ROBERT TOMMY PAU, 'Monkey and Tortol', 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 76.2 cm
"I have come to understand that this song is a Pilipino fable with a TS context. The slop tin mention in the song was the slop chest that the master boat used to indenture labour from the Pacific and East Asia. The damper was the Islander dependence on subsistence living."
Courtesy of the artist.