Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Secret Life of Skank

The Secret Life of Skank was put together by Radio NZ's Nick Atkinson, and looks at the origins of the reggae skank. Well worth a listen.

From RNZ's site: "Aotearoa is reggae's second home with acts such as Katchafire, House of Shem, Fat Freddy's Drop and The Black Seeds going to the top of the charts at will. The genre is built around one simple rhythmic motif called the skank. Nick Atkinson spoke to a DJ, an academic and several musicians to find out how and why we skank."

I discovered recently that the word skank is censored on iTunes NZ. One of the new tunes off my latest Dub Asylum ep is called Jumping Jack Skank, which appeared on iTunes as Jumping Jack S***k. After some moves from my digital distributor to inform iTunes of the particular NZ context for this word (ie its not a widely insult, but a much loved musical form in Aotearoa), iTunes have removed it from their list of banned words. Hoorah!

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