February 28, 2008

Buddy Miles - Down By The River

I just read that Buddy Miles passed away.

The song was an enormous hit back in Suriname. It was number 1 for a very long time. The best memories I have regarding this song was during my school vacation in september 1971, peddling down the Suriname river in a korjaal ( see picture below) to visit an old plantation called Rorac, and stay for a few days . My best friends family owned the place, right in the middle of nowhere.

boot used by runaway slaves to travel the rivers

Imagine two 17 years old teenagers crossing a tropical river in this korjaal and a battery-radio somewhere in the front, with the volume on max and Buddy Miles singing "Down By The River".

Rest In Peace

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