I’ve got the “Monday blahs” for sure. Fortunately, I don’t have any planned workout this afternoon – good thing too as it’s humid as all get out outside uh-gain – so I’m just keeping on keeping on here in my cool basement office with a little World music courtesy of Johnny Clegg & Savuka and their ‘Third World Child‘ album.
So, first: Who in tarnation is Johnny Clegg, right? Well, he’s a South African musician and anthropologist. Hows that for a strange mix of influences? Sometimes called Le Zoulou Blanc (“The White Zulu”), he is an important figure in South African popular music history, with songs that mix Zulu with English lyrics and African with various Western music styles.
C’mon, that’s kind of neat.
This then is the album (released in 1987) which led Clegg and his band Savuka to international fame. The track ‘Scatterlings of Africa‘ (pretty much the sole reason I purchased the album for $5.00) gave them an entry in the UK Singles Chart, reaching #75 in May of that year. Furthermore, the song ‘Great Heart‘ was covered by Jimmy Buffett a year after its release for his album ‘Hot Water’ and then went on to become his popular opener for all nearly all performances during the 2000 and 2003 tours. Also, ‘Asimbonanga (Mandela)‘ is an anthem that has been adopted by Joan Baez and other hip North American folksters.
You know you’ve made it big when…
Anyway, it’s just another day here in Corporate Hell paradise; working on my presentations in my underpants while Kelly sleeps off her night shift with Tina the Cat. I’m pretty sure this isn’t what Clegg was trying to get at in the albums title track when he devastatingly discusses what it’s like to “walk in the dreams of the foreigner”, just I digress…
It just is what it is, Johnny.