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Today I'll spotlight those who's ancestors came from Indonesia almost 120 years ago.
During my teenage years we lived near a restaurant that played Gamelan-Music for the whole evening, 7 days a week, until 12 o'clock.
While the band was playing a Djaran Kepang group was performing, mostly during the weekends.
Here are 2 popular songs from Suriname.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Songs are from the 60's until the 80's.
Most are kaseko/skratie melodies but there are also ballads and other styles that where very popular, like a great funk song by Billy Jones & The Twinkle Stars, a latin ballad by the Happy Boys. Ole Ole by The Tropics is a great party number.
Billy was from the US but got addicted to the Suriname way of living. He surved in Vietnam and left for Europe, after returning to the States and became disappointed with things back home, where he got into contact with The Twinkle Stars and moved to The Netherlands and he never left until his early death in 1982. Both his solo albums with the Twinkle Stars are collectors items.
Happy Boys and Trafasi are the same band who changed name after some difficulties with former members.
The Twinkle Stars had many good singers but Oscar Harris and Billy Jones where the main attraction.
Billy spoke Suriname perfectly after a while. You can here him sing in Surinamese in Jerusalem which is a kaseko-gospel.
Downloads are compressed in a 7Zip format, which is a freeware application
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The lyric says
"I have a little garden in my heart just for you little black rose"
The songs became an instand hit in Suriname. During an interview Damaru said that the dutch singer Jan Smit was one of his idols. He loved his lyrics and his songs and wanted to do a duet with him.
That was not said to def mans ears and soon there duet of the song was released in Holland and reach #1 within a week.
Part of the sales of this song go to SOS kinderdorp, which is an organization that helps orphan children to grow up in a family.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Johan Henri Eliza FERRIER, born on May 12, 1910 and died Jan 4, 2010 Oesgeest Holland.
First President of Suriname (1975 - 1980) since Sept 2008 oldest living former Head Of State, last Governor of Suriname (1969 - 1975), Managing Director of Billiton Bauxite Company in Suriname 1966 - 1968, Adviser to the Dutch Department of Education 1958 -1965, Prime Minister Of Suriname ( 1955 - 1958), Member of Parlement in Suriname 1946 - 1948, Schoolteacher & Story teller.
The Anansi tales are believed to have originated in the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. (The word Anansi is Akan and means, simply, spider.) They later spread to other Akan groups and then to the West Indies, Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles. On Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire he is known as Nanzi, and his wife as Shi Maria.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
You can hear that the music has evolved.
The traditional instruments are now joined by some modern ones.
But basically the music is the same.
Monday, May 18, 2009
This cd consist mostly of "kotodansi" traditional music for the woman (Koto Misies) to show of there traditional Creole dresses. But there is also a sweet Suriname waltz.
The clothing for which this music is ment is called "Koto Misi" which also is the name for the lady/woman wearing it.
The wife's of the slave owners where very jealous at the nice figured slave girls/woman so they made them dress up in big baggy clothes, so the masters would not me attracted to them.
So a "dress code" was developed to give messages to the community.
Especially the "hat pieces" where used for that matter.
So a woman could let the gentlemen know if she was available, married or in mourning just to name a few possibilities.
the file compression is a 7zip format the application is freely available just Google for 7zip
All compositions are by G Scheermaker & A Gemerts
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Johnny de Mirande was born in 1924. He started playing at an early age. His first violin lessons where at the age of 7.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
H.van der Horst won the Golden Bear for the best documentary.
Four songs by Big Jones & his Kawina Band where among the soundtrack of this documentary.
Todays songs is called "Bosoe Bana" which is a bunch of bananas and is about a man who is trying to sell these bananas
The song is from the late 50's (probably 1959) and was a huge hit back in Suriname. I remember during my childhood days (during the late 60's) that the song was still frequently played on local radio stations.
For additional information see the scans of this blog
Monday, September 1, 2008
He was born in 1931 and moved to The Netherlands in the 50's where he formed a band with other Suriname musicians he had played with in Suriname and toured Europe (the Scandinavian countries) with them for almost 8 years without returning to The Netherlands.
Musicians might have been A.Parisius, Johnny de Miranda, Max Woiski, Theodoor Kantoor akaTeddy Cotton but I'm not sure of that.
"Lobie Foe Monie" written by Gemerts is about a thief/burglar sitting in jail and telling us how his love for money put him in problems.
This song is from an album done as a tribute to an other great Suriname musician, singer and song writer "A.Parisius aka Kid Dynamite" who lived in Germany and was killed in a car accident in Hamburg 1963.
This albums was probably done in the same year.
8 of the 12 songs on this album where written by A.Parisius.
Kid Dynamite and his Combo played at the Casablanca club at "de Zeedijk" in Amsterdam during the early 50's before moving to Germany.
Gemerts had a total of 6 albums on the dutch Delta label and some on other labels to. He has produced many albums and 45's.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Max Woiski was born in Domburg (Suriname) in 1911 and died in 1981. He moved to Amsterdam in the 30's and started his own Club "La Cabana". At first he started playing only Latin music under the artist name Jose Barreto but went back to his roots in the 50's.
In the 60's he moved to Spain, Mallorca and started a Nightclub.
Monday, June 9, 2008
The people from India/Pakistan make a large portion of that population nowadays .
Todays song is a song me and my brothers used to sing, somewhere in the sixties, when we where on our school vacation on a plantation called "Meerzorg". It was mostly populated by Hindustani people.
A great uncle and aunt of mine had a grocery store near the Meerzorg dock and a orange plantation where we stayed during our vacations.
We spent many great vacations there, fishing, hunting, catching crabs during the tide and catching song birds who came to the rise fields to feed.
If there are people from Suriname who have more of these 50's and 60's Hindustani songs, that where hits back in Suriname, and want to share them................................ Please contact me.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
O.Seymanson (the other lead singer) and Carlo Brandon ( the sax player) joined this group.
When Spider Vox broke up, most members started there own or a joined groups.
I can speak from experience.
The music style is a Skratie variation ( because of the so called "skratie drum" being so prominent).
O.Seymanson is the lead on this song.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Original Golden Gate Boys where immensely popular back home in Suriname and inspired many groups.
One of them is todays group who started singing somewhere in the sixties.
This song is a traditional dating from slavery times probably around 1700.
In the song a "patron" (slave being the foreman) is being made ridiculous by other slaves after foreign pirates/army's have raided their lumber plantations and took all wood with them.
He's being asked why he did not stop them, how much beating he has received and why he's trying to hide he's in pain.
A rare opportunity to get back at him.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Orchestra Washboard to me is one of the best traditional bands ever from Suriname. It consisted of some of the best musicians Suriname had to offer.
This group was immensely popular and they did not know how to stop when they got started and the party was going, that's how this song came to life, improvised just to keep the party going and it kept evolving every time, consisting of traditional Suriname songs from way back passed on by earlier music generation.
Washboard mostly played at house parties in the early years. I cherries the memories I have regarding this band in connection with my grandmothers 70th birthday (Nov 1969), they played like crazy that night and I've never heard "Langa Bere" played better then they did that night.
"Langa Bere" is a saying we use in Suriname for something that keeps on going and going. It can also mean boring, but listening you'll know it's not the case with this song.
This music style is called "Bigie-Pokoe" meaning "Big/Large/Grand - Music/Rhythm/Cadance".
This sound started somewhere in the 1930's under the influence of marching bands, military brass and jazz bands, that's why the horns are so prominent. Don't you just love the sax player.
This version was recorded in 1970 during the Holland tour. You can hear the mix of Winti and Kawina elements which where already there in the '30. Listening to the horns answering the sax in some parts as the backing vocals traditionally do in winti/kawina which is also the case in this song.
The group broke up in the mid 70's if I remember well and most of the members started there own groups ( 5 or 6) mostly in The Netherlands, both lead singers started a solo career with there own band and really made it.
Washboard sometimes played for hours and hours, they had spare musicians that took over when one was tired, just needed to go to the bathroom, maybe saw someone at the party he had not seen for a while or just wanted to dance which frequently occurred during ballads, when they had there eye on one of the partying ladies.
Some of the musicians played several instruments, so after an hour you could see the drummer playing bass or some other instrument.
It was great just watching them.
The rapid swelling of the rhythm and the constant changing you hear at the end sometimes went on for 15 minutes.
But enough of my walk down memory lane.
Enjoy 15 minutes of dancing pleasure.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Paramarera consisted mostly of Suriname musicians mixed with those from the Dutch Antilles, Holland and some other South American countries.
They mainly play/played Kaseko, which is a Suriname dance rhythm, but other Caribbean styles where/are also among their repertoire like reggae, salsa and calypso.
Read more about Kaseko Music
The song is a traditional, rearranged by on of the group members. The story is about 2 people having a quarrel, one is very angry with the other who says "Well If You're Angry With Me Then Take A Gun And Shoot Me"
This comment was, and to some extend still is, being used in Suriname to stop a debate or argument about something that was/is going nowhere.
Kaseko is a very joyful rhythm just listen and feel how it brightens your day.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Notes of NAKS Album explaining several styles of Kawina music and historical information
Some additional information:
Winti is an Afro-Surinamese religion with a supreme being who has withdrawn from the world and a pantheon of lesser gods. Belief in an immortal soul and the ancestor worship connected with it play a central part in the religion of the Creole population. The music linked to the religious practices is a Surinamese variant of the West African tradition, handed down from the period of slavery, of ritual drum music and dancing before the wintis, the demigods who move as fast as the wind. Each of the wintis has special rhythms and songs by which he or she can be summoned. Their presence manifests itself in the trance dance in which a winti temporarily takes possession of someone's personality. This can happen during a healing ritual, but also at a celebration.
Another form of Creole folk music related to Winti music is Kawina, which arose after the abolition of slavery in 1863. At the beginning of the last century Kawina developed into a major form of popular music for people from the city and the coastal areas of Surinam. Its texts are about all sorts of subjects from everyday life, but mainly about the relations between men and women and about public scandals. They are primarily entertaining songs to dance to, with long instrumental interludes of improvisation by the percussion ensemble. Aside from the texts, the main difference to Winti music is in the instruments and times used and the greater freedom to improvise which the drummers and lead singer enjoy.
What Winti and Kawina have in common is the call of a lead singer, alternating with a chorus which responds with a harmonized refrain, and the interacting rhythmical patterns. These elements also form the building blocks of popular Kaseko music.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
It's called "KAWINA", these songs where song by the slaves. Characteristic for this is the form in which the singing is done, a lead singing and the guest/public repeating him.
No electronic instruments are used, the main instruments are, the Kawina drum, the so called "Apintie" drum and a wooden bench.
The group performing in this song is one of the best " Bose Krioro". There are lots of local "Kawina" bands in Suriname, many bands are also a brought, every where Suriname people are these bands are. There are no real Suriname parties without this music.
The beautiful thing of this is that all cultures in Suriname dance to these songs, although it's an Afro American style. But this is normal back in Suriname, all cultures have blended, but holding on to the most characteristics elements of there own culture.
A real Suriname culture is developing 150 years after "traditional" slavery was abolished.
Friday, October 26, 2007
AT FIRST THE SLAVES ,FROM MOSTLY THE WEST AFRICAN COST, HAD TO STAY AND WORK FOR 10 YEARS ON THERE OLD PLANTATION'S.
IT WAS EXPECTED THAT MOST OF THE FORMER SLAVES WOULD LEAVE THE PLANTATION'S SO WORKERS WHERE CONTRACTED FROM SEVERAL PARTS OF THE WORLD TO COME AND FILL UP THE EMPTY SPACES.
WORKERS WHERE BROUGHT IN FROM CHINA, INDIA, INDONESIA AS CONTRACT WORKERS TO WORK FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEN BE TAKEN BACK TO THERE COUNTRIES
BUT MANY OF THEM NEVER LEFT AND CREATED THE MIXTURE OF CULTURE AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE
LATER PEOPLE FROM EUROPE, NORTH AFRICA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD CAME AND THE CULTURAL BLEND BECAME EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT