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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Israelites and Pan-African Apache Riddims

As we were reading an anthropologist write about diasporas, it came up that many of the Pan-Africanists have drawn the comparison of the African diaspora to the Jewish diaspora. Here's a really nice clip from 1970 of the Jamaican ska artist Desmond Dekker at Wembley Stadium. This track "Israelites," which influenced the Beatles' "O-bla-di o-bla-da," charted in the UK and US Top Ten in 1969.

And because we're interested in global pop culture, the search to see how far this track went led straight to Apache Indian, the dancehall toaster from Birmingham whose roots are less Kingston than Mumbai. Still, because he grew up among Jamaicans, his patois when rapping is nearly as thick as Dekker's. In this tribute from 2005, he and Dekker team up to reprise the song for the present day. Sadly, Dekker died in 2006, so this was his last major single.


At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started the clip fully expecting to hate it just based on the fact you used the word "rapping". I am a blues girl after all. However, I have to admit that I freakin loved it. Thank you for introducing me to something I would otherwise never have known!

At 9:12 AM, Blogger John said...

Thanks! I love this music too.

At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Elise said...

Hello again!

I require your expertise. I am interested in doing a paper on the work of the Nobel Women's Initiative in the Middle East. Of course that is a very broad topic. The paper is supposed to deal with women and Islam. Do you have any suggestions for narrowing the topic as well as for resources on the topic?

Thanks! E-mail me at: kreativ1218@gmail.com...

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I returned the favor, and linked back.

Elise: See the blog of my blog team member Maryam Namazie. She can help you.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger John said...

Renegade Eye: Thank you! I think you're my only link any more. I'm afraid my blog is more-or-less dead. I ran out of things to blog about.

I would cancel the blog, but it remains highly rated for some very special topics, like Muslim punk music and culture, or Egyptian and Moroccan popular music. Hundreds of people come by every month to follow my links and read my content. So I'm keeping the blog up for that reason.


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