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Sheet Music

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

AP Touro

Written by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, this track appears on Rebirth Brass Band's 2011 release Rebirth of New Oreans. Presumably named for A. P. Tureaud, the famed NAACP attorney who filed the lawsuit that successfully ended the system of Jim Crow segregation in New Orleans.
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Cigonko Moja

Literally "My Little Gypsy Girl", this is the title of many songs from Eastern Europe from the Romani culture. The song we play is a traditional melody taught to us by Rumen “Sali” Shopov and local Balkan musician, Peter Jaques.
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Do What You Wanna

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Dog Eat Dog

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.
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J.J.D.

Another song by Fela Kuti (see above), released as a 22-minute single in 1977.
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La Murga De Panama

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La Vida Es Un Carnaval

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Los Chucos Suaves

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Matador

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.)
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Moliendo Café

1961 hit song by Hugo Blanco of Venezuela about a coffee picker in love with the plantation owner’s daughter. (Also see wikipedia entry.)
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Monserrat Serrat

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Naborusa

Song of unclear origin (and many titles and varied spellings) from the Romani culture. The version we play was taught to us by Rumen “Sali” Shopov and local Balkan musician, Peter Jaques.
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Ooh Na Nae

Traditional melody based on one of many chants used by the Mardi Gras Indians in the New Orleans Second Line Tradition.
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St. James Infirmary Blues

American folksong of unclear origin, made famous by a 1928 recording by Louis Armstrong. (See wikipedia entry.)
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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

1983 pop hit and ablum by The Euythmics. We play a version by the Soul Rebels Brass Band from their 2012 debut record, Unlock Your Mind.
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We Got That Fire

Traditional New Orleans Second Line song.
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You Move Ya Lose

New Orleans Second Line song by Rebirth Brass Band, from their 1994 album Rollin.
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