11-Affinity and Appropriation

11-Affinity and Appropriation - THE MUSIC OF AFRICA AND THE...

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T HE M USIC OF A FRICA AND THE D IASPORA Music 13AF: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:20pm Instructor: Jeff Kaiser ([email protected]) Teaching Assistants: Nicholas Deyoe ([email protected]) Todd Moellenberg ([email protected])
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Now begins our discussion of...
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Three Studies Mbube by Solomon Linda Graceland by Paul Simon Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock
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Mbube (Wimoweh) (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds The Weavers Yma Sumac Karl Denver, Scottish Folk Singer/Yodeler Henri Salvador, French Caribbean Singer Ladysmith Black Mambazo Mahotella Queens The Nylons Bert Kaempfert, German Bandleader Kingston Trio Laurie Berkner, children’s Nanci Griffith Brian Eno Pow Wow, French Cooldown Cafe and Gerard Joling, Dutch Jimmy Cliff Robert John Tight Fit Rockapella Miriam Makeba The Scallwags (German) Tokens They Might Be Giants Les Black’s Amazing Pink Holes Wayne and Wax (mashup of Linda, Weavers, Sumac, Tokens) Miriam Makeba
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Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds Solomon Linda and his Evening Birds 1941. Left to Right: Solomon Linda (Soprano), Gilbert Madondo (Alto), Boy Sibiya (Tenor), Gideon Mkhize (Bass), Samuel Mlangeni (Bass) and Owen Skakane (Bass) Zulu entertainer Worked as packer at Gallo Records, they heard him... Recorded Mbube in 1939 (Mbube is Zulu for “lion”) Linda paid 10 shillings—about $2, or one days’ needs Linda improvised “Lion Sleeps” melody at end of the third take Sold fairly well 100,000 copies by 1948 Heard the Tokens version and was pleased Internationally famous song Yet, Linda died with only $25 in his accounts Buried in an unmarked grave
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SO, what do we know about Mbube ? “Most famous song to emerge from Africa” “A song the whole world knows” Earned untold millions For mostly white males 160 US recordings (over 600 globally), 15 movies, many television commercials One of the most successful musicals ever! The Lion King High on lists of “most-beloved oldies” Ceaseless radio play around the world By 2000, the song earned an estimated $15 million in royalties from The Lion King Most of which went to Weiss
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SO, what do we know about Mbube ?
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