Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele tells the story behind the old song Jamaica Farewell. This traditional calypso song is about the beauties of the West Indies. Calypso is a style of music from African and European roots. The lyrics were written by Lord Burgess (Irving Burgie). The song first appeared on Harry Belafonte’s phenomenally successful album Calypso. The term “ackee rice” in the lyrics refers to the fruit of a tropical tree indigenous to the Ivory Coast and Gold Coast of West Africa that was taken to Jamaica in 1793. It has some poisonous properties, yet if properly prepared the fruit it often used as a food additive.
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RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story:
Jamaica Farewell (Backing up Willie K on ‘ukulele) – https://youtu.be/AMkd83Cgfjo
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Native Hawaiian Mele Fong from Maui is an experienced educator and professional entertainer with over 50 years experience playing the ‘ukulele – Hawaii’s official instrument. Are UKE having fun yet? Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way!