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David Byrne Presents: The Beautiful Shitholes

David Byrne Presents: The Beautiful Shitholes

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Los Van Van, Irakere, Lazaro Ros & Mezcla, Calle 13 ft. Silvio Rodriguez, Calle 13 and more.

Here’s a playlist that gives just the smallest sample of the depth and range of creativity that continues to pour out of the countries in Africa and the Caribbean. It is undeniable. Can music help us empathize with its makers?

For me, Trump is not the issue. We know and have known for a long time that he is racist. That is a fact, borne out by plenty of evidence. It’s not news—we know what he is.

What is truly disturbing is the Republicans who go along with this person. Their behavior makes them complicit and the same as he is...exactly the same, no difference. Remember that come voting time.

The swells in Davos too—who are happy to get rich off Trump’s policies and are more than fine supporting a racist. None of them has risen to condemn his racism and to say that this man does not represent our values as human beings.

Got that off my chest, now maybe I can listen to some music.


David Byrne





Much enjoyment while working


From a shithead, I think this shit is great! Check out the compilation of music from Zambia, Zam Rock too!

Betsey Merkel

Beautiful! Thanks so much.


Hello fellow Clevelander...from J Colm.

Truls Bärg

Just love it!

dom paradise

cool selection !

Robin Morgenweck

David, I saw you at Radio City months ago. I've been a big fan since day 1 of "Talking Heads"

Mango Nutz

This is great. Many of these tracks are the epitome of chill

Raffaele Bertone

Thanks David. Fantastic playlist! Been listening to this all week!
So many talented artists....

Tiago Uliana

The tracklist follows down below, in the player.