Red Dust Road: The Music
The music in Red Dust Road is a mixture of new composition from Tayo Akinbode and his arrangements of existing songs. One of the tenets of the piece is the fact that we are shaped as much by the folk songs we hear asby the cells in our bodies. Much of the existing music is directly referenced in the book. Music has played a significant part in Jackie Kay’s life.
Traditional Scottish folk songs, a musical theatre number, a 1970’s disco track sit alongside new compositions and arrangements inspired by Afro/Nigerian traditional music, featuring strong percussive elements.