World Festival

World Festival of Youth (East Germany) / 1951

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Design: Note the white eyes and lips of the black youth, which makes him look like a refugee from an 1890s minstrel show.

History: Label scan above courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that this was an East German government-sponsored event, the label design being typical of Communist propaganda.

Thanks for updated information to collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "20 records were issued on the occasion of the '3rd World Festival Of Youth And Students For Peace' in East Berlin (GDR) in August 1951. Records #11 to #20 were packaged in an album titled Musik aus aller Welt (Music From Around the World), each side representing artists from individual countries.

"Germany was represented twice: on 14a with Ami Go Home by Ernst Busch (below), and also on 5b Folkdance from the Ferrylands (it is unknown why the title appears in English, whether or not it relates to Ferryland, a town in Newfoundland, or whether it might be a mis-spelling of 'Fairyland'). Most of all the records simply showed the song or music title and the country from which the artists originated, e.g. 14b: title Rosgmando Gato from 'Argentine.'

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