemployed. Change takes time, it will happen. 800k customers leaving the too big to exist banks and moving their accounts to credit unions is change we can believe in.

    • Eddie from D.C.

      I wonder if you’re prepared to die? Thats how serious this is.

  • John Cochrane

    A powerful message. Keep standing. Stay strong. Peace.

  • Eddie from D.C.

    Way to go, Aloha, bud! I hope you realize that the times are here where you better be afraid. The key is to move forward like this guy, under fire. Don’t let these corporatist fascists win.

  • Pat

    The FEDeral Reserve [a Private Corporation-few know this] is Owned by the Big banks US and European. The FED gives Our money to those Banks.
    –No money gets to Main St.–Small Businesses make 70% of jobs–
    –Those small businesses get their capital from pensioners and middle class savers CD’s in local/regional banks and credit unions-
    -Those savings are wiped out by FED zero interest rate policy of Greenspan and Bernanke–
    –Until Interest rates normalize at 4-5% and people can save again–THERE CANNOT BE ANY JOBS INCREASE…SO–
    EVERYONE TAKE YOUR MONEY OUT OF THE BIG BANKS NOW AND SAVE WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT–THEN THEY CANNOT GAMBLE ON DERIVATIVES WITH YOUR MONEY–[RESTORE THE GLASS STEAGALL ACT]–
    –PUT YOUR MONEY IN LOCAL/REGIONAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS WHERE IT CAN CREATE JOBS–
    *****LOBBY TO END THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL, CROOKED FED—–
    **send this viral–

  • Joe

    It is about claSS WARFARE ON A GLOBAL SCALE UNDER THE GUISE OF A ONE WORLD ECONOMY. I doubt this will go through because information is one thing that is conrolled to manipulate the world masses. This is a repeat of human history as started in the beginning of human kind. Greed is the one human emotional culpret that that will not end until the destruction of the human race is achieved. Wars, slavery and control of all resources and class conflict will determine the final end of this great creation called the human race

 

 

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