[120] Boukman Eksperyans – Kalfou Danjere

24 Jul

Long ago, watching Fame on TV (whether the movie or the series I no longer remember), one of the characters said a line which has stuck with me ever since.  “Timing is everything.”

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Of course plenty of others have used the line before and since, but as if to prove the point, this particular delivery is the one that has stayed with me for decades.

Which brings us to Boukman Eksperyans.

I’m not quite sure what I would make of these light and airy, percussion driven melodies in the depth of a Winter morning, on a crisp Fall evening, or a wet Spring night.  But here and now, on a warm July afternoon, with a slight breeze and just enough humidity to let you know this could only be Summer, the rhythms and harmonies are perfect.

This is less high octane that the good Juju of King Sunny Ade, but no less pure Summer music, at home hanging in the air over a barbeque in the sun.  It is a much more modern sound, featuring plenty of history and tradition, but also fully embracing modern production techniques and influences.

So it is jarring to discover that these beautiful songs are in fact barely-veiled protest songs about corruption and lies.

Rarely has revolution sounded so sweet.

Next Week: David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

Owned before blogging? No. (10 of 120 = 8%)
Heard before blogging? No. (18 of 120 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (99 of 120 = 83%)

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