Voices from the Danish West Indies

"Stand on your feet and fight"

Friday 17 November 2017 at 20:00 Queen's Hall
Illustrations from the library’s collection are included in the concert
Illustrations from the library’s collection are included in the concert

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DR Big Band presents the work Stand on your feet and fight, which marks the centenary of Denmark’s handing over of the Danish West Indies to USA. Come to the concert in The Black Diamond and experience the music, along with a unique collection of historical images from the collections of The Royal Library.

With the concert project ‘Voices from the Danish West Indies’, The Royal Library wishes to present an auditive and musical marking of the centenary of the sale of The Danish West Indies as a continuation of the major separate exhibitions  Blind Angles. Images from the colony of the Danish West Indies, accompanied by a visual aspect with both historical images and illustrations as well as video clips.

The composer Peter Jensen has undertaken to carry out the project, and from the outset it has been of essential importance that the work has historical trustworthiness and relevance with regard to the islanders’ own voice. Furthermore, much thought has been given to what a musical composition in 2017 can add to Danish colonial history.

The project is the result of a voyage of discovery in the archives of the Folklore Collection, where the most important find was the sound recordings made by the music ethnologist Mary Jane Soule between 1978 and 1985. The archive contains both folk music and interviews, including some with islanders who remember the great strike in the sugar plantations in 1915, but also songs about the rebellion in 1878 and, for example, an interview with a woman who started her schooling in a Danish school in 1910 and who is still able to sing the Danish national anthem Kong Christian stod ved højen mast in a charming blend of Danish and Creole.

Stand on your feet and fight is a poem to the rebellion, read by Marie Richards. The recording is used in the work Voices from the Danish West Indies.

1. What the use of kicking, it doesn´t help at all
Stand on your feet and fight!
What the use of crying, where you let the teardrops fall
Stand on your feet and fight!
Stand on your feet – look straight ahead, never turn around to gaze, keep on the track, never turn back
Stand on your feet and fight!

2. Did I hear you say? You cannot make the grade?
Stand on your feet and fight!
Other they have made it, then why are you afraid?
Stand on your feet and fight!
Stand on your feet – look straight ahead, never turn around to gaze, keep on the track, never turn back
Stand on your feet and fight!

3. What did you say? You cannot keep the pace?
Stand on your feet and fight!
Remember, no colored have ever won a race!
Stand on your feet – look straight ahead, never turn around to gaze, keep on the track, never turn back
Stand on your feet and fight!

4. You´ve got to stand on your feet when the going is rough
Stand on your feet and fight!
You´ve got to make up your mind from more than enough
Stand on your feet and fight!
Stand on your feet – look straight ahead, never turn around to gaze, keep on the track, never turn back
Stand on your feet and fight!

5. Never mind the noise,  but keep up your chin!
Stand on your feet and fight!
Carry on and pray, the battle you must win!
Stand on your feet – look straight ahead, never turn around to gaze, keep on the track, never turn back
Stand on your feet and fight