Bailemos esta noche – Let’s Dance Tonight

(1965)

Esta canción “Iko Iko” habla del enfrentamiento de dos tribus de indios del Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Indians) en Nueva Orleans. Bueno, no me voy a liar, hay que ser de Nueva Orleans para entender esto. Pero no para gozarlo, bailarlo, cantarlo y gritarlo por las azoteas. La otra letra jock-a-mo es un grito de guerra de los indios, bueno, al menos eso he leído…

Hay muchas versiones, comenzando por la del propio autor, James “Sugar Boy” Crawford and his Cane Cutters, (1953), The Dixie Cups (1965), el legendario Dr. John (1972), The Grateful Dead (1977), y en 2021, la adaptación del artista Justin Wellington de Papua Nueva Guinea, que la tituló “Iko Iko (My Bestie)”, se convirtió en un hit internacional debido a un desafío en Tik Tok.

(Dr. John, 1977)

Y no me preguntéis que significa la letra, cantadla y disfrutadla…

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“Iko Iko” is a song about two tribes of Mardi Gras Indians who confront each other in New Orleans. But, hey, I don’t want to get caught up in the confusion, so just enjoy the song and dance to it! The phrase jock-a-mo is a war cry of the Indians, I guess…

(The Greatful Dead 1991, photo JamBase

There are many versions of this song beginning in 1953 with the one by its composer James “Sugar Boy” Crawford and his Cane Cutters, (1953), The Dixie Cups (1965), the legendary Dr. John (1972), The Grateful Dead (1977), and in 2021, Justin Wellington, a singer of Papua Nueva Guinea, recorded a version he titled “Iko Iko (My Bestie)”, which became an international hit after a Tik Tok challenge.

(2021)

Well, don’t ask me what the words mean, just dance and sing it on the rooftops!

Aqui teneis una de mis versiones favoritas:

But here is one of my favourite versions:

(2019, DEP Dr. John/RIP Dr. John)

Gracias…

Cheers…

(James Crawford, 1996)

9 Comments

    1. Yes, that is a good one! Thank you!

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  1. Brad Osborne says:

    I had almost forgotten about this song. It is impossible not to want to dance to this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you Brad! All the best, hope you enjoyed it!

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a great dancing song Francis. Great big hugs, coming to you both

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    1. So glad you liked it Joni! Thank you! Big hugs to you two as well!

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are so welcome my friend. 🦋

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  3. Adelheid says:

    I’ve heard this before but I don’t know what the title is until now. Thank you, Sir!

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    1. You’re very welcome! So glad you liked it and learned the title. All the best!

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