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Haw Phin / Chong Ky

“We wrote this song during the quarantine. ‘Haw pin’ is Maastricht dialect for ‘stay strong’, which you can see on a lot of windows at the moment in Maastricht, and we mixed it up because we used the phin lute from Thailand.”

TRACK LISTING

A1. Haw Phin
B1. Chong Ky

Guess What / Porest

Al Khawarizmi / Hoyda

Guess What: a transcontinental & interplanetary keys+drums duo, active since 2008; half of which is Graham Mushnik whose organ wizard powers can be heard in Grup Şimşek alongside Derya Yıldırım.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Guess What - Al Khawarizmi
B1. Porest - Hoyda

The Space Lady began her outsider artistry on the streets of Boston in the late 70s, then San Francisco ten years later, playing versions of contemporary pop music with an accordion. Her album 'On The Street Of Dreams' is a charming addition with a gloriously kitsch version of 'Be Thankful For What You Got'!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Street Of Dreams
A2. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
A3. Be Thankful For What You Got
A4. Across The Universe
B1. Oh, Brave New World
B2. Radar Love
B3. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
B4. I Remember Love

África Negra

Antologia Vol. 1

    Les Disques Bongo Joe, continuing their work on Sao Tomé and Principe with curator DJ Tom B., are pleased to announce the release of an anthology of the group África Negra. This first volume includes 12 of their key tracks, remastered for the occasion and selected only from those officially released on different media. The album is accompanied by a booklet with the original covers and interviews with the band members still with us. A second volume containing only unreleased material, digitized from the studio tapes by their tour manager, and filled with period photos, is expected soon.

    Formed in the early 1970s by Horacio, a butcher by trade, and his guitarist friend Emidio Pontes, África Negra is the best known of the great São Tomé and Principe bands. The catchy melodies in the local Forro language, provided by lead singer João Seria, and subtly harmonized by the enchanting backing vocals of the rest of the band, quickly ensured their influence outside the archipelago. Their incomparable blend of Puxa and Rumba rhythms and subtle melodies made them the most regular touring band from Sao Tome.

    Their first album (Aninha) was released in 1981, followed by three more in 1983. They contain an incredible collection of timeless hits and have achieved high ratings on the second-hand market. Then came the excellent San Lena in 1986, which was unfortunately only released on cassette, but for which we were able to digitize the original tape. In 1990 their last album in vinyl format (Paga me uma cerveja) was released, the rarest. Three CDs and five cassettes followed in the 1990s. Like most São Tomean bands, they recorded their compositions at Radio Nacional STP, the only studio on the island at the time, whose cramped premises forced the big bands to do sessions outside in the courtyard, at night, facing the ocean and in front of their fans.

    Reformed around João Seria, the band has recorded three albums since 2012, and has been touring again for a few years, offering, always with the same energy, their frenzied rhythms, their graceful harmonies, their poetry full of social metaphors, and their typical dance steps.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Vence Vitória
    A2. Carambola
    A3. Saozinha
    B1. Epa Sá Cata Pabô Manda Mum
    B2. Ple Can
    B3. Zun Zon Pedlelu
    C1. 12 De Julho
    C2 Quá Na Buá Néga Fá
    C3. Cumamo Bivalemo
    D1. Pedlelo
    D2. San Tomé Plôdozu
    D3. Giná Mé Mú Môlé

    "June 2017, France. It’s 40° both inside and outside. At Studio Black Box, in the Haut Anjou, it is as if you were there, in Madagascar. And when the tape recorders start rotating, the musicians’ imagination feeds off the guts of their music : Malagasy bush, tropical heat, red dirt, sand, drought, corn, cassava, cockcrow, mooing zebus, lambahoany (fabric), leaf hut, fotaky house (mud), dust, portable generator, music, rhum, bodies frantically dancing whether in the dark or under the blazing sun…Tsapiky.

    The album shall be named "Valimbilo". Bilo is a disease which strikes one’s mental health, depression is what western societies call it. When one is diagnosed with « voany bilo », a precise medical treatment is engaged and performed without doctors, nor medicine. To vanquish bilo, one has to use music. The sorcerer solely decides upon the “good” day (the day which gathers the most positive aspects of the astrological conjuncture) to operate: the extended family hosts a ceremony ruled by many taboos, which can last up to a few days, and in which only one remedy is applied in high dosage : some Tsapiky.
    They are “doctor” musicians whom talent is source of the cure.
    They play for the patient, who has to be facing the orchestra : all of their attention is focused on the bilo, dancing in the sick person’s body : It has to be awaken, seduced, surprised and attacked from every angle before it is pressured, pressured until KO, until it can’t take the it anymore, stuffed with music. Then the patient is relieved, discharged, and the ceremony is over.

    During the entirety of the ceremony, the patient picks a person who helps him/her get the bilo out of his/her system, this is what we call “valimbilo”, literally “husband/wife of the bilo.” "

    TRACK LISTING

    01. Malay Nama
    02. Aomby Mazava Ioha
    03. Kalitaky
    04. Bekapamaky
    05. Fiaina Sarotsy
    06. Tsy Miroro
    07. Relela
    08. Mivaliky Tany Toy


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