musical link: Orchestre Safari Sound with King Kiki, Bunny Mack and Harry Belafonte

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 06:32, by Steve Mugiri

For those of you who may remember Ochestre Safari Sound that eventually through splits and revolution gave us “kamanyola bila jasho“, here is some music from Kikumbi Mwanza Mpango, better known as King Kiki. (There is some back story here and more here).

Sorry for the purists among you but these are strictly fron vinyl as far as I can tell. And then, even more back story, with a heck of a disheartening ending, can be found here .

Two tracks here from a recording whose dates I can do not know Masantula and Kata Tama.

Orchestre Safari Sound w. King Kiki - Kata Tama

Orchestre Safari Sound w. King Kiki - Masantula

AOB:

 +I finally found it: Bunny Mac’s Let me love you
Bunny Mack - Let me love you

 +Tell me you don’t like this. I dare you, I double dare you.
Timmy Rogers - Super Soul Brother

 +Back in November, while on the InterTubes (TM), I run across Alex Halperin’s The Mzungu Thing in the September 2009 edition of n+1 magazine. Take a second to read it, its a more than decent piece of work.

 +Finally, I introduced my kids to the pleasures of Harry Belafonte’s Day-O using The Muppet Show.

They absolutely love it especially since Belafonte breaks down the song and explains exactly what he means.

If you are so inclined, you can pick up the video at this link or check it out on YouTube.

If someone out there has an mp3, please share. I have the LP (as you can clearly see from the photo below) but cannot share it as my turntable is now needle-less.

They have just been eating up all the old stuff I grew up on the last 6 months or so - Electric Company, Schoolhouse Rock (they are particularly fond of the skits about electricity and do the circulation), The Muppet Show and a ton of the older Disney Classics. This last month, they have been through The Jungle Book, Robin Hood and Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs this last weekend.

As an aside, the heathen among us call this particular track “The Banana Boat Song”. They are stark raving mad and I actually have vinyl to prove it. See the picture of the actual honest-to-goodness album art from the original 1956 12″ I took maybe 20 seconds ago below.

Harry-Belafonte-Day-O.Art

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