Mudcat Café message #2865091 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46661   Message #2865091
Posted By: GUEST,Ceyahnai Kuteh
16-Mar-10 - 06:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Chicken Is Nice (Dave Van Ronk)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Van Ronk: Chicken Is Nice
My brother-Dr.William Allen is a professor of African Studies at the University of Kennesaw in Kennesaw, Georgia. His area of concentration is foods and the role it has played in the relocation project of free slaves to Liberia, West African, from the 1800's to present. While hiking Kennesaw Mountain last saturday, we began to discuss a seminar he recently chaired on the topic of "Collard Greens & Pig Feet. We are both from Liberia and I reminded him that a Liberian folk singer by the name of Mahilia Jackson-Parker was well known for a collection of songs back in the 1960s when we just kids. She even had recordings made, and one of the most popular song was "Chicken Is Nice With Palm Butter and Rice", a dish which happens to be one of the few common threads between the Native Africans and the Americo-Liberians or Free Slaves. We are attempting to locate a copy of her recording for education purposes. Have you ever heard of her? MSKUTEH@BELLSOUTH.NET