The Big Issue : Edition 579
AROUND THE WORLD IN SONG VENDORPORTRAITSCOURTESYOFINSP Eduard | Salzburg, Austria Street Paper: Apropos Song: ‘Der Glockenjodler’ (The Bell Yodeller), by Franzl Lang “This song is real folk music; I like folk music a lot. This song makes me feel good, I feel very touched whenever I hear it. It’s been a part of my whole life. I first heard it at a very young age, and ever since, again and again. It’s always coming with me.” Magda | Athens, Greece Street Paper: Shedia Song: ‘S’agapo Giati Eisai Oraia’ [‘I Love You Because You Are Beautiful’], by Alkistis Protopsalti “It fills my soul with love. It reminds me of my mother when I was a kid. She used to stroke my hair and sing this song.” Tony | Chicago, US Street Paper: StreetWise Song: ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’, by Otis Redding “I sat on that same bench where Redding came up with this song. Once, when I finally went to San Francisco, I wrote a letter to my girlfriend, put it in a bottle, and threw it in the San Francisco Bay. I called to see if she got it. She said, ‘No, you fool.’” Luís | Salvador, Brazil Street Paper: Aurora da Rua Song: ‘Revolta Olodum’, by Olodum “I am from Pelourinho [a main hub of Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador]. Olodum has songs that evoke social justice and citizenship. ‘Revolta Olodum’ is one of those songs that gets people’s attention and makes them think about their social reality. It is a good song and very moving. It talks about our people and the injustices of slavery, even now, in our country.” Priscilla | Vancouver, Canada Street Paper: Megaphone Song: ‘Turn the World Around’, by Harry Belafonte and The Muppets “I grew up with my grandparents Sarah and Thomas in the Wet’suwet’en territory. On Sundays, we watched The Muppet Show and the song made me dance with no care in the world. My grandparents allowed me to explore in imagination. They were my rock – they anchored me with love and tears and laughter.” Ion | Copenhagen, Denmark Street Paper: Hus Forbi Song: ‘La Paloma’ (‘No More’), by Elvis Presley “If not for music I could not live. My favourite piece of music is ‘La Paloma’. I love to play it. Music is an international language – it is everybody’s mother tongue.” Music is something that can, and does, cross borders. It can get us through the toughest of times. Here, vendors of street magazines from around the world – all part of the International Network of Street Papers – share the song that means most to them.