Swingin’ Songs But, You need to think about

I’m Nalla Kim, lindyhop instructor in SEOUL, Korea.

I’d like to share some songs you need to think about before you play for dancing/performing. Also, Hope it helps for next generation dancers and also non-English speaking swing scenes in the world. Let’s learn together more about African American (and also other’s) culture and history beyond songs and dancing.

If you wanna dancing, performing and DJing to these songs. Please consider again and check reference or study more about it and ask questions to others. Surely, this list is NOT absolute list. but, you can start studying from here.

* I don’t wanna people use this list like a bible or absolute list for dancers. and please don’t use this tool to blame someone. and Don’t stop studying yourself to understand others. Please share what you know & love to others who also love this dance.

I will keep updating this list and let me know if you have any questions ( nallakim@hanmail.net )

“The Lindy Hop will be danced all over the world to live big band music. Everywhere that Lindy Hop is danced, on the dance floors and off, people of diverse backgrounds will treat each other with respect and warmth…” – “Vision”, Frankie Manning Foundation

안녕하세요, 날라킴입니다. 소셜/공연/DJing시에 다시한번 고려해봐야할만한 노래리스트들을 공유합니다. 우리가 추는 춤을 사랑하는 만큼 춤이나 노래를 넘어서 그들의 문화 또 다른 여러 문화들를 더욱더 잘 이해하는 계기가 되길 바랍니다. 아래의 리스트에는 절대적으로 나쁘다라고 하기 어려운 곡들도 많이 포함하고 있습니다. 이 리스트가 절대적인 해답이 될수는 없겠지만 다시한번 고민하고 공부할수 있는 계기가 되기를 바랍니다. 자유롭게 공유하시고, 또한 추가할 곡이 있다면 추가 부탁드립니다. 궁금하신점은 언제든 Email ( nallakim@hanmail.net) 으로 연락 부탁드립니다. 감사합니다.

● Click to See List (리스트 보기)

● Click to Add more songs (추가 하기)

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Porl Smith says:

    I really think you should reflect on your choice of songs for your blacklist. For one, Billie Holiday’s version of ‘Strange fruit’. Billie struggled to voice this song and eventually performed it at the Cafe Society in New York. It was one of the first black protest songs and despite the lyrics it is a song that everybody should listen to and celebrate. Her followers fought to have it produced and I’m afraid you mistakenly commit the same actions as the racists of 1939 America.

    1. nallakim says:

      Thanks for your comment Porl. I agree about your idea. people need to think about more and study more by themselves surely including me. But, by language barrier, many people can’t know some details like you know. and sometime hard to start studying about history and culture. so, hope this list is just one of reference and NOT absolute list for something. Thanks again for your information and advice~!

    2. Al Mayberry says:

      What Porl says is true. I agree that the song should not be censored but I would not play it because I can’t take the pain and it would ruin my night.

  2. Al Mayberry says:

    This list seems a bit confused as it seems to sometimes be censoring protest songs. Four Women is protesting issues that are relevant today. But then it is not ‘Party Music’ so it will not contribute to a happy mood. Perhaps the problem with this type is that maybe it shouldn’t be banned but more often the list could suggest to only play thoughtfully.

  3. Sam says:

    I noticed that “big fat mama” is on your list to study and discuss.

    Chiming in with a $0.02 opinion, speaking as a skinny white USA person: The African American culture here around weight is pretty much the opposite of white (and most Asian American) culture and saying that we shouldn’t play songs that glorify heavy bodies erases that aspect of black culture instead of celebrating it as part of the heritage of Lindy. Note some of the best black swing dancers I’ve seen here are double my width!

    I respect that you have made your list for Korea, and you speak from lived experience of Korean Lindy dance culture. Are there local concerns around “skinny shaming” that make it appropriate to think carefully before putting this song and similar ones in a set? Or maybe the dancers have less fun with these songs?

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