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Mirror To The Soul

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:06 am
by Rob Hall
The full title is 'Mirror To The Soul. Music, Culture and Identity in the Caribbean 1920-1972'. It's a 2-CD set plus a DVD with a 2-hour documentary, taken from British Pathé newsreel footage.

I haven't watched the DVD yet, but the music is fantastic. This track jumped out on a first listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snKmpJMG3Tg

Re: Mirror To The Soul

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:38 am
by Jamie Renton
Thanks for flagging this up Rob, it looks right up my street and includes surprisingly few tracks I've already got (and roll on payday)

Re: Mirror To The Soul

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:52 am
by NormanD
"Mirror To The Soul". Eye & eye?

I'd especially like to see the video archive that comes with it. I once helped put together a short video of old footage of early Afro-Caribbean presence in the UK, mainly lifted from newsreel footage. It was for a reminiscence project I was working on, for Black older people in care homes. The biggest problem we had was that most of the film had awful commentaries from the Pathé News / Movietone commentators - you can imagine, the patronising descriptions as new arrivals walked down the gangplank, etc. So, we cut out the soundtrack and dubbed it with whatever old Caribbean music we could find. There wasn't too much of that around either.

We showed it to a group of older people, in the hope that the film would be good trigger material to talk about their own lives and memories. The first comment? "Independence Ska didn't come out until years after then....." It was what I'd now call a 'Darbucka Moment'.