Janelle Monae makes us wonder about the fate of the vuvuzela
By Chris Richards
Not since Auto-Tune has a music-making device been debated as hotly as the mighty vuvuzela. With the World Cup almost a week in the rear view, funnyman Will Ferrell kept the buzz alive on last night's ESPY Awards, playing the role of Jeff Vuvuzela, alleged inventor of the glorious plastic horn.
Watch Ferrell's fairly hilarious routine above, and make sure you stick around for the 4:30 mark. That's when sci-fi R&B chanteuse Janelle Monae arrives on the scene for a duet with Ferrell. Again, fairly hilarious, but if we may quote an bit from ESPY host Seth Meyers, "Really, Janelle?" You don't have any Phil Niblock or Tony Conrad albums in your collection?
Of all the pop stars in our cosmos, Monae is one of the last we would expect to find having a laugh at the expense of the vuvuzela's meditative drone. In fact, we're hoping to hear more of its droney influence on pop music in the near future. Locally, we've heard trickles. During a recent set by DJ Dave Nada (full disclosure: he's a buddy) at U Street Music Hall, Nada occasionally interrupted the evening's loping cumbia rhythms with a sample of the vuvuzela's sonorous BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Will we hear more vuvuzela in pop music this summer? Vote in our poll below.
July 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories: Polls | Tags: Janelle Monae, Phil Niblock, Tony Conrad, vuvuzela
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