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Jamesie and the All Stars, Live at the Chicago World Music Festival
Artist/Band: Jamesie and the All Stars
James Brewster and the All Stars performed live in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music as part of the 2004 World Music Festival. This CD is a live recording of their performance that evening.
Scratch band music, also known as Quelbe, is an indigenous, grass-roots form of folk music that originated in the U.S. Virgin Islands over a century ago. The lyrics are a form of oral history used to immortalize significant historical events, spread "rude" gossip about one's neighbors, and relay the day-to-day trials and tribulations of living on a small Caribbean island. Playing with some homemade instruments made from tin cans and gourds, the music has a crudeness to it that is intoxicating and rhythmic speaking to both the beauty and the hardship of the Crucian (of St. Croix) lifestyle. 79-year old James Brewster has performed and recorded throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the United States and is the legendary "King of Scratch"