I have been on the hunt for World Music recently having suffered something of a drought in recent weeks and months. So when a friend sent me this track, by Ethiopian singer Gigi (who I featured a couple of years ago in a slightly different guise), I was delighted.
It sounds fresh and pure like all the African music that I love and I have been listening to it on a loop for the past few days. It is taken her 2001 album of the same name and was subsequently featured on the soundtrack to God Grew Tired of Us, a 2006 documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan.
While posting Cyndi Lauper yesterday I was reminded of this track. It features a memorable, almost post-modern sample where the protestor manages to mangle several of the listed artists names, with Cyndi amoungst them.
CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #10
I cannot imagine Johnny cash coming in of an evening and putting on the Nine Inch Nails, who originally recorded the song “Hurt”. The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed.
In this 2008 recording Cash is clearly ill and his condition has an added poignancy as he shows a video of himself in his prime. It certainly makes for an emotional charged video, which many refer to as his epitaph.
I heard this for the first time in ages a couple of days ago. I grew really tired of it after hearing it way too much after it’s 2006 release. But hearing it afresh I remembered it’s just a great pop tune with classic Scandinavian sound.
Peter, Bjorn and John:
This song came on my MP3 player while walking home from work this evening and I was immediately transported back to 2005. Despite the fact I have loved it since then I hadn’t gotten around to posting it until now.
I stumbled across this on YouTube earlier in the week and haven’t been able to shake it since. I love how smooth it is. Now Mos Def seems to be a full time actor activist it is easy to forget that he has got some significant music game.
The track is taken from Taken to the Next Phase (Reconstructions), a 2003 album comprising of remixes/reimaginings of Isley Brothers tracks.
CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #8
My youngest son complains that he is woken at 3 in the morning by Northern Ireland supporters tunelessly singing Valerie.
Valerie is a song by the English indie rock band The Zutons from the band’s second studio album. I suspect not many had heard of the Zutons until Amy chose to do this cover, which is now very well known and you would have to say that Amy brings her trademark style to it, which many impromptu Karaoke versions do not…
The Late, Great Amy Winehouse: