David Rudder’s Music Shines on New York Times Best Of 2018 List
David Rudder’s twenty year old song makes a resurgence on New York Times Best Of 2018 Music List
So much trouble in the home of the brave and the land of the free
Am I an immigrant or am I a new slave, made for all brutality?
I don’t think so.
Is it that man has lost his reason?
You can’t even blame the heat
They’re moving like jackals in the hunting season
And the refugee’s soul is the meat….
The poignant lyrics from this song, The Immigrants by David Rudder, are as relevant today as they were over twenty (20) years ago when Rudder first released it on his ‘Beloved’ album. The incident that birthed this song was the 1997 attack on Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima, by the New York Police. The song was adapted by Guatemalan singer, Gaby Moreno and American musician, Van Dyke Parks and released on July 4th 2018.
The song came in at number twenty-five (25) on the New York Times lists that ranked the 65 Best songs for 2018. The list compiled by music critic, Jon Parles, also included music by Sade, Cardi B and YoLa Tengo to name a few. For the full list click here -> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/arts/music/best-songs.html .
David Rudder is a celebrated calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago, whose career spans over three decades. He exploded on to the music scene in nineteen seventy-seven (1977) as a member of the Charlie’s Roots band. From then, he continued to grow as a major pioneer on the music scene with his innovative song-writing, social commentary and complex musical arrangements. He has been celebrated for his music throughout the diaspora and internationally including three nominations for Sunshine awards , winner of the Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Silver (for Culture) and Keys To The City of Port Of Spain (in Trinidad and Tobago).
The adaptation of the song is available to download and stream at http://smarturl.it/TheImmigrants. Proceeds will be donated to the Central American Resource Center of California (CARECEN), a community-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity:
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