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The intro track slowly evolves and a new beat ushers in the sound of TV interference and the voice of a 1950’s chat show host who reflects on America’s values of “democracy”, “liberty” and “freedom”. He confronts us with the myth of the “old south” and the “happy acquiescent slave” as the track develops into a new rendition of the traditional folk song “Black Jack Davy”. This story dates back to at least 1720 and recounts a tale of a runaway gypsy who charms the unmarried daughter of his squire.

This original folk song, sung by NYC collaborating vocalist Melanie Moser, is twisted further around America’s dark history of slavery and racism with the inclusion of fragments of US President Barak Obama’s 2008 election victory speech. These now iconic words of hope take on new meaning as we approach the end of his presidency. This reflects America’s long journey from independence to multicultural make up today, but perhaps also asks us to consider the false hope and failed promises that this first black president brought with him. The track ends with a statement from MC Emski about the word “Nigger” and its inappropriate use in Hip-Hop. Again we are reminded of the power of the word and its imprint on our collective psychology.

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from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore, released September 28, 2014
Audio samples of dialog taken from Richard D Heffner, “The New Negro” 1957, Burak Obama’s Presidential Acceptance Speech, Chicago 2008 & from a conversation with MC Emskee, New York 2006.

Narrative Editor : Christopher Thomas Allen

Vocal : Melanie Moser
Fiddle : Luke Cissell
Cello : Brent Arnold
Acoustic Guitar : Mark McRae

Music Production & Arrangement : Tim Cowie

Additional Music : Mark McRae & Jude Greenaway
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer: Christopher Thomas Allen

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