We have posted sheet music for the arrangements of the songs we play as PDF files. We have also included scores below as .ly files for editing with LilyPond or .MUS files for editing with Finale, so you can make your own arrangements. Please feel free to download and use these arrangements, or to email us with suggestions, corrections, and additional music.
We also have an archive of music for songs we don't play anymore, and here's the tunes we're currently trying out
Instrumental by Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti
, B-side from the 1977 single No Agreement
. One of the B.L.O.'s most important political-musical inspirations, Fela was a vocal opponent of Nigerian military rule, where he was jailed, physically attacked, and put under house arrest at various periods of his life for his uncompromising dissent. His mother, feminist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
, was murdered by government soldiers when they stormed Fela's compound, which he had declared the independent Kalakuta Republic
. Fela died of complications from AIDS in 1997, and the profits from a 2003 Fela tribute album RED HOT + RIOT
support efforts to fight AIDS and HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa.
Argentine band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
' biggest hit, from their 1993 album Vasos Vacíos
, about the oppression and forced disappearances during the years of military dictatorship across Latin America, particularly the National Reorganization Process in Argentina. The song narrates the story of a revolutionary hunted down by law enforcement. (See wikipedia entry
folk song dating back to at least 1927, claimed by many composers and cultures, with many Arabic, Jewish (Klezmer
) and Turkish versions, but best known today through Dick Dale
's 1962 American surf rock interpretation. (From wikipedia entry
These are scales you can use for solos for all of the songs we currently play.