Monday, August 21, 2017

Stevie Wonder – Jungle Fever (Motown)

Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Be he a musician, Spike Lee would either have been a Soul man or a Hip-Hopper, using his medium to embrace socio/political matters such as race relations, urban crime, poverty, considerations from an Afro-American perspective… His company – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks – has produced more than 35 films since the mid-80’s. His most notable being ‘Do The Right Thing’, ‘Mo’ Better Blues’, ‘Malcolm X’ and ‘Inside Man’ along with ‘Jungle Fever’. He won the Gish Prize “for his brilliance and unwavering courage in using film to challenge conventional thinking” in 2013.

Released back in 1991, ‘Jungle Fever’ was Lee‘s fifth directed film, starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Hall Berry and Samuel L. Jackson, often seen as the latter’s breakout performance, meanwhile depicting interracial relationships against the urban backdrop of the streets of New York City in the nineties.
Its OST has been left care of Stevie Wonder who received mixed critics back then, with the negative ones as usual from the conservative side. We find him here, on some Electro-tinged Swing mood, eventually flirting with GoGo Music at times on the title cut of the album, surrounded by a plethora of backing vocalists including Boyz II Men, and the same on percussion featuring Baba Olatunji (the author of the famous ‘Jingo’ later on covered by Candido on Salsoul Records)…

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