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The words of Martin Luther King Jr. set to an African and Indian/South Asian influenced Hip Hop beat. The track is set as a free download, though I have a limited number of free downloads to give on this account a month.


The part of the "I Have a Dream" speech used here is the most well known part of the speech but the whole speech is well worth knowing. The speech was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. August 28, 1963. Here is a quote from the lesser know parts of this landmark speech:

"In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. "


released January 1, 2005
Words by Martin Luther King Jr. Drums, beats and arrangement by James Whetzel.

Here is a link to a video of the whole speech:

And a link to the full text:




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James Whetzel Seattle, Washington

Innovative sarod player, palm wine guitarist, beat maker, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, part-time throat singer, composer, producer, recording engineer, teacher.

DJ for the International Fountain at Seattle Center. Part of Mean Deep with Deepayan Acharjya AKA Shree Dee. Part of Das Dhoom with Shree Dee & Sebastian Lange. Guitarist for palm wine group Who Is John Smith with Yaw Amponsah
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