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makes the ppl come together

I’m delaying the “summer” soca edition yet again. It’s still a little early to call the big songs across the archipelago.

My musical tastes don’t vary much. I can listen to the same song for an hour and not notice. On the flip side of soca, but keeping it regional here’s some stuff that’s been on repeat on my side.

I first heard this song at a show in Trinidad. I swear, when the man says he’s mortal again again after tour, I know that’s not the exact line, but just that understanding of how as performers they become something other than human, or are elevated as such. Oh, the affair of this heart.

A classmate in Barbados introduced me to this young man. Protoje, whose mother always knew he was going and be dred. ūüôā

St. Kitts Music Festival 2001 I was really looking forward to Joe but this family brought down the show in the rain.

I really want to feature a current song by a female reggae artist but I not trying to highlight any man training, find me in the back yard kind of songs on this vibe. If you have any recent suggestions from recent women doing their non-scandalous thing be sure to share.

makes the ppl come together- hmmmmm music

I was going to do a “summer” carnival music post but really I have to do a little more research for it to be a quality post. But biggin’ up all the people getting ready for the road in¬†St. Lucia and St. Vincent in July, Antigua, Barbados, Nevis and Grenada in August…. if only I had the money and the stamina.

So instead of carnival music I give you music that makes me go hmmmmm….

Hmmmm… Well everyone’s talking about Erykah and this video. Yeah, it’s certainly not something I’d do and definitely do not get but I’m pretty sure that no matter what she does I’ll always kinda love her for seemingly doing whatever the fuck she wants. And no matter what she does some people will always not love her. NSFW.

**** pulled this video  because of a statement posted on her facebook page re: her outrage re: not being consulted on the final product, racism and sexism suck.*****

So here’s a daring Erykah we know she was okay with.

Hmmmm… Nostalgia’s powerful. Saw this not-so-¬†amazing clip from the Summer Jam concert in NY last week. I’ve said it b4 and I’ll say it again, Lauryn Hill’s voice is not the toughest, but every time I see her even if I know I’ll be a little disappointed, I get chills.

Hmmmm…. Very different sound, I heard my neighbour singing this one morning when I was hanging out clothes. Her daughter’s pretty funny and her voice is pretty incredible. Going back down memory lane is a little easy in this ages of digital pictures…

In Complexity and Complicity

I watched the Melissa Harris Perry show ¬†for the first this weekend, and I think I’m hooked. ¬†#nerdland stand up!

On Saturday’s show, one of my feminist mentors ¬†Joan Morgan and a few other¬†panellists were talking about the 15th anniversary of the death of ¬†the Notorious B.I.G ¬†and hip hop culture in general and it was a amazing 20 minutes of television. ¬†There were biggie quotes and music clips and a shout outs to female emcees and a discourse on hip hop that you would be hard pressed to find on any other mainstream show.

What really struck me was when Joan Morgan spoke of her relationship with hip hop being one of complexity and complicity. This was one of the clinchers in her 2000 book When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost. How can we be feminist when we sometimes *cringe* like/accept/promote the very things that we are seeking to challenge? It is present not only in music, but all over our culture and manifests through interpersonal relationships, cultural events (sigh, my beloved carnival) and socio-political life.

I was hoping that this discussion, among others that I have had or listened to, would have some magical answer for addressing this issue, something that I could add to my feminist care package to carry around along with my cell phone and keys and eloquently whip out when I am challenged by others and even by myself. Don’t know if that answer exists.

What I do get from these discussions is the dynamism of this cause we call social justice. We have lots of suggestions and ideas but cannot declare any as the way. We question and we analyse and we make choices individually and in our collectives that we hope to chip away at inequality and oppression. I also come away renewed that feminism actively engaging women and all marginalised groups in all our interconnectedness is the missing piece to the puzzle. Our voices, our action, our curiosity is critical to our survival as long we strive towards social justice.

makes the ppl come together

Did you ever want to be part of a girl band? Is that what they’re even called? Do they even have them any more? And here’s to dating yourself and one hit wonder.

When my father heard this song he became convinced that this trio would become the next big sensation. He makes lots of predictions that do not quite come to fruition. Still a lovely song.

“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order,” far too much¬†Nickelodeon back in the day. Thankfully I don’t think I’ve seen this movie. My Khenan and Kel days were done.

As I complete this list I realise I have come up with the most bootleg list of girl bands/groups ever. I will rectify myself next rounds. ūüôā

Music Wednesday – Matey Edition

Matey being the opposite of Wifey. Outside or kept woman. Mistress. Part-time Lover.

Very controversial and emotional topic and I don’t think there is a person over 20 that doesn’t have a matey experience of some sort. However you feel about the issue, that discussion is for another day, today is for matey music.

Matey music is a genre all by itself. These songs are filled with emotion, reflection, turmoil and entertainment. What more can you ask for?

Here we go:

1. Tanya Stephens – It’s a Pity

I feel there is no explanation needed for this classic. Tanya deduces that when society becomes evolved enough she will be given permission to share this particular dude with his wifey. I dunno about all that, but love the song.

2. Whitney Houston – Saving all my love

RIP Whitney. I felt real hurt when I learned of Whitney’s passing. Her album You Give Good Love was the very first album I owned that wasn’t sang mostly by a cartoon character, so she has been on my playlist for over 20 years. This is a big big matey song that I only realised was a matey song only a few years ago. It speaks of the turmoil felt knowing that dude has his other life and trying to find the strength to ‘do the right thing’

3. Pussycat Dolls – Don’t cha

What can I say, I like the song. ūüôā

4. Lady SawI’ve Got Your Man

Her business card promises Good Food. I love it! Interesting to note that Mama Saw lets wifey know that she intends to make dude her own man, may another promise of good food turn his eyes again? Circle of Life?

5. Tanya StephensTo the Rescue

Matey as community service. Who woulda thunk it?

I had soo much fun going through these songs. Part two will be the wifey responses, lol

makes the ppl come together

The 1990s was a weird time. I don’t claim to have had the best taste when it came to television, music, or movies. But what I will say is that I enjoyed it allllllll immensely much to the chagrin of my parents and close family members I’m sure.

If you didn’t have a white boy phase I feel sorry for you. They were all over television all the time, you could get your fix 24/7.

BET provided necessary balance… I can’t believe that statement could ever be true. Now when BET’s on I almost always know I’m on the wrong channel. But these never to be heard from again bands of the 1990s… tell me you don’t miss them. Tell me you didn’t know the words to these songs? If you can tell me that

  • 1. you’re lying
  • 2. you haven’t lived

h/t piece2peace for bringing all the memories back.

Okay, anyone remembering this group/song is a reach.

Committing to at least 30 minutes of 1990s dance moves and karaoke sessions for the rest of the week.

Join me.

bring.

de.

fyah.

Music Wednesday

Happy New Year!

I have been listening to music on shuffle am thoroughly enjoying the randomness and re-discovery. Allow me to share some gems that i have happened upon that made me laugh, shake my head or do the body wave.

1. Madonna– Take a Bow

I really really really love this song. I remember listening to it on repeat when I was in high school, amazed by the rawness and sincerity. I very likely was going through a puppy love situation at the time and juxtaposing my life into the grown-womaness of Madonna’s words in only the way a 14-yea-old could.

2. Home T, Cocoa Tea and Shabba Ranks – Pirates

My home was always full of music and I have fond memories of long car rides with my Dad in particular where he would be blasting all forms of music from the old Subaru stereo system as we would be traipsing across the island. My Dad would tackle many complex societal issues through these songs.

I remember asking him about Buju Banton‘s song¬† Love mi Browning. What’s a Browning? I asked. Daddy took the time to explain colorism ¬†and the resulting discrimination to me in a way I could understand and even introduced me to Buju’s peddle back ¬†Love Black Woman and invited me to think on motivations and reactions to both songs.

Back to Pirates. I was amazed that Shabba and them had to fight to be able to play¬†their¬†music in the UK where this song is set and my Dad was able to show me that there was similar discrimination right at home in the island where certain artists and genres were¬†vilified. The UK offered up more racial and xenophobic (at that time it appeared that way) motivations and tensions and he told me about how Jamaicans and generally Caribbean people were treated when they migrated north in search of ‘ a better life’

3. En VougeMy Lovin (Never Gonna get it)

This is a great song but when I listen to it I am drawn to remember the video and the dance sequence featuring the lovely ladies of En Vouge. Their sweeping hand movements and deliberate hip thrusts, is EXACTLY how my Mom dances. I always tease her that she was the lost member of the group but she ignores me and slow body rocks her way through any and every form of music, and it always seems to work.

Hope u enjoy and cheers to randomness and memories and dancing and old tunes and youtube.

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