This week is a Goneforeign special – GF has helped keep Earworms afloat by sending over 75 worms since I took over as worm-mater, and what an eclectic choice of music. Marvellous stuff; thanks GF. If you would like to contribute some worms of your own, please forward them to email@example.com. There’s still time to send some spooky worms for the Halloween special next week.
The SAC Choir – Namhla Niyabizwa – goneforeign: South African Gospel; some of you might recognise the tune as ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’, others might recognise it as ‘When this bloody war is over’ from the trenches of WW1, [Oh what a lovely war] whichever, enjoy.
Mose Se Sengo Fan Fan – Kwala Rumba – goneforeign: Fan Fan started out playing guitar with Franco and his TP OK Jazz orch. in Zaire in the early 60’s. This cut is from his album ‘The Congo Acoustic’ .
Ali Farka Toure – Allah Uya – goneforeign: Singer/guitarist Ali in a religious mode, acknowledges the Omnipresence of Allah. Recorded in 1998 on Location in Ali’s home village of Niafunke in the middle of the Sahara on the banks of the Niger. Love the timing of the handclaps.
Dory Previn – The Hollywood Sign – goneforeign: Gina was in the kitchen fixing dinner and my iPod was on the windowsill on shuffle, this came on. She’d never heard it before and when it finished she said, “God, what a sad song!” She played it again.It’s not about Mary Cecilia, there’s much, much more, ‘A sign of disillusion?’
Joan Armatrading and Pam Nestor – City Girl – goneforeign: Another from Joan’s first album with Pam Nestor, ‘Whatever’s for us’. I’ve read that it was written by Pam and directed at newcomer Joan, ‘Be cool girl, you’re playing it too hard’.
Brenda Fassie – State of Independence – goneforeign: I love the backing on this South African tune by Brenda Fassie – ‘State of Independence’, how prescient. A 1984 12″ single by a South African group called Joy, lead by Brenda Fassie, late niece of Nelson Mandela. It was issued by Island Publishing but never became available commercially. Brenda Fassie became famous while her famous uncle was in prison on Robben Island. She died of an overdose in 2004 at the age of 39.