At least that’s what I guess the Ndirande Pitch Crooners are singing in Elube, which for obvious reasons I take to be a (satirical?) song about lapdogs. The guy I knew whose knowledge of Bantu languages might have been sufficient to enable transcription and translation, and who may well have seen the singers in the Soweto-like slums on the outskirts of Blantyre where I assume the song was born in the 1950s, is no longer with us. So if anyone else has a clue, please… At the very least you’ll get a recording of the version accompanied by barrel organ.
- Where did Petersburg’s organ-grinders go in winter?
I fear only some of them migrated with the swallows. Featuring Boris Sadovskoy, Yuri Norstein, Aleksey Batalov, Rolan Bykov and Gogol.
- Top 10 Russian football songs: No. 8: the 1938 Futbol’nyy Marsh (“Football March”) by Matvey Blanter, composer of Stalin-era patriotic ditties
With a recording of a barrel alarm clock, a Shostakovich anecdote, a copyright tussle between the Russian Premier League and the Russian Authors’ Society, and more Blatner material.
- The true story, never revealed, of the barrow organ
There’s more to this eggcorn than Somerset genius.
- Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.