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Mr Moo's African Guitar Stash



Mr Moo African Guitar Stash
Mr Moo's African Guitar Stash
(MP3 Podcast on ParisDJs.com) T.I.M.E.C., 2008-05-18

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Tracklisting :
01. Ojah with Hugh Masekela - Afro Beat Blues
(unreleased track from 1974, available on 'Hugh Masekela presents The Chisa Years 1965-1975' compilation, 2006 / BBE) SOUTH AFRICA
02. Moussa Dumbia - Samba
(from 'Keleya' compilation, 2007 / Oriki Music) MALI
03. Remi Kabaka / Abdul Lasisi Amao / Steve Winwood (The Third World) - Black Beauty
(from 'Aiye-Keta' album, 1973 / Island) UK
04. Osibisa - African Jive
(from 'Osibirock' album, 1974 / Warner Bros.) UK
05. Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh - Witch Doctor
(unreleased track from 1976, available on on 'Hugh Masekela presents The Chisa Years 1965-1975' compilation, 2006 / BBE) SOUTH AFRICA
06. Clive Bradley - Party On The Block
(from 'Party On The Block 7 inch, 197? / Kalaloo) TRINIDAD
(available on 'Canadian Racer' compilation, 200? / Follow Me)
07. The Hykkers - I Want A Break Thru
(from 'Nigeria Special - Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues 1970-6' compilation, 2008 / Soundway) NIGERIA
[originally released on a HMV Nigeria 7 inch in 1972, as the b-side to 'Deiyo Dayo (Akpulunwibi)']
08. Barney Wilen - El Hadji
(from 'Moshi' album, 1971 / Saravah) FRANCE

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01. Ojah with Hugh Masekela - Afro Beat Blues
(unreleased track from 1974, available on 'Hugh Masekela presents The Chisa Years 1965-1975' compilation, 2006 / BBE) SOUTH AFRICA

Hugh Masekela very might be the first musician to cross his native South African music with American rhythm & blues & jazz. Born in Witbank in 1939, he left the township of Johannesburg in 1961 following the Sharpeville massacre for London then the US to pursue musical studies, his jazz quest in the New York nights and freedom, eventually.
His own musical path is too long and wide to be depicted here and quite astonishing. Not to mentions his countless contributions, ok just a freaking few: The Byrds, Bob Marley, Yehudi Menuhin, Miriam Makeba, Peter Fonda, Francisco Aguabella, Dollar Brand...

He and Stewart Levine (Tenor sax) created the Chisa label In 1965 after a mutual long history of sharing: flats, party, love for Mbhaqanga's 45's imported by Hugh's exiled friends from home, midnight ramblings in the Village and classes at the Manhattan School of Music.
They produced and licensed many a classic from Letta M'Bulu, The "When We Where Kings" soundtrack, and a dozen of The Crusaders albums who were the house band when Masekela moved to L.A.

This track was recorded in Lagos, with Ojah who was Masekela's band at the time composed by musicians from Ghana and Nigeria he met while staying and playing (and recording??!) with his friend Fela. It's obviously a tribute to the aforementioned king of Afro Beat with a good dose of Ghanaian funk.

» more info on dougpayne.com or on bbemusic.com «


02. Moussa Dumbia - Samba
(from 'Keleya' compilation, 2007 / Oriki Music) MALI

This singer, saxophonist and bandleader originally from Mali, committed most of his deeds in the Abidjan's mid-seventies club scene. Singing in english, french (sometimes hilariously, right out of Jean Rouch's "Cocorico, Monsieur Poulet" movie) and Dioula his native tongue. While he was briefly & locally successfull, his arrival coincided with the creation of the 1st Ivory Coast's record company: SID and he was an amazing performer.

The "french speaking" african countries weren't too keen on Fela's sound. They already had a love affair going on with the rhumba and the whole cuban thing and Moussa Dumbia's raw funk was too dissonnant for local ears unfortunately drenched in Sylvie Vartan's or Mireille Matthieu's latest hit. Aaah...France...
In truth one could say that Afro beat in Africa was only popular with countries sharing a frontier with Nigeria.

» more info on myspace.com/orikimusic or on groovecollector.com «



03. Remi Kabaka / Abdul Lasisi Amao / Steve Winwood (The Third World) - Black Beauty
(from 'Aiye-Keta' album, 1973 / Island) UK

Not to be confused with their homonym reggae band even if those sessions allegedly took place in Jamaica, on the heels of the Traffic's "Shoot Out The Fantasy Factory" recordings, The Third World is:
- Remi Kabaka (voc/piano,guitar/perc)
- Abdul Lasisi Amao (saxes/flute/perc/voc)
- Steve Winwood (guitar,keys/perc/voc)

If there ever was an intricate (and rather confusing) progression in a band line-up & history, look no further pup! It's Traffic's! I won't go into the whole thing right now: some who dwells much more cheerfully in the fields of abstract geometry than i have done it before. Let's concentrate (I'll make it hard!) on the events that precedes Aiye-Keta: Steve Winwood I hope I don't have to introduce*, disbanded Traffic in 1969 and formed the short-lived Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker & Ric Grech. After their dismise due to the excess of hype the neurotic press and obsessed fans submerged them in, they became, as Clapton left, Ginger Baker's Airforce adding a full horn section including Chris Wood and several drummers. One of them is Remi Kabaka and now is where the confusion starts.

There's seems to be 2 nigerian percusionists of the same name who left their homeland to follow musical trails in the U.K. & the U.S. The first apparentlly changed his name to Reebop Kwaku Baa while becoming a full time Traffic member, later joining force with Can, he died in 1983.
The other one dubbed Anthony too, still alive, claims to have also played with Ginger Baker & Steve Winwood! It sure helps obscuring things. Please don't ask me which one used to play with Fela, whose son it is that lends is voice to Gorillaz or why both resided in Sweden if it's true and what is reality after all? Only perception... meanwhile we can always keep the alternate-Remi Kabaka-from-a-parallel-universe theory at close range... breathe slowly...
O.K. we'll pretend the second one doesn't exist (sorry, dude but it's such a mess already!).

So... Reebop & Stevie met Abdul Lasisi Amao on the Airforce tour, a founding member of Osibisa (a band Remi Kabaka played with later on). Regrouping through contributions to Reebop solo LP when Amao quit Osibisa, they formed this trio called Third World or Aiye-Keta and sometimes The Third World, (just to clear things up a bit...). It may be produced & engineered by Winwood, but it's a Reebop-led project as he sings & writes all the material. A fiery larger-than-life character hired as a percussionist he used to insist to sing every song Traffic performed on tour, they kindly & wisely gave him a microphone... a closed one.

*Steve Winwood collaborations: Spencer Davis Group, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Shawn Phillips, Bonzo Dog Band, McDonald & Giles, John Martyn, I Jahman, Jimmy Page, Howlin' Wolf, Toots & The Maytals, Klaus Shulze, James Brown, Jerry Garcia, Santana, Fania Allstars, Lou Reed, Muddy Waters, Eddie Harris, Georges Harrison, Tito Puente, Gong...

» more info on stevewinwood.com or on home.att.net/~rarebird9 «



04. Osibisa - African Jive
(from 'Osibirock' album, 1974 / Warner Bros.) UK

Do i really have to dig deep into an another complicated and ever changing band history and condensed it for you & me or the sake of it?

No!

» more info on bigdada.com, djouls.com, or on allmusic.com «



05. Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh - Witch Doctor
(unreleased track from 1976, available on on 'Hugh Masekela presents The Chisa Years 1965-1975' compilation, 2006 / BBE) SOUTH AFRICA

Miatta Fahinbulleh, a voice that'll grab your guts, was born in Sierra Leone and lived in several Gold Coast countries. While in Lagos she recorded this tune at the same sessions that sprung "Afro Beat Blues", those tunes were later mixed in L.A. I find this track to be very akin to "Asante Sana" by Okyerema Asante featuring Plunky played here on Mr Moo's Funky Freak Out In 70's Jazz mix last month. For a while i thought the connection was growing closer beetween the two mixes, the drummer's name in Ojah (see up above) being Asante, but a different one.
I'm getting tired ot those homonymal dead end trails.

» more info on dougpayne.com or on bbemusic.com «



06. Clive Bradley - Party On The Block
(from 'Party On The Block 7 inch, 197? / Kalaloo) TRINIDAD
(available on 'Canadian Racer' compilation, 200? / Follow Me)

From confusion to nothingness.

-"Pfrrruuttt......"
-"Man, why do french people fart with their mouths when they don't know?"

» more info on followme.fr/ or on panonthenet.com/bradley «



07. The Hykkers - I Want A Break Thru
(from 'Nigeria Special - Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues 1970-6' compilation, 2008 / Soundway) NIGERIA
[originally released on a HMV Nigeria 7 inch in 1972, as the b-side to 'Deiyo Dayo (Akpulunwibi)']

Even Soundway records, who gave away all the information they had: none, wrote a 5 lines text on them out of nothing, saying nothing. And thats what i want! Thats what i need! It's what i'm doin'!

» more info on djouls.com «



08. Barney Wilen - El Hadji
(from 'Moshi' album, 1971 / Saravah) FRANCE

A french bop tenor who took a 2 years journey through Africa driving a 3 yellow Land-Rover convoy filled up with musician friends, instruments, various recording equipments, trunks of clothes, medicines, canned food, chinese chopsticks, a couple of mongooses for the snakes and other various forms of travelling paraphernelia.
El Hadji Moussa, brother of the then Touareg's chief, was a colourful friend they encounter in Abalessa, Algeria.
Back in Paris they released "Moshi" an album that includes field recordings of the trip and Capt. Submarine Christian Trisch from Gong on bass but not on board with one hell of a story much better told by the man himself in the CD reissue tiny notes.

I shall not comment this 19 sec.dialogue edit any further.

» more info on loustal.nl or on blognow.com.au/DoubleOSoul «


Enough trainspotting for today kids, my head is spinning & i' m feeling dizzy between coughs but that's another matter. Be kind. Peace.
Mr Moo


Credits :
Selected, mixed and annoted by Mr Moo (T.I.M.E.C.)
Cover artwork by Djouls, photo from Mr Moo's private collection
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samboerou samboerou ·  17 June 2008, 04:25

The Asante that plays in Ojah is indeed the same one that plays there together with Plunky Branch,on the cover of the Black Fire he is portrayed with his horned headdress and I remember well seeing him live,with his trademark headgear,opening Hugh Masekela's Sekunjalo Concerts(Comeback Tour after years in exile) in a percussion blow out that also featured Francis Fuster,Sierra Leonean percussionist also a long time member of Ojah.


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