It's a Dirty Business
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All songs have a story behind them and It's a Dirty Business is no different.
Pawo was in conversation with a friend who told him that he would do absolutely anything for his children even give his life but his love for them was not strong enough for him to stop smoking. This Pawo found to be an tragic admission for a father and as a result Pawo looked into the history of the tobacco trade and what it means to be a smoker. It was this investigation that led to the writing of It's a Dirty Business.
It's a Dirty Business tells of how the tobacco trade was established upon the suffering of slaves. How the habit chains those who are tempted by it, to a life of slavery to it and how we could spend our money more appropriately, for instance, by keeping an African child alive whch cost three packets of cigarettes per month.
Further to this, with children forever in mind, Pawo goes on to suggest to the young that they keep well clear of cigarettes, as it is truly It's a Dirty Business.
The pictures below show a wonderful day spent recording at the studio of John Clayton in Cold Harbour Lane Brixton London where It's a Dirty Business was recorded by The Gesar Foundation Jazz Collective. Directly below these first two pictures is an opportunity to buy It's a Dirty Business, please do so, it helps us enormously. Thank you.
Above.Dorje and Gary wait outside and then Jessica and Sam arrive and the day begins.
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