Monday, 1 July 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Twenty Eighth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 128 of #lexieschain. Last week the winner was Freddie wiv Djelimady Tounkara - Massa. Let's see wot we got dis week!

Obviously Dad not in da competition dis week but opes you all likes da song he's chosen. Fer our linky we's makin da journey from sub Saharan Africa down to the tropical heart in DR Congo. Kinshasa wuz da first place Dad lived in Africa when he was 6 n years later when he played his Mum some Soukous she said dat sounds like da music we heard playin evwywhere in Kinshasa. Dad wondered if da sound had stayed wiv him until he heard it again.
Anyway ere's Viva La Musica featurin da luvly high pitched singin of Papa Wemba n da gawjuss Soukous guitar of Rigo Starr. Towards da end you can hear Papa Wemba exhortin Rigo Starr to delight da listeners with more dizzyin playin.

Here I am again trying again. Last week @freddie_bt chose Djelimady Tounkara - Massa about the railway in Mali, I was thinking of other heroic journey s and the famous trains.
So many tributes and songs in the end I settled for Canadian Pacific sung by George Hamilton. I was in West Africa 20+ years ago the music touched me, later 10 years ago I did part of the Canadian rail journey from Jasper to Vancouver.

Last week that clever @freddie_bt won the Lexieschain with " Mansa " by the Rail Band founded in 1970 and supported by the Ministry of Information and the railway administration in Mali. In Canada the festival Express also took place in 1970. This was a series of concerts across Canada and the bands preforming were transported by train. Among those on board were the Grateful Dead, Joplin, The Band and Buddy Guy. It's said the music on the train was better than on stage. Jazz and the blues as Freddie said come to us from Africa. My linky this week is the great blues artist Buddy Guy. 

Me linky dis week is simple one. Mali is in Africa so me fink “Africa” by Toto fits da bill. 

Hello all missed last week due to holiday and no wifi but glad to be back joining in this week. I see that clever Freddie won again last week with a great link and information about the song was great as well. I have gone with using Mali as the link. One of our great artists of recent years is Damon Albarn who has been very prolific as a Musician across many genres. He has also spent a lot of time in Mali playing with musicians over there and making music. Damon of course began his career with Blur and I have chosen one of my favourite Blur songs Tender. Good luck everyone good to be back on the chain.

So den a big old well dun to da win last week. It was a cleva linky and made us paws think abowt independence which made us think about da USA wot is having der own Independence Day next week on da 4th of July. So we going wif an old songy by Neil Diamond called 'Coming to America'. It was in from da soundtrack da Jazz Singer and dus be abowt peebles wot immigrate to America seeking der independence. Is a good songy fur tapping da paws to too!

So we dus be choosin 7 Seconds by Neneh Cherry and Youssou N'Dour. What!! How on earf is dat I hear you cry. Well let me tell you. First linky is railways second linky is african singers. Neneh Cherry sang on a song by TheThe called Slow Train To Dawn an in the video she get tied to a railway line! Neneh Cherry also has her roots in Sierra Leone wot is a country in West Africa – the African linky! Well funny enough Youssou N'Dour is also from a West African country called Senegal. So Neneh Cherry and Youssou N'Dour is ma linky wiv 7 seconds a beautiful song.

An da winner ............... as chosen by Freddie .............. dus be ........... @diamondbertie! Yay! Well done Bertie! Oh an dat means you will be selectin the winner next week Bertie. 

Ere wot Freddie said:

I luvs Seven Seconds n is a long time fan of Youssou N'Dour n also Neneh Cherry, also really enjoyed Linky 3 wiv its story about da Festival Express but although I's not as a rule a gweat fan of Country music, I did really enjoy Canadian Pacific a luvly tune n vewy evocative wiv its reference to far flung places, much like "Wanted Man" dat Johnny Cash sang. So da choice of Dad n I is "Canadian Pacific" by George Hamilton.

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 7 July 2013 (gots to get it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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