I wanted to start with The Waterboys “Song from the End of the World” as the blog title Furious Music comes from the lyrics of this song. However, this is no longer in my collection (an Amazon delivery is expected soon!). Plan B was to start with “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, a Velvet Underground song cover by the Oysterband and June Tabor from their album “Freedom and Rain”. Guess what! Despite owning two copies of this cd at one stage, I can’t lay my hands on either!
Then I heard today, on the BBC News, that Helen Suzman, the South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, had died aged 91. Decision made; what better way to honour one great South African than to post a track by another – Abdullah Ibrahim. “Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening” comes from a 1976/77 album “Voice of Africa” originally released under his then name, Dollar Brand. Despite having never visited South Africa, when I play this cd I can conjure up a picture of the country in my mind’s eye.
So; day 1, post 1 – a short post and a long track. Probably the ideal mix!
Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening