Ghetto Reality

Ghetto Reality

Nancy Dupree FW07520 / FC 7520 / AH 820

Nancy Dupree initially found her elementary school music students in Rochester, NY resistant to participation in class. Once she dropped the standard literature (which asked "Mr. Bear" to "come and play") and began composing music that bore relevancy to contemporary society and to their very tuned-in and grownup interests, she found they immediately took to performing. Her songs addressed the contributions icons James Brown and Jelly Roll Morton made to society, the intangible assets each child naturally possessed ("What do I have? Guts...heart...and soul") and fighting for civil rights ("I want my freedom; I want it now"). Not only did singing about meaningful issues in real musical styles reveal the immense talents the students had, but it gave all a critical lesson in empowerment.

Year Released 1969
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1969 Folkways Records
Genre(s) African American Spoken; Children's
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Music--Juvenile

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101 What Do I Have? Nancy Dupree 3:01
102 James Brown Nancy Dupree 2:48
103 Bag Snatchin' Nancy Dupree 2:46
104 Docta King Nancy Dupree 5:35
105 Virgin Mary Nancy Dupree 3:00
201 I Want Nancy Dupree 3:34
202 Frankenstein Nancy Dupree 0:55
203 Cold Nancy Dupree 2:16
204 Jingle Bells Nancy Dupree 3:48
205 Call Baby Jesus Nancy Dupree 4:12
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