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City Of Paramaribo with Suriname river (right) and Commewijne River (left) Atlantic Ocean(front)

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

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Songs From Suriname Vol 3

This is the last Cd I have in this series.
Have fun

downloaded the posted folder
except song #8 all where OK
let me know if this download gives you any problems

Vol 3 re-upload

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CD Songs From Suriname Vol 2

Songs From Suriname Vol 2

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Indo Pop from Suriname

As I said in one of my first posts, the people living in Suriname came from all over the Globe.

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.

Last 2 Video's TAKEN FROM

Songs can be purchased on above site

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CD Songs From Suriname Vol 1

Front cover
There are 3 Volumes of this CD. I'll be posting them all the coming period.
Songs are from the 60's until the 80's.

Inside 1

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.

inside 2

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.

inside 3

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.

inside 4

Downloads are compressed in a 7Zip format, which is a freeware application

Saturday, August 8, 2009

# 1 in Suriname & The Netherlands

A composition by Damaru.

Damaru wrote this song for his 3 months old daughter.
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.

Duet with Jan Smit

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.

Download link

Monday, August 3, 2009

Anansi Tori from 1950 march 24 by Johan Ferrier

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.

spoken is the Suriname language from a radio broadcast

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

Naks Kaseko Loko~Un Ne Prati (We'll Never Part) CD

A younger/later composition of the group I have already posted a song of.
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.

Earlier Post Of The Original Nask Group

the file compression is a 7zip format, the application is freely available just Google for 7zip

Naks Kaseko Loko CD

Monday, May 18, 2009

George Scheermaker Koto Dansi CD

George Shermacher/Scheermaker during a party back in Suriname

George Scheermaker was one of the great Suriname saxophone players, he had a special vibrating sound with his sax.
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.
Modern Koto Misi
During slavery it was also not allowed for the male & female slaves to openly have contact with each other.
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

George Scheermaker cd

All compositions are by G Scheermaker & A Gemerts

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Johnny de Miranda - Sekantie CNR '74

Johnny de Mirande was born in 1924. He started playing at an early age. His first violin lessons where at the age of 7. 
At the age of 16 he played with the Suriname Philharmonic Orchestra with leader Eddy Wessels. 
Later he also started playing the clarinet and alt and tenor sax.

During the 40's he joined and played with "Piskadere Boys" from Curacao on the Duch Antilles. 

In the early 50's he went back to Suriname at the request of the then popular orchestra "The Swing Masters" probably with band leader M.Vasconcellos and Alberto Gemerts.
During that time he also played with "Bios Suriname Boys" with Eddie Snijders and Carlo Jones, but it did not last long they had only 3 performances during '51 and '53 and broke up.

In 1955 he moved to The Netherlands and joined Max Woiski's band and played, congas, drums, piano and did vocals.
Johnny  made many solo recordings. 2 albums of which you can see the covers here. 

Todays song is from his album " The Sunny Sound Of Suriname" from '74

Players on this album are Sinnie Boona, Bennie Wijngaarde, Stan Lockin, Rene van der Lande, Carlo Brandon, George Scheermacher,Borris Zijlstra. 
The  album was produces by Alberto Gemerts

I've never seen his other album "Ritmo Tropical" from '71 but I know 3 songs from that album: 
Pajasiman, Baka Thalia and Masra Bedoisi.
If anyone has the album...........please contact me.