Magazine article New Internationalist

Care in the Community

Magazine article New Internationalist

Care in the Community

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Music

Care In the Community

by Babar Luck (Rebel Music RMR 003 CD)

This début album from the London-based singer Babar Luck is extraordinary by anyone's standards. From the opening bars of '1 Luv', featuring a stratospheric guitar that sounds like it's channelling a lost Smiths song, it's clear that this young musician is set to defy all expectations.

Care in the Community riffs its way forward with a punk directness that has its spiritual roots in the Clash's direct action, with Bob Marley's 'sufferation' and, in its imagery and rolling Urdu accent, a London where curry-and-chips have a ubiquity that says much about integration.

But the community to which Luck's title makes a sardonic reference is a problematic one. 'The white culture showed me a lot/ An' the black cultures showed me a lot/ An' my own people taught me a lot/ Only the real people showed me luv,' he sings on '1 Luv'. …

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