Brown Girl in the Ring is a traditional children’s song in the West Indies. It was originally featured in the game by the same name – thought to have originated in Jamaica.
The song became Internationally known when it was recorded by the group Boney M in 1978. The song went straight to number 2 on the UK charts. It grew in popularity all throughout Europe and seemed to have a particular popularity in Germany. The group Boney M was a vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. The original four members lived in Germany at the time and were all Jamaican born.This playful song still lives in side the hearts of people throughout the world- it is lively- fun and upbeat. Marco and Ellie have added a new flavor to the mix… by bringing in a wide mix of Marco’s drum and percussion tracks along with Accordion and Bass in addition to Ellie’s vocals. The already popular song is elevated to a new level of International flavor- the alchemy grows broader and wider… taking a turn into Cuban- Brazil and New Orleans … even venturing into the bayous of Louisiana’s French Acadian geography.
The musical gumbo gets richer by the moment … enjoy as you listen to this lively and eclectic masterpiece. Purchase the digital copy here!
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Elizabeth Pace Lamson (aka Ellie) grew up loving everything about the Old French Quarter, Mardi Gras, and the music that defines her city. A professional singer and songwriter, Ellie first sang the Mardi Gras theme song “If Ever I Cease to Love” for her entire school when she was only 6 years old. It has been dear to her heart ever since, and she has always wanted to remake a new version of the song that will get people dancing in the streets!
Mark Lamson, (aka Marco), has spent his life traveling to Cuba, Mexico and Brazil, where he has studied and performed with dozens of legendary musicians and drummers – including Regino Jimenez, Esteban Vega “cha cha” Bacalla, Jorge Alabe, Zero, and Boca Rum. Over the years, Marco has mastered countless percussion instruments and musical styles, and he is well known in the World Music community for his ability to create innovative cross-cultural sounds that exchange rhythmic structures, instruments, and traditions.
To date, Marco’s best known work is “Bata Ketu” (1996), a fusion and interplay of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian religious music and instruments. Conceived and produced with San Francisco musician Michael Spiro, Bata Ketu is registered with the Smithsonian Institute as the first combination of Brazilian and Cuban folkloric music ever recorded. It has also received landmark funding from the Rockefeller Institute and Stanford University for sold out live performances.
Upon meeting in San Diego, Marco and Ellie fell in love immediately and have been making music together ever since. In the Lamson household, life truly is a Carnival! After producing countless stage performances, concerts, and Carnival-style street parades together, “If Ever I Cease to Love” became the next logical step for the couple.
With over 38 drum and percussion tracks- Mark produced a sound in which the drums become the harmonies- with the exception of friend Jason Hanna on trumpet.
Marco and Ellie are currently in the studio producing several more upbeat “party songs’ – they all will have a similar format- and all will be heavy on world percussion.
The Marco and Ellie project is perfect for any type of Music Festival- they are backed up by the SOL e MAR band and bateria. Upbeat- world- dance- party music – with a Caribbean Flavor!