The Staples Jr. Singers were part of a vanguard of soul gospel artists in the 1970s that broke from tradition to testify with the groove. When they wrote these songs — all of them stone cold soul — they had one question on their minds: "When Do We Get Paid?“
The Staples Jr. Singers are a family group from Aberdeen, Mississippi, who wrote their first and only album of preternaturally evocative soul gospel when they were just teenagers. This was in 1975, when America was still reeling from the tumult of the 1960s. On the national stage, there was revolution, desegregation, Civil Rights, but on a local level, things hadn’t actually changed much for Black Americans. And The Staples Jr. Singers lived through it and made music about it, however obliquely.
‘When Do We Get Paid’ is just like that—it was their anthem at a time in their career when they weren’t sure they were being recognised for their talent, and certainly not compensated, but faith kept them going.
The Staples Jr. Singers are part of Luaka Bop’s roster, whose music is now available on Tracklib.
Luaka Bop was founded in 1988 by David Byrne, lead singer/guitarist of Talking Heads. At first to release Beleza Tropical, his first compilation of Brazilian music. Later, the outlet became close to an art project rather than a traditional record label—”the concept is no concept.”