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Tubman Goodtype Songs of Liberia

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Precious Palm Tree
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No Bananas
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Bush Cow Milk
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Cousin Mosquito #1
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Cousin Mosquito #2
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Total Tracks: 5   Total Length: 29:05

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04.22.11
Malinda Jackson Parker, Tubman Goodtype Songs of Liberia
1971 | Label: Spunky Monkey Music / The Orchard

Loveable Liberian eccentric who conjures up a heavenly hash of Nina Simone and Lucia Pamela. Though not a politico by profession, the late "Ma Parker" served a term in Liberia's House of Reps in the '50s during the William V. S. Tubman administration. Musically, the dizzy yet dignified Parker mauled folk songs and addressed societal concerns with a freewheeling half-sung, half-narrated style, while pounding mercilessly on a grand piano. The album offers odes to bush… read more »

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A Most Unique Gem

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This outsider classic is an essential listening experience for anyone with a penchant for raw, unaffected ingeniousness. Parker plays classical piano pieces while delving into topics (vocally and conversationally) such as the dangers of mosquitoes and the blessings bestowed by palm trees. She also covers two traditional folk tunes: "Bush Cow Milk" and "No Bananas," in her own, fresh style. Parker's untrained voice is clear and full of life, and her impromptu commentary makes a striking impression (check out her history lesson on Rachmaninoff in "Cousin Mosquito #2"). This mini-album was privately pressed in Parker's home country of LIberia in 1971, not having much chance for widespread fame. But fortunately, a handful of copies got around so that listeners around the world can appreciate her unique legacy!