Monday, 30 December 2019

Diblo Dibala 1992.Jul.19 - Kershaw & Peel Complete

For today the complete 1992 Kershaw & Peel Sessions by Diblo Dibala with Matchatcha. With this you can "Dansez Dansez" till it's 2020, YaHuu!!

promo picture of Diblo with two Matchatcha members
[source: eBay]

I have earlier made two posts about Diblo Dibala, both incomplete and mostly repeats:
  • 1992.Jul.19 - Kershaw & Peel Session #1 [4 Kershaw repeats]
  • 1994.Nov.19 - Peel & Kershaw Session #2 [1 Peel original with 3 Kershaw repeats]
But this time it's the complete first session, meaning all the tracks, from the original first broadcast, including in- and outro's of the songs by Andy Kershaw and John Peel.

Listen to a [earleir posted] repeat of Bolingo from the session

DIBALA DIBLO - 1992.Jul.19 - Kershaw & Peel Session COMPLETE

bc.1992.Aug.08, BBC Radio 1 - Andy Kershaw 21-23hr:
setlist: intro by Andy Kershaw / 1.Mondo Ry / 2.Matchachacha Wetu / 3.Bolingo / 4.Merci Papa //

bc.1992.Aug.08, BBC Radio 1 - John Peel 23-02hr:
setlist: 5.Tcheke / 6.Medisance / 7.Laissez Passer / 8.Extra Ball / show outro by Peel from Keeping It Peel [BBC]
Line-up: Diblo Dibala - guitar, vocals / J.P.Kinzaki - rhythm guitar / Alain Dieng - bass / Serge Bimangou - percussion / Ringo Avom - drums / Emi Laskin - vocals / Mondo David - vocals / Gwen Lemonnier - backing vocals / Electra Weston - backing vocals / Laure Anne - backing vocals / Antoinette Yelessa - backing vocals, dancer

I think the in- and outro's with background info about the session, some peculiar details and just the pure enthusiasm of the DJs themselves, really add to the music itself. So I cut all the tracks with full in-outro's, as far as available.
Note this session was earlier posted at Maggot Caviar, but that was the music only [probably from a different taper] and for some sort of reason the blog is recently deleted, so not available anymore.

More about Diblo Dibala:

  • biography by Janet Planet at
  • biography [incl.disco and biblio] by Gary Stewart at rumbaontheriver
    note both included as stand alone htm-files in the doanload 


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Music from MALAWI - 1993.April - Kershaw Sessions BBC

Let's go to some not yet visited areas during this festive period, and start with Malawi.

Kasambwe Brothers late 1980s in Malawi [source: Rough Guide to WM]

As I have only two short recordings from Malawi, combined them in one post and let's this time start with the music, later background info for both very different bands will follow.

Listen to the Kasambwe Brothers

MALAWI-MUSIC-19930400_Kershaw Sessions BBC

Kasambwe Brothers - recorded 1993.April in Malawi
setlist: 1.Mtengo Waminga* [tree of thorns] / 2.Check Your Movements* / 3.Anyamata Kasambwe [MISSING] / 4.Simuyamika* [you don't think]
bc.1993.Sep.25, BBC Radio 3 - Andy Kershaw

Katawa Singers - probably also recorded 1993.April in Malawi
setlist: 1.My Lord I'm Coming* / 2.The Lord Help Us* / 3.Ndasawera Meharo [missing] / 4.Wela Welako [missing]
bc.1993.May.22, BBC Radio 3 - Andy Kershaw

Kasambwe Brothers


One of the top bands in the 1990s in Malawi were the Kasambwe Brothers from Thyolo district in southern Malawi. Isaac and Frank Chikwata, being in their early teens, started the band in 1987 by playing homemade instruments, lead and bass guitar respectively. They were joined in 1989 by their (then) 9-year old cousin, Kennedy Nagopa backing them on vocals, drums and percussion. Their folk-based material is startingly original and they have strong lyrics, too, about matters like family life, separation and survival, marriage and duty in a matrilineal society - and of course love and alcohol.
Translated lyrics of their song "Ndilibe Ambuye" ["I have no uncle"]:
I went to old Rodgers' place, with matrimonial matters on my mind.
Rodgers asked: Hey kid, what is it you want here?
I replied: The hand of one of your daughters, sir.
Rodgers sneered: Away with you! And next time bring your uncle!
Now, my uncle is far away, and I'm al the poorer for it.
For I can't get my marriage arranged, for what shall I, a lad with no uncle, do?
source: Rough Guide to World Music [1994/1999 edition; note in 2006 edition the Kasambwe Brothers strangely disappeared]

Discography [sort of...]
info from and the RG to World Music [1994/1999]

199x?: Ndilibe Ambuye [K7/CD, Pamtondo #PAM.005]
note: CD includes also songs by another band
At one time the most pirated K7 in Malawi. 14 wonderful tracks from the Brothers at the peak of their youthful powers. Pure magic from the the three boys who make up the band, the oldest is 18, the youngest just 12 years old. Gorgeously rootsy guitars, one of which is home made, as are the drums, all vibrantly played with loads of feeling. Sweet vocals add the finishing touch to this really danceable album. 
199x?: VA - Acoustic-Electric Dance Hits Vol.I/II/III [3xK7, Pamtondo #PAM.001/002/003]
incl.track[s] by Kasambwe Brothers

More Information
  • 1993.April: Malawi Travelogue by Andy Kershaw - youtube
  • 2000.August: Rhythms of the Continent - MALAWI - bbc worldservice
  • 2019.Feb.01: Kasambwe’s unsung heroes -
  • 2019.Jun.28: Sweating for nothing - [be careful with original site!]

Katawa Singers


The Katawa Singers, from Mzuzu in Malawi, started as a church project fundraising music group in the late 1980s. In 1991 they recorded 4 songs for MBC Radio, which became so popular that they decided to record a real album. That debut album "Ambuye Ndibwera" was a big succes and it sold a total of 20,000 tapes.
They were the first group to play electric musical instruments in church, therewith re-defining gospel music and initiating the departure from a conservative way of worship.
In 1996 they recorded their best and most successful album Tiyimbire Yesu, to date there's still demand for it. The Katawa Singers are not only popular in Malawi, and started touring in neighbouring countries, like Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya.
In 2008 they opened their own Hena Katawa Music Studios with connected office and with the release of their first DVD entered the digital world. In 2014 they were awarded the Legend’s Award during Radio MBC’s 50 years’ celebration of broadcasting. In 2015 they released their 10th album Yankho ndi Yesu, with three founding members, Auden Nthala, Thomas Lupeska and Kenan Munthali, still singing in the choir.
based on mwnation and articles see under

based on mwnation and articles see under
1992: Ambuye Ndibwera [debut K7]
1993: Chikondi Ndichanu [2nd album]
1994: title unknown [3rd album]
1995: Ku Eden album [4th or 5th album]
1996: Tiyimbire Yesu [6th album] - THEIR BEST!
2013: Yesu ndi Tanthwe Lolimba [9th album!]
2015: Yankho ndi Yesu [10th album]

Articles used [all included in download]:
  • 2013.May.31: Katawa Singers launch 9th album - [google cache]
  • 2014.Dec.26: Gospel legends from Mzuzu - [google cache]
  • 2015.Jun.17: Gospel music in Malawi - musicinafrica
  • 2015.Sep.25: 25 Years of Katawa Singers - [be careful with original site!]
Multi Media:
  • playlist with 10 songs - youtube [all uploaded by Rodney Bakasi from Malawi]
  • related: video report about Samora Machel - youtube [see post about Shalawambe]
Katawa Singers - date unknown [source:]


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Fanfare Ciocarlia - 2018.Jul.27 Heimatsound Festival DE

Wanted to post this one last weekend, but I got ill. I'm still not fully recovered now, but could put myself to it to let you enjoy this speedy music just before Christmas: Fanfare Ciocarlia blowing it live!

Fanfare Ciocarlia at 2018 Heimatsound Festival - source of pictures

Have posted music from them before: two 2007 live recordings [ and disco] and
at the 2006 BBC Awards for World Music

Listen to a live track

FANFARE CIOCARLIA - 2018.Jul.27 at Heimatsound Festival DE

setlist: 1.Bunica Bate Toba / 2.Suite a la Ciobanas / 3.Lume Lume / 4.Swing Sagarese / 5.Trenul Masina Mica / 6.Mister Lobaloba (Shaggy "cover") / 7.Ya Rayah / 8.Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf "cover") / 9.Iag Bari
[inbetween tracks interview with German manager]

Line-up: Costica "Cimai" Trifan - trumpet, vocals / Radulescu Lazar - trumpet, vocals / Paul Marian Bulgaru - trumpet / Trifan Craciun - trumpet / Oprica Ivancea - clarinet, alto saxophone / Daniel Ivancea - alto saxophone, vocals / Constantin "Pinca" Cantea - tuba / Monel "Gutzel" Trifan - tuba / Constantin "Sulo" Calin - tenor horn / Laurentiu Mihai Ivancea - baritone horn / Costel "Gisniaca" Ursu - large drum / Paul Benedikt Stehlescu - percussion
bc.2018.Dec.29, Radio Bayern 2 - Radio Revue

  • radio Bayern2: "It was one of the highlights of the Heimatsound Festival 2018: the twelve-member Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia. They are unbeatable live. This brass band has been rocking stages around the world for about two decades." 
  • Photos from the Festival at [some used in this posts's picture]
  • TV broadcast of the very concert in the night of 2019.Jan.11 on German ARD - available till 2020.Jan.10 at [audio from video as bonus in the download, incl.full setlist]

More Multi Media [mmm from www]

  • 2006 BBC Awards for World Music - youtube
  • 2014 NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - youtube
  • 2018 interview at the very Heimatsound Festival - youtbe

PS1: noticed in the video that the fanfare is using a similar base drum with a cymbal on top as the recently posted Kamalamas band from Surinam [their "skratji-drong"], which consisted mainly of brass players also!

PS2: interested in your thoughts about Fanfare Ciocarlia performing live with Brass Band(s) from Africa, could they together make it rhythmically work?


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Big Fayia 1989.Nov.02 in Sierra Leone recorded Peel Session BBC

This post I had prepared some time ago, to post it today at 2019.Dec.07. Now you may think why? Well because the session was broadcasted exactly 30 years ago, and the recording of that broadcast includes the BBC news of that day [about that more at the end of this post]. Now first the music!

Big Fayia - the only good picture I found from the man
source: sierraleonejournal
Big Fayia (real name: Mustapha Sahr) was a musician from Sierra Leone, he died in 1999. I can summarize some of the writings I found about him, but I think you'd better read them yourself:
  • 1987.Apr.27 article by Gary Stewart at sierraleonejournal
  • 1992 book "Breakout: Profiles in African Rhythm" by Gary Stewart [again] includes a full chapter about Big Fayia - google pg.53-61
  • 2000 tribute by Gary Stewart at sierraleonejournal [again]
  • Various writings with some info about Big Fayia:
    1999: "African Music on 45 rpm records in the UK, 1954-1981" - at
    2017: "Live music in Sierra Leone" - at
Note: all webpages are included in stand-alone html-format in the download.

Listen to a 1972 single track as played by John Peel in 1983

BIG FAYIA 19891102 - BBC local recorded Peel Session

bc.1989.Dec.07 John Peel Show BBC Radio 1
setlist: 1.Gba Nya Ma - Nga Mone Biwe / 2.Kamo Ahmadu - Nginamudele / 3.How Are You - Lawoseh - Look Waiu Wowo - Co Co Ros / 4.Tiawama A Kpandei - U Deh Make Make Panme / 5.Muana Limia - Yawolo Yiama - Sandi Manya - Heile Nay Hun

recorded 1989.Nov.02  in Sierra Leonne by The British Council, Freetown, Sierra Leone [when John Peel and his wife were visiting Sierra Leone]
line-up: Mustafa Joe [is Big Fayia] - lead vocals (1, 2, 5) / Sidikie J.C. Kortogbou - lead vocals (3) / Tamba Musa - shengbi drum (3) / Sahr Karimu - kongoma, lead vocals (4) / Daniel Lavalie - mendi shengbai or big drum (5)

included bonuses:
*repeat on 2018.Dec.04 of 4 tracks of above session on BBC 6music Live Hour
*original audio of Peel playing in 1983 a track from Big Fayia [see soundcloud above download]
*Big Fayia & Sierra Leone Military Band - OAU One [from 1980 LP] - from soundcloud
*the BBC news item from 1989.Dec.07 about the situation in Czechoslovakia [more about that later]

Big Fayia probably released many locals K7s, but ( surely some (local) singles between 1973 and 1977 with various bands (e.g.The Invisible Five, The Afronational Band, The African Hunters and Afri Hunters) on the Born Trouble and Afrodisc labels. And his one and only LP with The Sierra Leone Military Dance Band called "O.A.U. 1980" ‎(LP, 1980, Organization Of African Unity #OAU.1), from which one track is included in the download.

1989 News
Now, as promised, on to the BBC news item from 1989.Dec.07. This is about the the political situation of that time, at the end of communist rule and just before the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia.
Next to Nelson Mandela I consider Vaclav Havel as one of my heros, and this news item hit me so deep that I had to include into this download. For those with similar feelings or just interested in how things were then, I highly recommend to watch a video of the first permitted demonstration in 1988 communist Czechoslovakia just 1 year before the news. It happened somewhere in the outskirts of Prague, as the communists tried to make it as low profile as possible. Somewhere in the video one can see that the demonstrators are happy for the one and only banner a few brave people dared to put high up in the air. The whole video is in Czech [which I also don't understand as most of you], but when I watch Vaclav Havel being introduced, climbing up to speak and then hearing the roar of the crowd, shivers down my spine [same as when Nelson Mandela could leave prison and the introduction of Les Amazones de Guinee at their 1983 Paris concert]!!
Watch and enjoy that moment in the video here!

Now this all happened only 30 years ago! What will be in 30 years from now?
But also:


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

PS: I have the Plastic People of the Universe's "Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned" [1978, LP], the band which was prisoned in Czechoslovakia in 1977, because they played music the communists didn't like. Havel with friends started Charta 77 because of that. The music is weird and interesting alternative rock music, a little out of the scope of this blog. But if people are interested, let it be known through the comments and I'll upload it [including some scans of its very good booklet].

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Souad Massi - 2003-19 BBC Sessions

Today I have for your earful enjoyment two BBC sessions by Souad Massi, the first from 2003 for Andy Kershaw's show, the second from only a month ago for BBC Radio 3. Actually I discovered that last one, when searching info to prepare a post about her 2003 session.

Souad Massi - picture from BBC Artists
Short Introduction
Souad Massi, born 1972 August 23, is an Algerian Berber singer, songwriter and guitarist. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock band Atakor, before leaving the country following a series of death threats. In 1999, Massi performed at the Femmes d'Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.
Massi's music, which prominently features the acoustic guitar, displays Western musical style influences such as rock, country or the Portuguese fado but sometimes incorporates oriental musical influences and oriental instruments like the oud as well as African musical stylings. Massi sings in Classical Arabic, Algerian Arabic, French, occasionally in English, and in the Kabyle Berber language, often employing more than one language in the same song.
sources: wikipedia and for much more head over to worldmusiccentral

Listen to a track from her 2003 session

SOUAD MASSI - 2003-19 BBC Sessions 
test: direct link
[direct link after some time not working, so deleted]

Souad Massi - 2003.Apr.11 BBC Kershaw Session
setlist: intro / 1.Bladi - my country / interview / 2.Amessa - a day will come // 3.Deb - heart broken / interview / 4.Moudja - the wave / outro
bc.2003.Apr.11 -22:15, BBC Radio 3 - Andy Kershaw
BBC guide: tonight's show features a session from Algerian singer Souad Massi, who performs acoustic versions of songs from her new album Deb.

Souad Massi - 2019.Nov.08 BBC Radio3 Session
setlist: 1.Oumniya [mon souhait - my wish] / interview / 2.Salam [quiétude -  tranquility] / interview / 3.Wakfa [debout - stand-up]
bc.2019.Nov.08, BBC Radio3 - In Tune
Line-up: Souad Massi - vocals, guitar / Mehdi Dalil - mandoline

Archived information from about Souad Massi [all included in the download]:

Souad Massi was featured before on Mangue Music, but so far never had "her own" post:

Souad Massi - MultiMedia etc.


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Bako Dagnon - 2008.Nov.01 at Womex [R6]

Bako Dagnon - live at Womex 2008 [source: Radio 6]
Bako Dagnon (also written as Backo or Baco Dagnon), born 1948 in N'Golobladji [near Kita in Mali], started singing as a child, accompanying her mother at ceremonies such as baptisms and marriages. Being a griot, she was teached in genealogy and the history of Mali, in order to sing about Mali's great past, going back to the Mali empire of the thirteenth century. After having participated at local shows in Kita, she was selected for the Biennale of Bamako in 1972 to represent her region.
At the Biennale, she was very successful with he song "Yiri Kolo". In 1974, she was recruted to join the Ensemble Instrumental National du Mali, where she stayed for 10 years. Along with great female singers such as Mokontafe Sacko, Sarafing Kouyaté, Wandé Kouyaté and Nantenedié Kamissoko, she helped developing and promoting traditional Malian music with the Ensemble Instrumental. Moreover, the dean of Mali music, the late Bazoumana Sissoko, invited her several times to sing at his house.
After a serious road accident in the 1980s Bako decided to leave the Ensemble Instrumental, which at the time was suffering from a lack of funding. In 1990, she was offered a record deal by an Indian music producer from Liberia and registered her first cassette record [Super Sound #SS.81]. After the recording of a second cassette [title unknown], the production company disappeared in the midst of the Liberian Civil War.
In the 1990s, Bako Dagnon continued giving public and private concerts, however she didn't do recordings until the beginning of the 2000s when she managed to gain some popularity outside of Mali. She participated on the albums Mandekalou (2004), Mandekalou II (2006) and Electro Bamako (2006). In 2007, under the production of Ibrahima Sylla, her first international solo album, Titati, was recorded and released on Syllart Records. At the end of 2008 she did a showcase at Womex in Sevilla. On 2009 January 14 Bako Dagnon was made a knight of the National Order of Mali. Later in that year she recorded with the same team as two years earlier, her next, 7th, album titled Sidiba.
Some years later Bako became seriously ill, she died 2015 July 07 in the Hospital of Point-G in Bamako. Her funeral was organised the following day in the neighbourhood where she had been living, it took place in the presence of numerous public figures and political leaders.
sources used: musiques-afrique and wikipedia

Listen to a track of Bako's showcase at Womex

DAGNON-BAKO-20081101_Womex - R6

setlist: 5 tracks [titles not given]
broadcasted 2008.November live at Dutch Radio 6
line up: Arnold Moueza - percussions / Bako Dagnon - vocals / Hadja Kouyaté - backing vocals / Lassana Aliou Diabaté - guitar / Mama Sissoko - guitar / Pascal Mikaelian - harmonica

Bonus in download:

More from and about Bako Dagnon

  • 2007-09: album tracks at soundcloud - Toubaka [from Titati] and Fadeen To [from Sidiba]
  • 2009-12: The Voice of Tradition - Bako Dagnon and her Family - at growingintomusic and vimeo
    this is an extract of the film 'Da Kali - the pledge to the art of the griots' by Lucy Duran
    note: Trio Da Kali was brought together during the above filming by Lucy Duran
  • 2010.July: article in Le Monde - in French
  • 2010.Aug.12: article in Liberation - in French
  • 2010.Sep.22: live performance at Ina Music Live - watch Sidiba / Titati
  • 2013 [?]: Sumu Kura Bako Dagnon - starting with performances by others - followed by a talk with Bako - final with Bako performing
  • 2015.Dec.22: Remembering Bako Dagnon [and Venâncio Mbande] by Banning Eyre - afropop [note: page layout is chaotic, corrected version is included in download]


ca.1990: Bako Dagnon [local K7, Super Sound Inc #SS.81, Liberia] - posted at freedomspear *
other local K7s: Nnah vol.1 / Kedo / and 2 more, titles unknown
2004: VA - Mandekalou - The Art And Soul Of The Mande Griots - vocals on 2 tracks
2006: VA - Mandekalou II - he Art And Soul Of The Mande Griots II - vocals on 2 tracks
2006: Marc Minelli - Electro Bamako [CD, All Other ‎#AOM.007] - vocals on Donso Ke
2007: Titati [CD, Syllart /Discograph 613301-2] - press release [in French]
2009: Sidiba [CD, Syllart /Discograph] - press release [in French] [seems liner notes of CD] / liner notes by Lucy Duran [in French]
2011: Live [digital release only] - listenable at bandcamp

* have missed that K7 posted at freedomspear and now the download is not available anymore, can a kind soul reading this post and having the audio of this K7 contact me by mail or through this post's comments [thanks in advance!]


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Sunday, 10 November 2019

KAMALAMAS - Surinam Tropical Sound [1969]

This album I found a few weeks ago on a book fair, where in a corner they had some vinyl for real bargain prices. Mainly floppy pop, a lot of classical and some "other music", of course I was only interested in the latter and found this:

scan of the album I found at the fair

Now I have to say, that I know [knew!] nothing of Surinam music, am hardly interested in music from South-America, but couldn't resist this one. Played it at home, like it a lot and delved into the behinds of this album, without any date on it anywhere. Also the label was strange to me as I know BASF only from empty tapes and K7s, they produced in the past, and chemicals they've done always. Anyway I found a lot of interesting info and let's start with a bio of the band leader.

Biography of Charles 'Eddy' Muringen

Charles 'Eddy' Muringen (1934.Jan.28 - 2009.Feb.18) grew up in Paramaribo, Surinam [former Dutch colony in South-America], as the youngest of a family of 7 children. At a very young age, when he was a boy scout, he opted for the musical genes.The trumpet became his first instrument, later he also learned to play the piano, guitar and vibraphone.
On 1956 March 01 Eddy entered the army, in which he would become one of the bandleaders ["Kapellmeister"] from 1975 till 1985, that make him one of the most important people in the music history of Suriname.
Some months later he married his girlfriend Thelma Henriette Burleson, their marriage is blessed with 7 children.
In 1969, he traveled as a trumpet player and one of the composers and arrangers to the [Militairy] Tattoo in Delft, the Netherlands. This musical spectacle causes many surprises with the audience because of the mixing of marching music with the Kaseko [musical genre from Suriname, a fusion of pop and folk styles from Europe, Africa and the Americas].
After this thunderous performance in Delft, Eddy immediately decided to use the opportunity to record an album, which will become legendary. In a studio in Heemstede, together with some members of the TRIS Chapel with which he is currently in the Netherlands, the LP 'Eddy Muringen and the Kamalamas" is recorded.
One of his most famous compositions on the album is 'We gwe ma we kon baka', which can still be heard on the radio, during concerts and at other occasions, almost 5 decades later. Another composition is 'Sinangoo', it is impossible to sit still when you hear its first tones.
Many believe that the songs on this LP can be considered belonging to the kaseko jazz genre and that it is the basis for this type of music. Musicians themselves are of the opinion that Eddy Muringen was the founder of the Kamalama style [instrumental kaseko] as we still know it today.
Later he was a member of many legendary groups like La Sonora Paramarera, Orchestra Tropical, Swing Masters, Cojunto Latinos, Popular Orchestra, Muringen Combo and Rodrigues Combo. He also gave music lessons to school teachers, many people still remember having received the solfège lessons from him.
In his 70s he is diagnosed with cancer, on 2009.Feb.18, just 2 weeks after his 75th birthday, he dies. At his funeral his children sing the stars from the sky. Suriname lost a great musician there, but his legacy is invaluable.
source: based on "The musical heritage of Charles 'Eddy' Muringen", in Dutch [translation]

Listen to Emelina Gerardina from the album

KAMALAMAS - Surinam Tropical Sound - led by Eddy Muringen [1969]

Kamalamas led by Eddy Muringen - Surinam Tropical Sound (Skratji Pokoe)
1969, LP, BASF #12-25478-6 [Holland/Surinam]

side A: a1.Sinango / a2.Emelina Gerardina / a3.Mina Mina / a4.Mi Brada / a5.Badji Kamalama / a6.Bosi Né Lowé //
side B: b1.Tintong / b2.Salm Kang / b3.Mé Gwé / b4.Sang Joe Dé Watji Mi / b5.Soekroe Finga / b6.Bari Na Doti

all songs traditionals arranged by Eddy Muringen and Alberto Gemerts
line-up: Eddy Muringen - piano / August Macintosch - trumpet / Carlo Jones - alt sax / Leo Knoppel - tenor sax / Albert Collins - drums / Johan Cederboom - skratji drong (percussion) / Ronald Esseboom - bass

Liner Notes [translation]:

Skratji Pokoe is one of the Surinam old rhythms. On this album Eddy Muringen and his Kamalama's give in a dignified way rebirth to this piece of Surinam culture, which is for the first time recorded for release on vinyl.
The hart of this music is the 'skratjidrong', which must be played in a special way, to reveal its characteristic rhythm. We have to be grateful to Eddy and his band, that with this LP, they have recorded for eternity this piece of traditional music from Surinam.
BASF wishes you many pleasant hours of dancing on the music of this album.
original liner notes in Dutch and Sranan Tongo [Surinam creole language] on backside of sleeve

About Kaseko - the music of Surinam

The slaves in Surinam brought with them their own music from West-Africa [Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegambia]. After some time the various styles melted together with leading roles by the holy drums [Apinti] and the vocals. This music, called Winti, was in 6/8 time signature and finally got banned because of its ritual-religious character.
After the abolishment of slavery in the 19th century most former slaves awaited unemployment and they moved from the plantations to the towns at the coast. There they encountered various string instruments, which they integrated into their own musical style, developed in common 4/4 time signature, called Kawina. 
skratji-drong [source]

In the 1930s the army, police and scouts started their own musical groups, chapels and marching bands, and recruited local musicians, who got introduced to wind instruments and learned to play marches. To earn some extra money, they also performed in their free time and started integrating the new instruments into their own music. This way did arise the typical Surinam music called Bigi Poka with improvisations on wind instruments.
A typical Bigi Poka orchestra consisted of tuba, banjo, snare drums, saxes, trumpets and the skratji-drong, a hand played base-drum with a cymbal on top. One by one newer instruments, like electric guitar and bass and drum kit were introduced and replaced some of  the older ones. Also the style developed from improvisation into songs with lead vocals. At this point, in the 1960s, the music from these bands is called Kaseko.
source: article in 1980s music magazine [paper copy, I happened to start rereading this week]

The posted album is the only recorded instrumental Kaseko and considered a real classic in Surinam.

skratji-drong played live in the 1980s [source: 1980s music magazine]


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)