Bucky Done Gone
Well, they went and did it. Bucky was booted off American Idol this week. He wasn't my favorite on the show, but far from the worst still left. TAYLOR needs to go! Anyway, in honor of Bucky, this week's Musica Obscura is dedicated to him. But that doesn't mean we're featuring Country music. It's music from another country, featuring music influenced by Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Kenya. In fact, Bucky probably wouldn't like the music this week, but that's his problem. ;)
M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
M.I.A. is London born, Sri Lanka-raised Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, the daughter of a Tamil activist and paramilitary guerilla. No wonder M.I.A.’s music is rapid fire, aggressive, urban, tribal electro world music. Maya studied fine art, film and video at college in London where she created artwork based on the Tamil rebellion back in Sri Lanka. When she seemed destined to a career in art, Elastica commissioned her to design the artwork for the band’s second album. This led to Maya videoing them on tour and eventually being introduced to the musical artform. “Bucky Done Gun” is the finished result of this art extravaganza.
Other M.I.A. Songs to Check Out: Galang, Hombre, Banana Skit, Pull Up The People
Maya Angelou – Since Me Man Done Gone And Went
Maya Angelou is well known as an author, poet, lecturer and even actress, but few know of her early career as a dancer and calypso singer. Angelou’s grandfather was from Trinidad, which is how she learned the calypso music. During the early 1950s, she sang and danced calypso in San Francisco nightspots. While touring Europe in the late ‘50s with a production of Porgy & Bess, she was among the first to perform calypso music in Paris nightclubs. She returned to the USA at the height of the calypso craze and recorded an album titled “Miss Calypso” in 1957 and appeared in the Hollywood film “Calypso Heat Wave” the same year.
Other Maya Angelou Songs to Check Out: Run Joe, Oo-dla-ba-doo,
Lamya – Empires
This is a fun, unique song. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the likes of Björk or Kate Bush. Lamya is a gifted singer, songwriter and producer born in Oman and raised in Kenya, England and Egypt. Before getting into pop music, she was a classically trained opera singer. Before going solo, she sang lead vocals for the band Soul II Soul, toured with Duran Duran, performed with David Bowie and James Brown. The songs on her debut album were created using poems she’d written since she was 11 and you can definitely see that in the lyrics of “Empires.”
Other Lamya Songs to Check Out: East Of Anywhere, Black Mona Lisa, I Get Cravings, Pink Moon