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songs everyone should own: charles mingus – haitian fight song

There are a lot of different versions of “Haitian Fight Song” floating around out there, but none of them seem to have the same power or immediacy of the original off his 1957 album “The Clown.”

Mingus said ” It has a folk spirit, the kind of folk music I’ve always heard anyway.[…] My solo in it it’s a deeply concetrated one. I can’t play it right unless I’m thinking about prejudice and persecution, and how unfair is it. There’s sadness and cries in it, but also determination. And it usually ends with my feeling ‘I told them! I hope somebody heard me!'”

Anyways, you should buy a shit load of Mingus whenever you get the chance.

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