The Click Song
As Makeba explains at the beginning of the track, in her native village they sing this when a young girl gets married. They speak by using words and words containing clicks. The bass is simple enough but provides a tropical feel while the percussion and big hit/claps provide enough variation to the rhythms. Harmonies are great melodies are good, and while I've never been exposed to music like this before today it's very interesting, very cool.
One More Dance
It's about a woman and a man. The woman's husband is sick, then dying, then dead, then the will needs to be read. The man constantly reminds her of these things but she constantly dismisses it with flimsy excuses. Excellent music and funny/entertaining lyrics - it's entertaining but fun.
All in all, I love it. I didn't go into it anticipating to hate it, but I was skeptical. It's much more entertaining than I ever thought it could be. I glanced at the track list and only saw one familiar track, 'House of the Rising Sun'. So, knowing that Makeba wouldn't sing in English for the overwhelming majority of the album - I figured I'd cling to this song. Quite the opposite, in fact I'd rank that track near the bottom (especially after just hearing Baez's rendition). Makeba is at her best when she's doing what's most natural for her, singing in her native tongue. Maybe it's because I'm on the beach, but this is perfect beach music.
Tomorrow's album: Billy Joel's The Stranger.