Ota Benga

by The May Day Orchestra

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The second 'folk opera' by The May Day Orchestra tells the story of Ota Benga, a pygmy man who was taken from Congo and put on display at the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis. A simultaneous narrative about Roger Casement weaves into the songs as does a lead pedal steel and the occasional string section. More of a rock angle than the folk arrangements of the previous release. CD and LP formats available.

Lyrics by Tim Rakel. Music by Rakel and The May Day Orchestra. String arrangements by Brien Seyle.

credits

released November 9, 2010

Tim Rakel - vocals, guitar, banjo, kalimba, shruti box, train bell
Dave Anderson - pedal steel, keyboard, cornet, banjo
Melissa Anderson - guitars, vocals, lap steel, bass
Josh Weinstein - acoustic bass
Mary Williams - drums, percussion
JJ Hamon - trombone
Chad Ross - accordion
Brien Seyle - fiddles, viola

Kevin Buckley - recording and mixing, fiddle
Carl Saff - mastering
Dana Smith - cover art

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The May Day Orchestra St. Louis, Missouri

The May Day Orchestra was founded in 2008 by songwriter Tim Rakel and has had various line-ups throughout two albums and a single. The current line-up featuring drummer Mary DeLeonardis, bassist Jake DeLeonardis and guitarist Charlie Tabing is at work on a new record for a 2017 release. ... more

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