The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #160996   Message #3821976
Posted By: Steve Shaw
21-Nov-16 - 08:48 PM
Thread Name: Gunga Din. Racist or just of its time?
Subject: RE: Gunga Din. Racist or just of it's time?
Reminds me of the controversy over Paul Robeson singing the lullaby Ma Curly-Headed Baby, and the multitude of versions of the song that, usually ludicrously, remove the "racist" allusions. Audiences of traditional songs are intelligent human beings on the whole and should either hear the unexpurgated original or not hear it at all if the artist isn't comfortable with it. There's always the option of a light-hearted health warning in the pre-song banter, skilfully done.