I hope you are not thinking that I have stopped posting. This is not the case. We are experiencing an outbreak of the flu, and family matters have taken priority at this moment.
I assume we are not the only victims of this nasty virus. So here is some music that will certainly cheer you up, and that even may transform a burning fever into a feeling of rosy intoxication.
Should you -once you have vanquished the infectious enemy- wish to be informed about the background to these wonderful recordings, I advise you to visit the blog of the Voice Of America.
The music is brought to you by the Orchestre de Danse from Gueckédou, better known as the Kébendo Jazz. According to the label the recordings for this (Tempo LP-7013) and the second (Tempo LP-7014, subject of a future post) record were made in 1961 and released in 1964. By then the orchestra had triumphed in the 1963 edition of the Festival National des Arts et de la Culture, - the first festival to have a competition for orchestras.
I especially like the dreamy boleros ("Sewara", "Bessawa" and the classic "Mama"), with the matching falsetto of Mamady Traoré.
With this music, you may even enjoy having the flu!
duke of iron: jungle calypso (1963)
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