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Because the coal dust makes his complexion kinda dusky, the Miner is going to steer clear of Arizona for a while, lest the Federales there mistake him for being an Un-American. And who could blame them? What, with all that foreign music he peddles...
Maybe it's time to organize a cultural boycott of Arizona. To get you in the spirit, here's an all-too-apt blast from the racist past: Let Me See Your I.D. (MP3) (Artists United Against Apartheid)
Ignace de Souza & Melody Aces ~ "Favourite Melodies"
(Blog: Electric Jive)
From the album: Asaw Fofor (mp3)
Just Like We Did Last Summer...in Benin
According to a citation on Matt Yanchyshyn's terrific blog Benn Loxo du Taccu, singer/trumpeter Ignace de Souza was the first ever performer of afrobeat. Matt is referring to liner notes by the late John Storm Roberts who released a reissue of this amazing West African twist and soul on his sorely missed Original Music label.
Mike Tingley ~ "The Abstract Prince"
Pop Goes the Oboes and Harpsichords
Californian Mike Tingley traveled to Holland in 1969 to record this his lone LP, an immensely pleasing collection of semi-mystical peace-and-love and "message" songs (check the anti-war title track) buffeted by trippy orchestral pop arrangements. Notable lyric: "I don't believe in God, his words are all in vain, his hands are made of rubber and his face is cellophane."
Dudu Pukwana & Spear ~ "Flute Music"
(Blog: Exile on Moan Street)
I always loved that Dudu Pukwana, the South African ex-pat saxophone genius, named his '70s working band Spear—a sly reference, no doubt, to Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the military wing of the African National Congress. This burner from 1975 pairs Dudu with trumpeter and fellow Blue Notes frontliner Mongezi Feza.
Miguel de Deus ~ "Black Soul Brothers"
From the album: Pode Se Queimar (mp3)
Irmãos Can Work It Out
The singers on this deep soul outing from Brazil's Miguel De Deus deliver more laughing than lyrics, but no mind—it's all about the funk. On the scene since the '60s as a member of Os Brasoes and Assim e Assado, Miguel's greatest contribution, before this solo effort was as leading the backing band behind Gal Costa on her legendary self-titled album from 1969.
Gert Thrue ~ "Sound Painted Pictures of Cosmic Love"
(Blog: The Growing Bin)
In the Moog for Love
Not nearly as epic as the cover art (or title) suggests, this LP of Tangerine Dream-y organ noodling is a more than pleasant way to spend 39 minutes. Not much is known about the two drummers here (Jan Preus on Side A and Per Hoyer on Side B), but there's even less info available on Danish keyboardist Gert Thrue, who probably earned less from the entire pressing of this record back in 1977 than the inflated price of any recent copy sold on eBay.
His Recording Debut at 64!
By the time he left East Texas for San Diego in 1934, at the age of 26, Thomas Shaw had set on countless porches steeping in the heady artistry of area bluesmen, J.T. "Funny Papa" Smith, Mance Lipscomb, and "Father of Texas Blues" Blind Lemon Jefferson. It was Jefferson who first recommend to a 12-year-old Shaw that he save up and buy a guitar. By all accounts, it was the best $8 he ever spent.
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