New Vinyl! I recently bought an excellent compilation by the king of calypso, his majesty the mighty Mighty Sparrow. Some of the tracks are a mixed bag. Generally 'best of' records never quite have the perfect mix. Yet it's fun to see, as a time capsule, what was considered the best of Mighty Sparrow in 1970. 'Jean and Dinah' makes sense but the addition of the slightly atonal 'sell that pussy' makes me smirk.
The first track 'Village Ram' opens with an excellant yowl/scream and the second track, 'sell that pussy' makes me cringe. in a good way.
*Mighty Sparrow: At His Best (Volume 1) Arranged by Eddie Hooper
An unabashed xenophile, my blog looks at emerging ideas and patterns in global pop music and its audience/reception. Unimpressed with majority music scholorship and journalism, I hope to bring my own perspective to the crowded behemoth that is music bloggery. Other intrests include tourism and nation branding, 'gayness' lived and concieved in pop, and the technologies that connect and divide us.
I recently worked for ACF doing sampling and mapping in Haiti, and will soon be heading back to school to officially pursue public health. I studied critical theory and religious studies at Hobart and William Smith in New York , as well as international relations and development at Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal.
I do freelance and volunteer writing, grant-writing and french translation for non-profits in the tri-state area.