Mudcat Café message #1947289 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #88125   Message #1947289
Posted By: Cluin
24-Jan-07 - 11:38 PM
Thread Name: Iko Iko
Subject: RE: Iko Iko
Very interesting details of that great tune. Have played and sung it many times and it ALWAYS goes over well. People really connect to it.
I love the Zap Mama version, by the way.

One bit of info regarding Zap Mama... The group is headed by Marie Daulne, an intriguing talent. She was born in Zaire, her Bantu and her father Belgian. When she was a child, the Simba rebels there were trying to kill inter-racial couples. Her mother hid with her in the forest with the Pygmies for several months until she could get away to Belgium and Marie grew up there. Now her art involves an Afro-European mix of music.

Belgium has 3 official languages: Dutch, French and German. FWIW, the Dutch word for sugar is suiker and the German is zucker.

There... that ought to muddy the waters a bit.