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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

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