Once We Were Warriors
|By Amir Said (Sa’id)|
There’s this movie, Once Were Warriors, that tells the story of a small family in New Zealand, struggling to make it in a world that is quite unfamiliar to their tribal ancestors. In the movie, the main character—the matriarch of the family—comes to a bittersweet but redefining point: She realizes that all of her immediate family’s woes have occurred because of their disconnect to their heritage and tradition.
Watching the following performance of James Brown on Soul Train, gives me such a bittersweet feeling, because it speaks to a time where there was no disconnect to heritage and tradition…
For educational purposes…
James Brown – “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”
James Brown – “My Thang”