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Any tune once explored can be made interesting to play, check this solo version of yellow Bird
Apple , Your post is indeed interesting and educational . Thanks .
I don't think anyone "despised" the tune "Yellow Bird". As a matter of fact I think most of us actually liked it.
I think, like a couple other tunes ("Banana Boat Song"," Ambacaila") it became a cliche for Caribbean music, as cultural tourists would try to impress their friends by requesting Caribbean music bands and steel bands ignore their rehearsed repertoires and "play Yellow Bird".
As everyone knows, Trini musicians liked to showcase the latest calypso hits, and resented being constantly asked to play "Day Oh", or "Yellow Bird" or other music considered by many to.be Caribbean Folk music.
I knew that the tune wasn't hated. it's just that unlike Patrick, many musicians resented being constantly asked to play it.
There is so much unknown about our Caribbean Culture and History... This song was created by us for us before it was adopted, adapted (and stolen) by others... The scourge of neocolonialism and doudouism has tainted and soured it for some... Here is some info to ponder on the origins of "Choukoun" a.k.a. "Ti Zwazo" a.k.a. "Yellow Bird"... > http://www.haitian-truth.org/harry-belafonte-yelow-bird-the-story-o...
Wow!! This is shocking!