Current Listening: Nancy Jacobs 1950’s Africa

April 17, 2011 // Posted in Uncategorized  

Recently I attended a Paul Simon concert.  What I’ve appreciated about his music are the many styles he’s brought to the table, especially in his Graceland album.  After going to his concert, I started researching some of the bands that inspired him.  In learning about the Boyoyo Boys, I stumbled across a great track called “Baby are Yeng” by Nancy Jacobs and Her Sisters.  The song glorifies the youthful lifestyle in Prohibition era Chicago.  Nancy Jacob’s voice seems to echo a bit of The Andrews Sisters singing “Rum And Coca Cola” or  Millie Smalls singing “My Boy Lollipop” the first Ska song that ever saw any popularity in the US.

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