Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Witch Queen Of New Orleans - Noita

Well, now it's the Holy Week, the week before Easter. In addition to religious annotations, Easter is in Finnish folklore tightly connected with witches and trolls. And now it's the right time to present THIS song. Danny recorded "Noita" (The Witch) in 1972 for his album "Käärme". The lyrics were written by Pertsa Reponen. The original song "The Witch Queen Of New Orleans" was one of the biggest hits for US rock group Redbone in 1971. The band was formed in 1969 in Los Angeles by the brothers Patrick and Lolly Vasquez (aka Pat and Lolly Vegas). The name Redbone is a joking reference to a Cajun term for a mixed-race person,"half-breed", the band's members being of mixed blood ancestry. The song was written in honor of Marie Laveau, who was a renowned practitioner of Voudou (i.e Voodoo) in New Orleans in the 19th century. You can see the group perform this song, here.

Here's the pair:

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