Wednesday, 28 December 2011

va - Let's Go Calypso! -- Top Singers And Bands From The Bahamas [195?]



"Features King Scratch and the Bay Street Boys, ca. late 1950s. "These two acts," the brief liner notes attest, "have long been favorites in the islands and many a tourist has felt the gay and carefree spell they cast with the charm of their readings and infectious Calypso rhythms. This is as much a part of the islands as the palm trees or lovely beaches." Despite a preponderance of cruiseship standards (e.g., "Marianne," "Sly Mongoose," "Jamaica Farewell," "Donkey Wants Water"), the performances are refreshingly "native" and highlighted by raucous percussion. Meaning, these recordings were not prettied up for export." [I. Chusid]

Here lives it.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

va - Drums Of Bora Bora & Songs Of Tahiti [1956]



Side A is a collection of drum rhythms from a team of percussionists from Bora Bora who won an annual Bastille Day contest in Papeete. Side B brings some songs of the Tahitians. I decided to swap the two sides, because I think there's more to the songs than to the rhythms.

Lovely cover notes I couldn't be arsed to transcribe here tell the story of the contest, and how the teams from Bora Bora always used to win because, living in this paradise island, "with plenty of food on hand - fish, fruit, coconuts, chickens, pigs and poi," they had plenty of time to play.

Here it be: TH

Friday, 23 December 2011

Les Chakachas -- Eso Es El Amor & 11 More Songs On RCA [196x]


"The Chakachas were a group of Belgian-based studio musicians, formed and led by Gaston Boogaerts, who served as the group's arranger. They first appeared during the early '60s, recording a playful mixture of Latin music, jazz, and European-style exotica."

So here we have three early 60's Eps by them. I finally took a bit of time to rip a few records. Get them here.


RCA 75.117
a1 - Eso Es El Amor
a2 - Canalla
b1 - Ma-Ma-Du
b2 - Tou Bou Dou






RCA 75.119
a1 - Guapacha
a2 - Arriba La Conga
b1 - Chouchou
b2 - Pa La Paloma






RCA 75.123
a1 - El Charlatan
a2 - Conga Del Mayorar
b1 - Serenata Negra
b2 - Conga Maye

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Gimme Some Chewing Gum! vinyl rips Vol.1

Here's a selection of 18 songs ripped from my record collection, it includes a lot of 60's R'n'b and Soul-Jazz, some Psychedelic, Reggae or Cajun Zydeco, a couple of experimental soundtracks...

1. Grundig Announcer - Apollo 70 (excerpt)
2. Mel Torme - Right Now
3. Danny Brown - Chewing Gum
4. The Emperors - Karate
5. Nino Ferrer - Les Cornichons
6. Delano Stewart - Dance With Me
7. The Tony Hatch Orchestra - Out Of This World
8. Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier - Jericho Jerk
9. Cannonball Adderley - Why (am I treated so bad)
10. Betty Harris - Ride Your Pony
11. Sun Ra - Tony's Wife
12. Humane Society - Eternal Prison
13. Clifton Chenier - Zydeco Son Pas Sale
14. J.B. Lenoir - I Feel So Good
15. Ko Ko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
16. Garnett Mimms - Look Away
17. The Fabulous Playboys - Honky Tonk Woman
18. Kenny Graham & His Satellites - Sunday

Get it here.
(new link)
Vol. 2 to come very soon!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Chega De Saudade Video -- João & Bebel Gilberto


Has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever, here performed live by João and his daughter Bebel.

(Merci Bernard)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Algérie: Mémoires du Raï [Documentary] & Some Myths And Misconceptions About Rai Music [Hawgblawg]

Documentary about Raï, from origins to late-nineties, featuring all the greatest (Cheikh Hamada, Cheikha Rimitti, Blaoui Houari, Bellemou Messaoud, Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami, Cheb Hasni...), with good history background and live footage. Also nice shots of downtown Oran. Sorry this is in french, but I guess there's enough music for anyone to enjoy it.

Here's the whole 52 min film in very low resolution.

Below is a three parts versian, in decent quality, but with 7 minutes missing at the end.


I would also like to mention this interesting article about raï called "Some Myths And Misconceptions About Rai Music" written by Ted Swedenburg, Professor of Anthropology. Read it on his Blawg.