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world again

Posted by Chris on November 7, 2008 at 10:28 am  

linkdumping… (dutch and related)

aura(-)theft goes to suriname and brings back a lot of information & images… and a very fine mix

andy moor leads a discussion at mute magazine on world music, blogs, taxi distribution, konono no.1 and ethiopian music.

“The whole emphasis on the west stealing and looting the culture of africa seems to overlook the fact that the theft and influence always move in both directions, and what a great thing that is…”

tropikal romantik

Posted by Chris on August 4, 2008 at 8:37 am  

less haste more speed…

where i am now is muggy. tropical can mean something physical. cicadas crackling underneath. before i was where i am some nice people gave me some muggy music.

seb tells me ‘mooi oema’ is dutch-crole patois meaning ‘beautiful woman’. beautiful women deserve big vocals and busy drops.

Sonora Paramarera – Mooi Oema 8.9mb

j/r wrote a fair bit about this here. change keys and go. ladies free.

Damas Gratis – La Primera del Borracho (ta) 4.4mb

i’m not on the internets much where i am so i beg your patience for a while, & i won’t be able to weigh in on any rowdy super-intelligent bee fights ;)

suriname tropical

Posted by Chris on May 31, 2008 at 1:40 pm  

the future is tropical. i don’t just mean sea temperatures. from concerto records in amsterdam… there are little to no traces of the artists on the internets except occasional list recognition. if you have more information…

kaseko is the dominant style here – breaking the body in dance since days of slavery. call, response and a big bass drum. it broke in the netherlands during the 70s when (at a guess) the first two of these records were made and distributed. a time of mass migration from suriname (one third of the surinamese population moved north) in the run up to independence in 75.

paul & the mixmo stars – moni man 320k 9.5mb

paul & the mixmo stars are playing a revival dance in holland this weekend. watch the tempo shift on this tune.

cynthia bhikharie – merie bhool 320k 9.5mb

like guyana, suriname saw an influx of indentured and migrant labour from india (and in suriname’s case dutch controlled java) after slavery was abolished. this slow dance is sung in hindi.

orchestra vejonica – dij boeko 320k 10.7mb

this one’s quite straightforward. i’ve seen indie kids dancing to it.

young cosje – snesi 320k 16mb

this one is definitely more recent – the sleeve has a picture of the band alongside a bus with the caption ‘kerst – tour – 1989′. dense drums.

and the new-school kaseko


Kaseko-surinaams- Kawina- Bubble Mix. this guy’s got the uploads.

Suriname PI

Posted by Chris on October 10, 2007 at 3:18 pm  

fresh off a train from the netherlands… concerto record store is great. a flying visit barely scratched the surface. here’s a little scratch. maybe I’m using the wrong cheat codes, but a bit of googling turned up nothing. I know its from Suriname, band shot looks 70s… again any info appreciated.

(btw thanks to lamin who upped the full Mahmoud Guenya / Pharaoh Sanders LP – his comment got lost in the spam weir)


Orchestra Tropical – Sinawe Gorong 320k 8.8mb

and while we’re at it…

Orchestra Tropical – Sinawe Gorong (reduced) 320k 12.5mb

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