Thursday, May 01, 2008


Don't get me wrong. I like the Jazz Crusaders. I also like that they worked extensively with Hugh Masekela, and have ties to South Africa. I think it's all great.

What I am not clear on, is the artwork for this album.

Why, precisely, does an album entitled Live in South Africa feature what appears to be a Siberian Tiger on its cover? More generally why in the hell does any album related to Africa feature a Tiger?

It's bad enough, thanks to The Weavers' decision to steal/shit upon the fine song "Mbube" with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," that now a large portion of the population believes that lions are jungle creatures. But c'mon, at least they got the general CONTINENT right.

The music is pretty good though.


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