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Wi Egi Prisiri (70's winning march based on traditional music)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

NAKS Folk Group - Wan Wan Bung Lobi De Ete

NAKS Folk Group around early 70's with traditional instruments


Notes of NAKS Album explaining several styles of Kawina music and historical information


Naks – Wan Wan Bung Lobi De Ete

This is a koti singi in "kawina bigipoku style". Love and goodness are impromisingly being sung of, but several people and every day situations are also made fun of.

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Winti is an Afro-Surinamese religion with a supreme being who has withdrawn from the world and a pantheon of lesser gods.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.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

KAWINA MUSIC BY BOSE KRIORO

This is one of the oldest forms of Traditional Suriname Music, next to the music of the original habitants of the South American continent "the indians".
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.

Bose Krioro Song >>>>>> get it here

Friday, October 26, 2007

THE MANY ROOTS OF SURINAME MUSIC
















Left: Painting of slave trading
Right: Descendent's of slaves dancing in there village

I was born 70 years to late ( ~ | * )



THE MUSIC FROM SURINAME HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.
AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD AFTER SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED IN 1863 THE PLANTERS NEEDED WORKERS.


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