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

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sonora Paramarera _Best Of Vol 2

I've been asked to post complete albums and/or cd's.
I will try to do so in the future if and when I have the time to rip them.
Have Fun with this one

Vol 2 CD Sonora Paramarera

Friday, January 8, 2010

Songs From Suriname Vol 4


I received Vol4 by mail from one of my blog visitors from Holland, and I wanted to share it with you.

Thanks Cas

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.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Big Jones & His Kawina Band - Bosoe Bana

The songs on this dutch Philips EP are from the soundtrack of the film/documentary "Suriname" done by Herman van der Horst released in 1960 in the Netherlands.
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

Alberto Gemerts - Lobie Foe Monie Delta-LP-503

Alberto Gemerts is one of the Suriname great singers, songwriters, arrangers, producers and band leaders.
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.

A.Parisius aka Kid Dynamite

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 sr - So Wan Lobie

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.

Max Woiski – So Wang Lobbie

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mohd Rafi & Asha Bhosle

Mohd Rafi
As you can read in one of my earlier posts, the population of Suriname came from all over the world.
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.

Asha Bhosle
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.

Both performers are from India

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Skratie Pokoe by The Stan Lokhin Band

Front Cover of Album

As I said in my earlier post about "The Wash Board Orchestra" many of the members joined different groups when they broke up.
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.

Rear Cover with Picture of Stan Lokhin

In the song "Kowroe E Moro Mi" the lead complains about the cold in Holland having just arrived you can imagine, having spend your life in the tropics and now getting beaten by the cold. A "hot" topic among newcomers.
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.

Spider Vox (The Stan Lokhlin Band) - Kowroe E Moro Mi

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Surinam Golden Gate Boys - Peroen Peroen Mi Patron Philips LP

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.

The Golden gate Boys are E.Banket, D.Berenstein, E.Vabrie and W.Bergtop.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Orchestra Washboard lead Lieve Hugo - Langa Bere Emi CD '90

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

Sonora Paramarera - Teki Wan Gon

This group from the late 60's is still going strong, although the members have been changing constantly the last 10 to 15 years.
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.

KASEKO song by Sonora Paramarera

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.