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Options January 26, 2017: Funk, Jazz & Calypso (With and Without Social Significance)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Sathima Bea Benjamin  Africa   Options African Songbird  The Sun  1976  With Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)  0:02:05 (Pop‑up)
Various South African Musicians   Sizonqoba (Victory is Certain)   Options Liberation Southafrica - Freedom Songs  Safco (South Africa Freedom Committee  197?  With, among many others, Sathima Bea Benjamin & Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim  0:23:03 (Pop‑up)
Various South African Musicians   Nsikane's Bell Song   Options Liberation Southafrica - Freedom Songs  Safco (South Africa Freedom Committee  197?  With, among many others, Sathima Bea Benjamin & Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim  0:27:30 (Pop‑up)
Chalkdust  Theme for African Liberation Day   Options Teacher, Commoner & King  Straker's Records  1977    0:32:58 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Duke Lumumba 
  Jungle Funk        0:37:08 (Pop‑up)
Sir Lancelot  The Century of the Common Man   Options Calypso 10"  Keynote  1942?    0:47:32 (Pop‑up)
Chalkdust  Why We Attack   Options Teacher, Commoner & King  Straker's Records  1977    0:50:51 (Pop‑up)
Chalkdust  Immigration Problems   Options Teacher, Commoner & King  Straker's Records  1977    0:55:39 (Pop‑up)
Lord Nelson  Send Them Back   Options Ah, Ha  Richie's Music  1977    1:01:03 (Pop‑up)
Shadow  Columbus Lied   Options Pressure Point  Straker's Records  1989    1:04:17 (Pop‑up)
Lord Melody  Rap   Options I Man  Charlie's Records  1979  Written by Melody to highlight the vocal talents of Patsy Holder and Philbert Alexander  1:09:57 (Pop‑up)
Lord Melody  The Whiteman & Money   Options I Man  Charlie's Records  1979    1:13:15 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Sparrow  Solomon   Options Trinidad Heat Wave  Mace  1965  Released on Hilary as Congo Man  1:17:25 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Sparrow  Pussy Laughing At Me   Options Calypso Time  RA  1970    1:21:54 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Sparrow  Marijuana   Options Calypso Time  RA  1970    1:24:12 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Sparrow  Get To Hell Out   Options Trinidad Heat Wave  Mace  1965    1:28:10 (Pop‑up)
Lord Kitchener  When a Man is Poor   Options Sings Calypsos (With and Without Social Significance)  Sounds Of The Caribbean ‎  1975    1:33:14 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Duke Lumumba 
  Jungle Funk        1:35:04 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  Run It On Down Mister DJ   Options Stop & Go  Dakar  1973    1:48:52 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  South African Man   Options Keep on Dancin'  Dakar  1974    1:55:10 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  The Bohannon Walk   Options Bohannon  Dakar  1975    2:01:00 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  Can You Feel It   Options Bohannon  Dakar  1975    2:05:37 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  Foot Stompin Music   Options Insides Out  Dakar  1975    2:14:15 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  South Africa 76   Options Gittin' Off  Dakar  1975    2:21:26 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  Zulu   Options Dance Your Ass Off  Dakar  1976    2:27:12 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  Moving Fast   Options Phase II  Mercury  1977    2:32:16 (Pop‑up)
Bohannon  Song For My Mother   Options Stop & Go  Dakar  1973    2:35:42 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit 
          2:42:03 (Pop‑up)
Gil Scott-Heron  Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)   Options Nothing New    2014    2:47:26 (Pop‑up)
Various South African Musicians   Anthem for the New Nation   Options Liberation Southafrica - Freedom Songs    197?  written by Dollar Brand  2:49:56 (Pop‑up)
Karega Mandela  Never Surrender   Options ?    198?    2:55:20 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:24pm Flash Strap:

Let's jam, explorers
  7:04pm Ehd:

Indeed! Let's Jam!
Avatar 7:04pm hyde:

hi, doin' stuff. might take me a bit to hang out. never fear, you're my soundtrack.
  7:05pm MrFab:

Wotta pic! Looks like the French Quarter during Mardi Gras. Except the ladies are overdressed.
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Hi Ehd! Hi Hyde! Your soundtrack is all I need to be, the rest is gravy when I can get it.

Hi Mr. Fab! It's 19th century Trinidad at Carnival, so very similar indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm listener james from westwood:

Evening, Evan and all!
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

Evening, Listener James!
Avatar 7:15pm Flash Strap:

jesus, this track is so epic in scope. the drums are heaven! rolling like little thunder
  7:20pm MrFab:

was just listening to a (non-Can) Jaki Leibezeit album before tuning into this show, so i already had drumming on my mind. Pound them skins, ma brutha!
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

tune in next week, I'll do a whole Liebezeit show! was already pretty deep into planning this week's when the news dropped
Avatar 7:22pm Flash Strap:

it'll mostly be stuff that I didn't play in my previous 3 Can shows
Avatar 7:22pm Little Danny:

Hi Flash and fellow explorers!
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

LD! Hello hello Cool One
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Scraps:

Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

Scraps! H'lo oo o oo o o
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28pm Scraps:

h'lo lo o!
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

Chalkie is THE MAN, by the way. My advice is to hang on his word, a pretty good guideline for Calypso in general
  7:36pm B:

Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

'ey B
  7:37pm B:

Hello Mr Flash
Avatar 7:46pm Little Danny:

Huh. So Chalkdust was exiled from his academic post because calypso was political? Rather than "mere" entertainment as I would have assumed?
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

Indeed, LD! I know that Calypso has this huge aspect of dissidence, but that still surprises me. I mean, it was the 70s
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

It may also have been viewed as base, undignified entertainment; or on the other hand, too "black" or "folk" of an expression for academia. I'm not really sure, but it's interesting stuff to mull over
Avatar 7:55pm Flash Strap:

Chalkie calls it out, man.

"We must have strong public opinion to keep our democracy"
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

This song is perfect fire
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm melinda:

Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

Hi, Melinda!
Avatar 8:03pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Evan and Explorers
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

Hie Thee Coelacanth-eø
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

This whole stanza is amazing "His passport was violence"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Holy freakin' hell - I'm afraid Columbus did more than lie: Slavery & Manifest Destiny began immediately, I'm sorry to say. Yeah - fantastic lie. Wow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- li*Ne. Hah.
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

Hi Revrab!

and yeah. Shit man, in a few instances, Columbus' sailors ATE natives, and sold their meat at butcheries for dog food of all things. Columbus lied! SO BAD!
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

odd Lord Melody track, that Rap was
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

But a beautiful thing about Music is - you can close your eyes, but not your ears. The legacies & contributions of different races can't be hidden or excluded here.
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

also released under a different title, with WAY better art: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:19pm Flash Strap:

This song inspired by a politician who pulled strings to have his stepson released from jail. After outcry, he was forced to resign.
Avatar 8:21pm Flash Strap:

but later, much to Sparrow's frustration (as he had long supported the PNM), Eric Williams reinstated Solomon in an undemocratic fashion. He wrote a song about that too, which we'll hear a little later
Avatar 8:21pm northguineahills:

I must be a coconut, as I just got dropped off here...
Avatar 8:23pm Flash Strap:

NGH! Welcome to our shores, my round and hairy friend
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

ok next up, we get the aforementioned song of protest against Solomon's reinstatement, and William (aka the Conqueror)'s dismissive response to critics about the move. It's funny, it's pissed, it's relevant to its moment, everything that's good about Calypso
Avatar 8:28pm coelacanth∅:

the idea of someone named Mary Wanna makes me wonder if the band Can had a tour bus they called the "Can-i-bus".
Avatar 8:28pm hyde:

wow, i know nothing about calypso
Avatar 8:29pm Little Danny:

Wow "Get to Hell Out"! Great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yikes. Close to bone now. Here. HolyCrow.
Avatar 8:31pm Flash Strap:

One of the top Sparrow tracks of all time! And it's about issues surrounding a minister of external affairs, of all things! I love it, I love it. The specific becomes the universal
Avatar 8:33pm coelacanth∅:

one of the 5 albums that our family used to sit and sing along to on weekend nights was a calypso album. i knew all the words to Harry Belafonte's "calypso" album by the age of 5.
...very commercial calypso, maybe, but what a Great man Mr. Belafonte is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- & there - Wealth Inequality spelled out as succinctly as could ever be.
  8:36pm MrFab:

Fond memories of Irwin's old calypso show...
Avatar 8:37pm coelacanth∅:

Yes! Muriel's treasure.
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

Bohannon is so groove oriented, there is nothing else, basically
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Scraps:

But he's a Groove Master.
Avatar 8:56pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:57pm Flash Strap:

If you've never laid eyes on him, here's our man: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

Back on the South Africa theme from earlier. Bohannon did a few tracks with that theme. And we will hear them, of course
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

never seems to take a solo. Hardlly even a fill. Bohannon is a living foundation. Solid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm Scraps:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm Scraps:

He seems like he's got a Golden Knack, like James Brown. It sounds so simple....
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

god DAMN Bohannon

I can feel it
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

@Scraps: sorta like the Meters, too
Avatar 9:12pm hyde:

ah, i'm finally here for good. (or evil).
Avatar 9:13pm Flash Strap:

do some evil, if you feel it, Hyde
  9:14pm MrFab:

When i was a mad fiend funk record seeker in the 90s - even driving down to Watts a few times - i didn't buy any Bohannon. i dismissed anything after 1973 as being too "disco." Well, THAT was dumb.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Scraps:

You're not going to believe this, Flash Strap, but I was just going to type, "or the Meters."
Avatar 9:14pm hyde:

i feel like maybe there's enough evil going around, these days. i'll try to be good.
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

Some of his "disco" stuff is even legit funky, Fab! I know that feeling though... boy do I ever.
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

Great minds, Scraps
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

Love the keys on all these records, this track is a highlight in that regard
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm Scraps:

Later Tom Tom Club spelled his name twice as fast. They were excited.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Scraps:

(Well, not spelled exactly. You know what I mean.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Doug Schulkind:

Any truth to the rumor that the Broadway musical Hamilton is really about this fine gentleman?
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doug! Can confirm.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29pm Doug Schulkind:

Speaking of Can, Jesse Kaminsky did a monstrous Jaki Liebezeit special on Tuesday.
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

I'm about to do the same next week! I missed Jesse's but the playlist was lookin like fire
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

ah, we've finally entered Phase II
Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

dedicated to his son, Hamilton Frederick Bohannon II, seen here: img.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35pm Doug Schulkind:

One can never have enough Can. Unless you're a toucan.
Avatar 9:36pm hyde:

rough week for drummers. Jaki Liebezeit, John Boudreaux, Butch Trucks. I was worried about Roy Haynes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40pm Scraps:

Doug, have you heard Can's reunion album, Rite Time? If not, it will put Never Have Enough Can sorely to the test....
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

haha, yeah that one ain't the best in the can-on
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43pm VERMONT FARMER JOKE:

Think the rain will hurt the rhubarb?

Not if it's in a can.

What, the rain?

No, the rhubarb.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm Scraps:

Ack, I just remembered that album have a track called "Give the Drummer Some"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Doug Schulkind:

There are NO coincidences, Scraps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47pm Scraps:

Avatar 9:49pm Little Danny:

Great show tonight as always Flash. As I went through my weekly ritual scramble I had the Bohannon playing. Epic & hypnotic!
Avatar 9:49pm Flash Strap:

LOVE this performance of this, even more than the original
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm Dave in Vermont:

Hi. I just got home from a creening of the incredible James Baldwin fil, 'I Am Not Your Negro'
I first turn on the show ehre and it's Gil Scott Heron. Next month the same film group is showing 'Black Wax'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Dave in Vermont:

wow- typing. sorry
Avatar 9:54pm Flash Strap:

Hi Dave! I want to see that

Thanks LD, can't wait to take a load off and go to your room
Avatar 9:55pm Little Danny:

This sweet dream persists next at the Cool Blue Flame: wfmu.org... Hope everyone will join everyone!
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for listening, all. Hope you enjoyed, see you next week
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Doug Schulkind:

Flash Strap tosses off epic radio like someone shucking peanut shells.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Doug Schulkind:

Epic peanut shells.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Scraps:

Thank you!
Avatar 9:59pm hyde:

night all. thanks, Flash!
Avatar 10:02pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Stanley:

Amazing Bohannon set. I had no idea he was so down right goddamn funky. A real treat.
Keep up the good work, Captain.
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