Jamaican Folk Songs with Lorraine Liyanage & Adwoa Dickson
Dulwich Music Festival director Lorraine Liyanage and Forest Hill-based soprano Adwoa Dickson present a recital of Jamaican Folk Songs.
Fan Me Solja Man
Evening Time (Barbara Ferland)
Call Me Dinah
Wata Come In Me Eye
The doctor bird or swallow tail humming bird (Trochilus Polytmus), is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of hummingbirds. There seem to be a bit of unsettled thoughts with regards to the origin of the name ‘Doctor-bird’. It has been said and speculated that the name was given because of the erect black crest and tails that resembles the top hat and long-tail coats that were worn by doctors in the old days.
In most rural parts of Jamaica today, there is a belief that killing a doctor bird will bring bad fortune, or in other words, bring bad luck.
It is not easy, however, to kill a doctor bird. This belief is manifested in a folk song which says:
“Doctor Bud a cunny bud, hard bud fe dead”
which translates to
“It is a clever bird which cannot be easily killed”.
The Jamaican doctor bird has been immortalized in Jamaican folklore and song for many years.
Accompanied by Lorraine Liyanage (piano).
We next perform at Bell House in Dulwich Village on January 19th 2019. Early bird tickets available until 1st of December. [Book Tickets]
A huge thank you to everyone that came to hear us perform on 27 October at St. Barnabas Parish Hall in Dulwich Village. We raised £210 in donations to Westminster House Youth Club in Nunhead.