JUJU BEES

the plane across the pond showed a movie with Queen Latifah presiding over a matriarchal black beekeeper society (Alicia Keyes wearing a ‘natural’ wig, that successful singing show contestant, etc) and a young white girl escaping from her abusive father. Who made her kneel on rice (symbolic rice?) while he drank beer (symbolic beer?) as punishment for playing in the dirt after bedtime. At this point I assumed the movie was German.

The young white girl has a troubled past which inserts itself into the present via flashbacks. The black women have their laughter, their honey, and the power of music. The editing was clumsy. This is what I understood as I glanced at the screen from time to time with no audio. Also, racism – in a movie theater!

now I’m looking for electricity in the airport.

This song — I’ve heard it sampled but can’t remember where. Maybe you can.

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King Sunny Adé – Syncro Series Syncro System

(from, among other places, Rough Guide to Africa & Middle East)

7 thoughts on “JUJU BEES”

  1. “At this point I assumed the movie was German.” LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

    Not sure who sampled it, but the rhythm track reminds me of a dancehall break that reggaeton has been flogging for years (in partic, that double-sixteenth click on the downbeat). Great track.

  2. amazed finding my radconf-gif on your myspace today 😉
    lookin forward to see you in berlin.
    the jajouka track was wonderful.

  3. Hello hello! I have recently become addicted to your podcasts – as we say around here in our Palestinian-Moroccan-gringo home, j’aime beaucoup. Great stuff. I am madly searching for the album you mentioned several weeks back and played a track from, I believe it’s called Caravan du Rif. Maghrebi pop. Is this buyable?

  4. I was fortunate enough to see King Sunny twice around the time of that LP. They played this track both times and it’s a monster live. A very stoner-ific tune, this one. Gotta love those talking drums! I remember a lot of Deadheads into this LP at the time…

  5. hearing this track brought back great memories, i saw king sunny ade play this with live with black uhuru. by the way im constantly check your blog from south america . its just full of dub clarity.

  6. hearing this track brought back great memories, i saw king sunny ade play this with live with black uhuru. by the way im constantly check your blog from south america . its just full of dub clarity.

  7. Jace,
    I remember where you heard that sample.
    On one of my tracks called “moondub” that I sent
    to you on cd-r about 7 years ago.

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