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Nancy Dupree - Ghetto Reality (1969) [Reissue 2012]

7-06-2014, 09:44
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Soul | Funk | Folk | FLAC / APE

Nancy Dupree - Ghetto Reality (1969) [Reissue 2012]

Artist: Nancy Dupree with Group Of Rochester Ny Youngsters
Title Of Album: Ghetto Reality
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Folkways Records/Asch Records
Genre: Soul, Funk, Jazz, Folk, Gospel
Total Time: 31:59 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 177 mb

Nancy Dupree - Ghetto Reality (1969) [Reissue 2012]

Nancy Dupree initially found her elementary school music students in Rochester, NY resistant to participation in class. Once she dropped the standard literature (which asked "Mr. Bear" to "come and play") and began composing music that bore relevancy to contemporary society and to their very tuned-in and grownup interests, she found they immediately took to performing. Her songs addressed, for example, the contributions icons James Brown and Jelly Roll Morton (aka "Docta King") made to society, the intangible assets each child naturally possessed ("What do I have? Guts...heart...and soul") and fighting for civil rights ("I want my freedom; I want it now"). Not only did singing about meaningful issues in real musical styles reveal the immense talents the students had, but it gave all a critical lesson in empowerment. - Folkways

In 1969 Nancy Dupree was running an after school music program in Rochester, New York. She helped the kids in the program write songs that related to there own experiences and feelings. The results are presented on this LP, and they are really something else. There are black power anthems, odes to stealing candy, a beautiful tribute to James Brown and an even more beautiful tribute to Martin Luther King. Not a novelty record with kids being goofy but rather a heartfelt work of art, Nancy Dupree sensitively accompanying the kids singing on piano. A real classic.

The cover is a faux Folkways-style wraparound print on an old school 'tip on" jacket. Includes a liner note insert.


1 What Do I Have? 3:01
2 James Brown 2:48
3 Bag Snatchin' 2:46
4 Docta King 5:35
5 Virgin Mary 3:00
6 I Want 3:34
7 Frankenstein 0:55
8 Cold 2:16
9 Jingle Bells 3:48
10 Call Baby Jesus 4:12


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