Sunday, 10 November 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Forty Seventh Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 147 of #lexieschain. The chainy is still goin strong an we gettin ever closer to findin out who dis will be da Chain Champ this year!

Last week the winner was Maggie wiv Sister Rose by Neville Brothers. So, let us see what we dun this week.

Great link last week from @maggietkat, Congrats! "Sister Rosa" was a song by the New Orleans Neville Brothers depicting the story of Rosa Parks. In 1955 she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person and was arrested. Three days later the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott began. There were many musical " firsts" in 1955. Opera singer Marian Anderson became the first black to perform at the Met. Elvis made his first TV appearance singing " Shake, Rattle and Roll ". Simon & Garfunkel formed a duo while in high school. And a 13 year old from Brooklyn recorded her first record at NoLa studios in NYC. Barbra Streisand "You'll Never Know " from 1955 my linky this week.

Here is my choice for this weeks chain, I know it wont win but I feel it deserves an airing.
Last weeks winner was Neville Brothers singing Sister Rose, a really impressive choice which reminds us of how far we have moved from those dark days of oppression of people who only were regarded as inferior because of the colour of their skin.
Another oppressed group were women, I choose the Suffragette Anthem, or March of the Women. We have come a long way just in my lifetime.

Hey everyone! My name is Maggie, and I am a Chain Addict. I am here to confess that even though I won, I HAD to submit something for you guys to ponder. *embarrassed* My link is another New Orleans musician, Dr. John with "Right Place, Wrong Time". The lyrics echo the mixed feelings of those long ago times but yet are about modern life. Here is Dr. John with CLAPTON!!!! Enjoy!

Rosa Parks courage in refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white was a turning point for Civil RIghts in USA, in Rhodesia a long Civil War was required to overthrow white miority rule. Discrimination took many forms, black professional musicians were not allowed to sing in Shona their native language nor play traditional instruments, instead dey had to sing white pop music. After Zimbabwe was formed traditional music n Shona singin was combined with Western instruments n pop. The Four Brothers were one of da finest exponents of Jit as it became known, fast, melodic dance music, lots of Hi-hat n high pitched sweet guitar recreating da sound of da Mbira. John Peel included one of their songs in his Desert Island Discs selection but our favourite is Makorokoto, I defy you not to dance or feel better for listenin to this joyful sound.

Well dat Maggie did make a grand seleckshun last week wid da songy by da Neille Brothers's songy Sister Rosa. We dus lyke dem Neville Brothers but we going onwards down da root of brothers, wot be family wot sumtimes dus have sisters dat mean our linky be an old one by Sister Sldedge gots it....We Are Family...... Tap dem paws....

So last week Maggie won with a song by the Neville brothers. So I am going to take brothers in bands as my link this week. There are so many to choose from The Cribs, The national, oasis but I am going for something a little earlier and choosing a band where the brothers were often at war with each other. That is The Kinks. So in a tribute to Claptons lovely Border Terrier my link is brothers which takes us to Lola by The Kinks

Great song last week wot was Sista Rosa a song about Rosa Parks refoosin to give up her seat on a bus … Go Rosa!! Hmmm how to find a linky. Well, dis was all abowty the fight against discrimination and tryin to bring about changes to the way people were treated. Another country that suffered terribly under the power of discrimination and apartheid was South Africa. A man who will never be forgotten for change in that country Is Nelson Mandela. However, a slightly lesser known protester and believer in change was Steven Biko who was killed during interrogation when he sustained serious head injuries. Peter Gabriel sang Biko to bring about awareness of his tragic story and the anti-apartheid movement. That is my choice.

An da winner .............. as chosen by @maggietkat  ... dus be ..... @freddie_bt. Yay brilliant linky ma pal!!! So it mean you dus be choosin next week. 

Ere wot Maggie said bowty it: Thanks to everyone for the incredible links! I love to win, but it is SO hard to chose the next winning link. I choose The Four Brothers with Makorokoto. The band displays the exuberance of freedom and I can hear the same roots in some of the Neville Brothers music. 

Love you all! Maggie

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 17th November 2013 (gets 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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