The Dialect of the Black American (1970) Spoken Word LP

Western Electric Record #MG-202784 (1970)

“All of us are familiar with the sounds of foreign tongues. We enjoy hearing the rolling softness of French, for example, or the guttural strength of German. All of us also have heard the speech of the black American. But we rarely grant it the same consideration we extend automatically to the languages of other lands. The black dialect, as seen by the linguist, is the subject of this record…At a time when interracial communication and understanding are assuming enormous importance, this record hopes to help explain for listeners of all races what black dialect is and how it functions. The intent is, simply, information. The difficult goal is to let us all, as we talk with one another, hear with open ears.”


Download the full LP at the WFMU blog

File under Blaxploitation, Comedy, Culture, SeMeN SPeRmS BLArRrG

The Danchall Reggae Cover Art of Wilfred Limonious

Back in the early 90’s, while record diggin’, I picked up Josey Wales Undercover Lover offa the strength of the amazin’ cover art. So when WFMU’s Beware of the Blog hipped me to an online archive of Limonious’ album artwork, I knew I was in for a treat!

“Who is Wilfred Limonious?
Limonious is a graphic artist who created many of the most memorable jamaican LP covers of the eighties and early nineties. His work remained relatively unknown outside of Jamaica because most of these records were never released internationally. Reggae and Dancehall aficionados frequenting vinyl import stores around the globe however often keep fond memories of these rare records not only due to the music but also because of Limonious’ vivid and often hilarious illustrations. Digging deeper into the crates one will also find examples that go beyond the often cited cartoon characters. Particularly his hand-made renditions of those geometric shapes that were ubiquitous in the eighties have a charm of their very own.
Unfortunately virtually nothing can be found on the web about his personal life and his current whereabouts. Only this: User kalcidis at mentioned in a forum post that he was “pretty sure” that Limonious has passed away in the first years of the new millennium.”

The Wilfred Limonious Archive

File under Arts 'n Crafts, Culture, Influences, Music, SeMeN SPeRmS Approved, SeMeN SPeRmS BLArRrG