A very varied selection for you today, what a wonderful, cultured lot you are. Thanks as always for the contributions; don’t forget if you want to send in some Halloween worms, please do so by Sunday 25 October. The address for contributions is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come – goneforeign: Delroy Wilson was popular in Jamaica during the Ska era, he had an ongoing series of Studio One hits throughout his career ’til booze did him in at age 46. In 1972 Michael Manley’s People’s National Party chose Wilson’s “Better Must Come” as their election campaign song, and of course they won. That was the year that there was also an attack on Bob’s life, also politics related.
Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt – tincanman: American youth lock arms and chant “Hell no, we won’t go” but Yellowman chose a slyer method of protest in Jamaica.
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – DsD: Lordy, but I’m knackered! I seem to be doing nothing more than driving from [day]job to [sports]job to [taxi-the-kids]job to [day]job to … ad infinitum. This is my current theme tune:”And I don’t think on why I’m here or where it hurts, / I’m just lucky to have the work. / Sunday morning I’m too tired to go to church, / But I thank God for the work. / My back is numb, my hands are freezin’, / But the day will come when I’ll find a reason. / What I’m working for is something more than free”.
Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Moçambique – A Va Safy Va Lomo – goneforeign: This song has haunted me for years, it keeps recurring, it comes out of the blue – a real ear worm. I have it on two CD’s and neither has any information about it plus neither does Wiki or Google. All I can say is that it’s by Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique, a group we’ve played here before. One thing intrigues me, it’s unlike any other African music, it’s unique, just like the music of Cape Verde; the one thing that they share is their language, Portuguese, I wonder if that’s the key?
Chinnaponnu, Kailash Kher – Vethalai – Ravi Raman: This is a very old Tamil folk song where a village belle is acting coy telling her friends, I won’t go out of home, I won’t chew betel leaf (or vethalai) coz everyone will gossip about my love. In this modernised version Kailash Kher adds a Punjabi twist, saying if you won’t come out I’ll come to your home. From Coke Studio India – Season One.
Jon Gomm – The Weather Machine – AliM: One from the (many) new music promos received. Jon Gomm is an English singer-songwriter and gifted guitarist. This song is about the way Western politicians use crises in the Middle East as an excuse to sell weapons. It’s from his recent album “Live In The Acoustic Asylum”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kph8r0Rh6M8
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