Funky Mathilda

richardseah

Singapore, Singapore

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Mathilda leads a 4-piece band called Mathilda and the Motherfunkys.

My artist / musician friend David had told me that she is “very good” and I was not disappointed.

I felt, however, that the name of the band wasn’t quite suitable. For one thing, “Motherfunkys” is a phrase that tends to be misread and mispronounced by people with crude and vulgar minds – like me ;-)

LOL! Even Google thinks the same way. Do a Google search for “motherfunkys” and you will be asked: “Do you mean Mo………s?”

More than that, the word “funky” brings to mind songs like “Play that funky music” which is quite far from her style. Matilda’s style – and especially her highly creative music arrangements that included making one of the pop Christmas Carols (oops! I forgot which) sound traditional Jewish – is more jazzy and classy.

But when I checked dictionary.com, I realised that she is probably right. Only now did I discover…

funk·y (fŭng’kē) means, amongst other things…
1. Of or relating to music that has an earthy quality reminiscent of the blues
2. Combining elements of jazz, blues, and soul and characterized by syncopated rhythm and a heavy, repetitive bass line.
3. Characterized by originality and modishness

That’s Mathilda all right.

And I guess this image of her might also be described as “funky”.

Once again, as in my other photograph Eye on Mr Conductor I was presented with a situation where the performer was blocked by a music stand.

I could move to the side and take pictures of her unblocked. And I did. But those pictures were not quite as, er, funky as those with her face framed by the stand and its lights.

Celebrating December. The Esplanade. Singapore. 20 December 2008.


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