Tutaimba: we will sing.
For those of you who might be fortunate enough to come from Tanzania back in the day (yes I know its a big country and that not everyone knows everyone else), you might know or know of Alnoor Premji better known as Furahisha Moyo who was formerly of the store of the same name.. It turns out that not only has been a regular reader and lurker at the blog for a while now, he actually dropped me an email and asked me to share a tune with you.
This tune is a classic in more ways than one. It is one of those tracks that you hear about and think that you will never have a chance to enjoy. Mathieu Kuka was the composer of BB69, today’s tune that was huge for African Jazz in the 60s. ( buy here or here). According to the Googles ( you can find the translation here), the track is all about
“a man on his knees, bowed to the whims of a courtesan who enjoys the power that his body and its charms grant him without worrying that it creates havoc in this game of love when she triumphs.”
OK, a bit much me thinks.
Especially since listening to it makes me realize that the lyrical storyline is just another “girl, don’t keep me waiting” story. Don’t get me wrong, the singing is fantastic – hence the line at the start of the post – and the guitar licks in there are stupendous. But the story is fomulaic.
Still, a great little number. And the hopeful cheerfulness of it all drove it to number 1.
Mathieu went on to join Les Noirs who were big in Nairobi for a while especially with Sikiya Sauce, a track that has turned out to be Zim’s “Moby Dick” – the need to figure out whom the Sikiya Sauce catch-phrase belonged to and what it was all about. If anyone knows about the “Sikiya Sauce” shout out or anything about the original of the line, please drop us a comment and share.
But , as usual. I digress.
For a great piece on the role of Congolese music in the culture of the nation, please read this piece by Bob White of UC Santa Cruz
So, if you know Alnoor (or not), drop him a thank you comment.
Here is the track: no art for this one I am afraid. While I have a picture of African Jazz, it is from the musical giants era almost 20 years later in the early 80s when Manu Dibango, Docteur Nico, Roer Izeidi and Tabu Ley ruled.
And then, there is the movie Snatch.
I must have watched this movie maybe 10, 11 times in theatre when it came out back at the turn of the millenium. And then another maybe 30 times on DVD. ( yes, 11 times. In the theatres. Thank you Linda, you must have set a record going with me the 4 or 5 times that you did especially considering that you were not into this deal as much as I was).
For Tyrone, it was all about being reeled in by Brick Top and his clique of nice guys lead by “what have I told you about thinking” Erroll for a chat with Brick Top’s little puppies.
For Turkish, it was all about losing a nice new caravan on top of the one he had already paid for and been cheated out of by Mickey and boys at the gypsy campsite.
The blend of hunter and hunted, life and death, flight or fight in this sequence in the movie coupled with the music is just an amazing combination. That is one tight tune. That high-pitched distortion lead on that track is just so so super bad. And the movie is full of astounding dialogue and characters who grip you and don’t let go.
Well, watch the scene for yourself.