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David Byrne Salutes African & Caribbean Music With the Playlist "The Beautiful Sh*tholes"

by VVN Music

David Byrne has always been a bit of an outspoken guy, especially when there is an attack on something in which he cares deeply.

On Thursday (February 1), he supported his love of World Music, specifically that of Africa and the Caribbean, with the playlist David Byrne Presents: The Beautiful Shitholes.

Of course, that last word is in reference to Donald Trump's portrayal of African countries and Haiti during a meeting recently at the White House.  Byrne writes:

I assume I don’t have to explain where the shithole reference came from.

Here’s a playlist that gives just the smallest sample of the depth and range of creativity that continues to pour out of the countries in Africa and the Caribbean. It is undeniable. Can music help us empathize with its makers?

For me, Trump is not the issue. We know and have known for a long time that he is racist. That is a fact, borne out by plenty of evidence. It’s not news—we know what he is.

What is truly disturbing are the Republicans who go along with this person. Their behavior makes them complicit and the same as he is...exactly the same, no difference. Remember that come voting time.

The swells in Davos too—people who are happy to get rich off Trump’s policies and are more than fine supporting a racist. None of them have risen to condemn his racism and to say that this man does not represent our values as human beings.

Got that off my chest, now maybe I can listen to some music.


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The playlist can be heard at Byrne's site. The song list:
  • Llegué Llegué / Guararey de Pastorita - Los Van Van
  • Bacalao con Pan - Irakere
  • El Baile del Buey Cansao - Los Van Van - Discogs
  • Ikiri Ada - Lazaro Ros & Mezcla
  • Ojos Color Sol - Calle 13 ft. Silvio Rodriguez
  • Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo - Calle 13
  • Me Voy - Ibeyi ft. Mala Rodriguez
  • Ojuelegba - WizKid
  • Indignados (Radio Edit) - Kefaya
  • Malukayi - Mbongwana Star ft. Konono No. 1
  • Kamelemba (Radio Edit) - Oumou Sangaré
  • Osali Mabe - Staff Benda Bilili
  • Moziki - Staff Benda Bilili
  • Nyaradzo - Mokoomba
  • Naku Xuva - Monoswezi
  • Eh Ya Ye - Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet
  • M'bife - Amadou & Mariam
  • Artistiya - Amadou & Mariam
  • Ghana Blues - Gerald Toto & Richard Bona & Lokua Kanza
  • L'Endormie - Gerald Toto & Richard Bona & Lokua Kanza
  • Na Ye - Gerald Toto & Richard Bona & Lokua Kanza
  • Hello - Jupiter & Okwess
  • Il N'est Jamais Trop Tard - Cheikh Lô
  • Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba
  • Mona Ki Ngi Xica - Bonga
  • Utrus Horas - Orchestra Baobab
  • Senegal Fast Food - Amadou & Mariam
  • Soubour - Songhoy Blues
  • Cler Achel - Tinariwen
  • Zombie - Fela Kuti
  • Yala - Oumou Sangaré
  • Gaga Tres - Haiti
  • Girls Girls Girls - T-Micky & Wyclef Jean
  • M'pral Domi Nan Simitye - RAM
  • Baby I Miss You - Carimi
  • Nou la - Michel Martelly
Byrne's new album, American Utopia, will be out on March 9.