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No-No Boy - "1603" (Lyric Video)
Listen to No-No Boy's "1603," from his Smithsonian Folkways album 'Empire Electric.' “1603” tells the story of a Spanish expedition - including seven Asian sailors - that became the first encounter with Oregon by non-Native peoples. Its protagonist is the expedition’s diver, an Indian man named Antón Tomás, whose journey from Malabar to Manila to Acapulco to the southern coast of Oregon shows the global reach of empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Directed by Julian Saporiti Julian Saporiti: lead vocal, instruments, programming Emilia Halvorsen Saporiti: harmony vocal Diego Javier Luis: research and spoken word Purchase/Stream: Smithsonian Folkways: Bandcamp: All other platforms: There are seemingly infinite layers of meaning to be found in No-No Boy’s third album, Empire Electric. You can listen closely to singer-songwriter Julian Saporiti’s lyrics, which juxtapose true stories of struggle from throughout Asia and its diaspora with Saporiti’s own reckoning with intergenerational trauma. You could also let the majesty of Saporiti’s songcraft wash over you, his captivating melodies cloaking those themes in a veneer of hope and ecstasy. But the deepest storytelling happens at the sonic level, as sounds drawn from across the Eastern hemisphere mingle freely with distinctly American instrumentation – banjo and koto, lap-steel and guzheng – while electronically manipulated field recordings of rushing water, chirping birds and other natural sounds ground us in the now. Adventurous and affecting, Empire Electric offers a vision for a new kind of folk music, one that tells unorthodox stories through unorthodox means and finds new pathways through our tangled roots. No-No Boy: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Support our work! Become a Friend of Folkways: Diego Javier Luis: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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5 min 33 sec
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