Tuesday, March 8, 2011

'Crosseyed And Painless': Fela> Talking Heads> Brazilian Girls

"I'm changing my shape, I feel like an accident,
They're back to explain their experience..."

Another cultural relay handoff today, centered around a TALKING HEADS song.

Nigerian FELA Ransome Kuti is the father of AfroBeat, a polyrhythmic and political funk-jazz inspired by James Brown and the counterculture rebellion of the 60's.

These propulsive jams had enormous musical influence from the late 70's New York DIY scene and London's dub culture to son Femi Kuti and Antibalas today.

FELA -"Roforofo Fight" (1972)

New York's TALKING HEADS and producer Brian Eno expanded their palette with a kind of abstract punk take on AfroBeat, starting with the crucial album "REMAIN IN LIGHT" (1980).

This expanded touring band includes keyboard sorceror Bernie Worrell (P-Funk) and guitar maniac Adrian Belew (King Crimson):

TALKING HEADS -"Crosseyed And Painless" (1980)

New York's BRAZILIAN GIRLS stirs the pan-cultural stew further with their take on the Heads' song. Singer Sabina Sciubba scats across five different languages.

BRAZILIAN GIRLS -"Crosseyed And Painless" (2006)

"The feeling returns whenever we close our eyes
Lifting my head, looking around inside..."

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