Monday, January 25, 2016

Day 86 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Alerth Bedasse & Chin's Calypso Sextet - Monkey's Opinion

We're on to the 86th day in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge and again we're sticking with another mento tune... today's song "Monkey's Opinion," which was obviously inspired by the 1957 R&B song by Dave Bartholomew called "The Monkey Speaks His Mind," was performed by Alerth Bedasse and Chin's Calypso Sextet.  According to the excellent website, an unbelievably wonderful resource for those who appreciate or want to learn more about this relatively hazy era of Jamaica's musical history, "the song is about a monkey doubting that people could be descended from monkeys due to poor behavior seen in humans."  It is an absolute classic, so much so that it was adapted and covered by both Mutabaruka and Bunny Wailer many years later.

1 comment:

Cerpts said...

Thanks a lot for doing this! The superb music (and informative text along with every song) goes a long way towards warming me up throughout the blizzard of 2016!