Thursday, 8 April 2010

A tribute..

Malcolm McLaren died today of cancer at age 64. He was formerly the manager of the Sex Pistols, the band responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. In 1971 McLaren and his girlfriend, designer Vivienne Westwood opened a clothes shop on the Kings Road in London. The shop called 'Let it Rock' proved a success and the couple designed clothing for theatrical and cinematic productions.

By 1976 McLaren had started to manage the band that was later to be known as The Sex Pistols. Later he also managed Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow among others. In 1983 McLaren released Duck Rock, an album with mixed up influences from Africa and the Americas, including hip-hop. Two of the singles from the album, Double Dutch and Buffalo Gals became top ten hits in the UK. My favourite track is Soweto. And although it wasn't easy deciding which of his songs to honour him with on this blog, since they were all great songs, I couldn't help posting Soweto. There are two versions of Soweto available on YouTube. For better sound quality listen to it here. He will be greatly missed..

2 comments:

Akin said...

Hello Anengiyefa,

I never knew what to make of the man with this album but it had such great airing on Nigerian television for a while.

Apart from the Englishman's eccentricity with the "Bwana" hat it seemed to bring out a great sense of fun that Africans could have.

The melody, the narration, the gyration and dancing especially in Buffalo Girls was just so captivating and so uniquely unusual to the contemporaneous offerings then.

An obviously talented artist with an eye for the atypical but interesting, if not the revolutionary.

Saddened to hear of his death but you couldn't have chosen a better piece of work to remember him by.

May he rest in peace.

Regards,

Akin

Anengiyefa said...

Hi Akin,

An Englishman who successfully draws on influences from Africa and the Americas and then employing those influences produces music that is enjoyed the world over, deserves a considerable amount of respect methinks. That he was talented is understating it a bit in my view..

Yes, his loss is a sad one, especially since he didn't even achieve the three score and ten that we're told we all should... May he rest in peace indeed.