This weeks Powerplay is by Dr Mary Sullivan Bain – Do You Know Black History.
A recent favourite from man of the moment ‘Moonboots.
Frustrated at her students’ lack of cultural awareness, Miami-Dade public school teacher Dr Mary Sullivan Bain recorded ‘Do You Know Black History’ in 1985, self releasing it as a single for educational purposes.
Original copies didn’t make it much much further than Florida’s public school libraries and the record has been shrouded in mystery up until now.
Produced with no label constraints, this cross-genre grail sits comfortably in many boxes… 808’s, bass synths, deep chords, live percussion and effects dubbed into the mix.
The production leans towards the electronic diy framework that informed the local sound on the Miami south side.
The vocal side offers an inspirational account of Black history, full of passion and pain, while the instrumental side strolls through outer space and Ibizan sunset, sounding exactly like the kind of sublime ambient cut you’d find on a battered old Café del Mar. Reissued officially for the first time ever by Backatcha, this is a total one of a kind.