Blackwater Jukebox presents: SLEAZE OF THE REAPER
HARVEST TARANTELLA – collected in the Sicilian highlands. Attributed to Berber mercenaries used to subjugate the interior during the 9th century Moorish conquest. Performed on the island to this day during the annual collection of hasish di serpente.
TONGUES OF FIRE – devotional song fragment. Banned from Congregational hymnals in the mid-18th century onward. Re-discovered in Ripton, Vermont in 1927 by R. Frost.
MEDICINE MAN - from a Coptic translation of the Qoheleth.
BONEYARD – Gullah song collected in the Georgia Sea Islands. Used to teach children proper diction. Notable West African call and response and Fula hoddu –banjo-like lute.
BLACK RAIN – origin unknown. Discovered on an unlabeled cylinder recording within the Smithsonian restricted archives.
CAROUSEL – sourced from a Carpathian Romani wedding anthem known as “Janissary Hora.” Based on an Ottoman fanfare popular amongst dervishes and death squads.
WHITE HAIR – diverse versions collected in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Northeast Kingdom work camps. Derived from the Hebridean melody, “I Long for Thy Virginitie.”
released 23 October 2012
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