Louis Farrakhan, "The Charmer"

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Performed by Eugene Walcott a.k.a. Minister Louis Farrakhan

A Note From The Gull

It seems that Harry Belafonte was the one that got the calypso craze started with the release of his album "Calypso Favourites, 1953-1954." After this, many foreign performers tried it with varying degrees of success. Most are aware that Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) [whose mother was from St. Kitts and Nevis and father was Jamaican] was a calypsonian before he joined the NOI. He sang under the sobriquet "The Charmer" or some say "Calypso Gene, The Charmer." It seems he was later asked to give it up by Elijah Mohammed. Understandably it was an oil and water situation..."Don't Touch Mih Nylon" and "Fire Down There" and NOI values weren't going to mix.

As a performer, he was good! I have to stop trying to imagine what he might have gone on to do as a composer/performer. My favourite is his rendition of "Back to Back" which was composed and sung originally by Tobagonian calypsonian, "Lord Intruder."

Well, the following video features another one of Minister Farrakhan's many talents. In May of 1993, according to the blurb that accompanies this video, he "staged a recital of the Violin Concerto, Op.64, by the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn in what was one of the most politically-resonant artistic displays in classical music history. In a performance manifesting the most dramatic confluence of art and politics...Farrakhan instantly established himself as the single most transformative classical musician in American artistic history."

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Thank you for all your music, Minister Farrakhan.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!