Tuesday, May 02, 2006:

men of Culture: Pirate Days

Culture -- Pirate Days
Culture are Joseph Hill, Albert Walker, and Kenneth Dayes, Rastafarians particularly good at wrapping fiery political lyrics in beautiful head-bobbing melodies. Their work is just as simple as it is catchy and enjoyable, at least provided you're not a baldhead or a reactionary feeling threatened by the lyrics.

For example: politics: "Pirate Days" is a very cheerful-sounding song about colonialism and slavery. What it is is pointed and outraged and--here's the genius of it--lovely. It takes a special skill to pull that off.

Culture started in the late 1970s, with Two Sevens Clash, a roots reggae classic, a giant in the field, and they're still going strong.
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