Trio Joubran & Roger Waters

SUPREMACY – A Response to Trump

Roger Waters: Le Trio Joubran and I have collaborated to perform an excerpt from an epic poem by the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. On the surface it narrates the last speech of The Native American to The White Man, but it speaks also to Darwish’s beloved Palestine, and its indigenous people, in fact to all victims of settler colonialism everywhere, always.

Poem – The Penultimate speech of the ‚Red Indian‘ to the white man
A long time must go by
Before our present becomes history
Just like us We will face the long march
But first We will defend the trees we wear
We will defend the bell of the night and the hanging moon over our huts
We will defend the leaping deer
And the clay of our pots
And the eagle feathers in the wings of our final songs
But soon you will erect your world on our remains
You will pave over the sacred places
To open a road to the satellite moon
This is the age of industry
The age of coal Fossils to fuel your thirst for fine wine
There are the dead and the settlements
The dead and the bulldozers
The dead and the hospitals
There are radar screens to capture the dead
Who die more than once in this life
To capture the dead who walk after death
The dead who breed the beast of civilisation
The dead who die to carry the earth
After the relics are gone
Where, oh white master, are you taking my people… and yours?

Music – Trio Joubran
Voice – Roger Waters
Poem – Mahmoud Darwish

Translation – Dr. Fady Joudah & Roger Waters
Video Director – Adnan Joubran
Music Producer – Renaud Letang
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios & Studio Ferber

Management – Karim Ghattas