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Music break – Mardi Gras

Three tunes for fat Tuesday (which I completely missed)


Plus – BONUS! Colour footage of 1941 New Orleans parade:

Music break – modern all-star jazz

On 12 May, Mos Def and Ben Jaffe got together to write a song for Gulf Aid, a benefit fund for those affected by the oil spill.

In an all-night jam session, they recorded this musical collaboration as the GULF AID ALL-STARS: New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty playing with Lenny Kravitz, Tim Robbins and Mos Def. The song – an updated version of a 1960s New Orleans Mardi Gras standard originally written by Joseph Smokey Johnson (who also recorded the track) and Wardell Joseph Quezergue – features updated lyrics by Mos Def and Preservation Hall’s Ben Jaffe.

Thanks Dana!