(Still) Dancing on John Wayne's Head: two albums of "raging blakkindian dub"
December 29, 2012 4:10 PM Subscribe
This is probably one of the most unusual and creative dub records you're ever likely to hear. Imagine typical bottom-heavy, bass-filled Jamaican dub reggae -- complete with horns, percussion, the whole nine yards -- mixed with traditional Native American vocal music (don't ask how it works, just believe that somehow it does). Now add spoken word samples from Native American, black, Russian, women's lib, and other sociopolitical leaders discussing the effects of colonial imperialism and totalitarian governments on the common man (and, of course, woman), and what you get is this radically inventive album.Dancing on John Wayne's Head
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was followed up by Still Dancing on John Wayne's Head
, both exploring the connections between Blacks and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas
, put together under the banner of The Fire This Time
, who aim "to provide a greater understanding of the struggles and triumphs of the various indigenous peoples and other freedom fighters."
Pat Andrade, on how the original album was made
"We went down to Jamaica with chants and asked the musicians in Jamaica to improvise around traditional drumming and chants and then we did the reverse of that and asked the traditional singers to sing along with completed reggae tracks."
The follow-up album saw some tracks re-worked by various dance music producers