What Is My Life in the Bush of Ghosts about?
The stories recount the fate of a small West African boy. After he and his elder brother are abandoned by his family, they flee as armed slave traders approach their village. On becoming separated from his brother, who has likely been captured by the slave traders, he unwittingly enters the bush, or wilderness.
How does the narrator of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts end up in the spirit world?
Having managed to steal the juju, the narrator escapes but turns into a cow. Later, after spending some time among “burglar-ghosts” and marrying the young daughter of a wealthy ghost in the eighth town of ghosts, he continues his quest for the human world.
Why was Quran removed from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts?
The album title is derived from Amos Tutuola’s 1954 novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Soon after the album was released, the Islamic Council of Great Britain objected to the use of samples of Qur’anic recital in the track “Qu’ran”, considering it blasphemy. Byrne and Eno removed the track from later pressings.
What’s so great about Bush of ghosts?
Maybe because it’s so obviously the product of trial-and-error experimentation, Bush of Ghosts sounded like a quirky side project on its release in 1981; heck, it didn’t even have any “songs.” But today, Nonesuch has repackaged it as a near-masterpiece, a milestone of sampled music, and a peace summit in the continual West-meets-rest struggle.
What happened to Bush of ghosts’setlist?
The setlist of Bush of Ghosts has changed several times over the years, and the diehard fans will still have to swap left-out cuts that aren’t resurrected here; most famously, “Qu’ran”, an apparently sacreligious recording of Koran verses set to music, doesn’t get anywhere near this reissue.
Is Bush of ghosts a transgressive album?
But today, Nonesuch has repackaged it as a near-masterpiece, a milestone of sampled music, and a peace summit in the continual West-meets-rest struggle. So we’re supposed to see Bush of Ghosts as a tick on the timeline of important transgressive records.