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Uploaded on Oct 6, 2011
STAMPS IN 3 MOVEMENTS By Nicholas Brown
Movement I : Marcus Garvey - Message from Home'
This piece exemplifies the power and drive of the Black star line and his bravery, indifference and ingenuity in meeting with Klan in the height of racial prejudice.
The melancholy repetition of racial confrontation that dogs skin shades and the origin of his unique 'Du Bois' confrontation, communicates the strength of character depicted in pictures that capture him dressed in his amazing regalia.
He died after suffering two heart attacks. The first, which struck after reading a false obituary, is the inspiration to the meter of this piece, along with the powerful African rhythm and synth sound that evolves and frames it. The fact he passed away poor and unrecognized in London's inner city is such a shame.
His passion for Africa and clarion call for the returning and freeing of the land from it's colonial past has inspired the 6/8 groove. As a political leader and party founder, the synth edge in the groove pushes the power of future and positive change. As a Pan-African philosopher that inspired most or all great black initiatives - this movement toys with the classical elements that he lived up to.
So important were his remains, that they were exhumed and brought back to rest in national pride in his homeland of Jamaica. The melody in this part of the suite is built on the African European cultural fight that was the beat of his heart. The fight for his people's recognition, but his own wish to sit among the great leaders and minds of his day and be looked upon beyond colour.