WATTS LITTLE ANGEL BAND - NEW ORLEANS / LAND OF 1000 DANCES / NIK NAK PADDY WHACK (7")


"After the Watts Riots in South Los Angeles in 1965, the working-class community suffered further with no improvements to the infrastructure and a lack of opportunity. An underfunded educational system contributed to delinquency, and gradually gangs gained strength. In that vicious circle in the early '70s, a group of children in Watts began playing music using junk and scrap metal as instruments. A community activist, Mike Joseph, who worked with "problem" children discovered this eccentric group. He brought them into a studio in Los Angeles and produced a record in 1971 in cooperation with the Watts Writers Workshop and other community groups. Their instruments included scrap oil drums, iron bars, metal cans & other urban castoffs, which they played with enthusiasm, singing R&B favorites and a kid's song. But it was more than a mere document of child's play. This peerlessly unique musical expression sends a strong message, quite distinct from steel pan music or '80s noise/industrial groups despite a shared use of metal percussion. A tiny but positive change was born in their music, using detritus to create magic." (label info)
in stock | JP| 2012| EM RECORDS | 10.90


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