Sam Lindo, the busking blues man
|Sam Lindo : Busking outside the
||Blues man - Sam Lindo
- has been busking around Nottingham city centre for the past two
Interview by Joe Sinclair
| Notts people:
cleaner , Hendrix Dead Boy
trader, Tony Gordon
landlord, Pete Beletzan
man, Sam Lindo
Sam moved to Nottingham in 1967 from Jamaica
Sam has been busking in Nottingham city centre for the past
His single - Love Reality- is in Fopp and HMV and he's working
on an album
He is looking for a bass player to join him
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I was born in the West Indies, Jamaica, but
my parents came here from the early 50s. I was left with my grandparents.
In 1967 I came here to join my parents and family in Nottingham.
We lived in the Sherwood area.
I got married and went to London for a while and lived there,
then I came back here and Ive lived here for about five or six
years now. I started doing music again, you know.
Ive been doing the blues down here almost
two years now. This is one of my favourite spots. People seem to like
what Im doing and look forward to hearing me come in or whatever.
If I can play music, make somebody feel good, put a smile
on somebodys face, I feel worth my while [laughs].
|Sam Lindo, busker
Any strange requests? Oh yeah definitely,
all the time. All sorts really. Let me see
Postman Pat. But
normally just anything from Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Oasis and
We get people dancing, people drunk. Its quite cool actually.
I got my first guitar from my Dad
when I was 14. Over the years Ive been playing the guitar and
also the keyboard. Thats my main interest really. Its
music, you know.
In the early days I tried to run a
few bands but I found it very stressful [laughs] so I sort of went
Im trying to get some backing musicians. I met a very
good drummer last week, sounds very good. So Im now looking
for a bass player. I feel we could go places, you know.
|Sam Lindo, "between 40 and 60",
Top Valley, Nottingham
Im working on an album. I took a single
off it which Ive just brought out. If I may take the opportunity
to say, its available at the moment in HMV [laughs] and Fopp,
up the road from here. Love's Realities its called, but its
under my name, Sam Lindo.
Nottingham certainly has changed. For instance years ago was
all traffic all along here. Now people can walk about, do their shopping,
and can sit and relax, you know... enjoy what Im doing.
The thing that concerns me, when I first came here I found
people were very respectful. Especially young people respected the
elders, you know, very courteous, very pleasant, but that seems to
have gone down the drain now, you know.
I used to like the spirit of the English people. I think they
have a lot to offer to the world in mannerism, in courteousness, things
like that, that I did really appreciate when I first came here. I
learned a lot from that. And I think its a great language, English
The respect seems to have gone. Although I mustnt complain.
I hope to see it get back to that level of respect and honour and
good behaviour, good attitude.
Its a shame that this city has come to be known as one
that is violent. I do hope that that will be rectified soon. People
just need to respect one another.
Were all here to live and let live. When I do play my
music I do hope that its contributing something.
I try to play the music that makes people feel good. Because
I think music is a wonderful creation, you know, of God. I think its
just as important as food or clothing. Its a spiritual thing
which was made for the hearing. Were made with five senses.
Your eyes are made to see and I think your ears are made for music.
You all come on down and hear what I can do [laughs]. Im
here most of the time during the day. Normally Friday night and Saturday
night Im up by Long Road entertaining the people.