Bill Haley : Skokiaan 7/10/2009 (updated 12/18/2009)
First recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets on the DECCA DL-8964 LP/album Strictly Instrumental released in December 1959. ***He was accompanied i.a. by Johnny Grande on piano and Ralph Jones on drums and different with the one recorded for the Mex Orfeón/Dimsa LP/album DML 8381 Bill Haley A Go-Go in 1966 as by Bill Haley and The Comets (aka y Sus Cometas) were we found i.a. Julian Bert on piano; John "Bam Bam" Lane on drums; mariachis Diego Romero & Luis Sanchez playing trumpets.***Also known as "Skokiaan A Go-Go" for the latters.***Skokiaan (Tsaba Tsaba Dance) had been composed in Southern Rhodesia (now, Zimbabwe) by August Macon Msarurgwa (in fact, Musarurwa of the village of the same name in Zwimba Reserve) in the late 1949.***The original version has been released in early 1950 (b/w Karekwangu) and interpreted by the African Dance Band of The Cold Storage Commission of Southern Rhodesia fronted by leader August Macon Msarurgwa.***Reference: Gallotone Jive GB. 1152., 1950***My special thanks go to Mr. Peter Bowbrick from Great Britain who has provided me with bright help seeing he had known the composer and his sister in his early teens.***This instrumental has been also recorded and released later in 1954 by The Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm Band (in Bulawayo) also fronted by Msarurgwa.***Both cover versions/songs were available on CD's i.a. The Magic Collection (a division of Telesonic Holland), ARC records MEC 949078 in 1983 and also on M next CDES 61 released in France in 2002 under license to San Juan, 2001.***Here 's another history from Goldworthy and Disa: A.M. could only have joined the AFDB of TCSC of SR in 1950 saying that Hugh Tracey also put the tune on tape on 8 June 1951.***This version has been issued (SWP032/HT21) on June 8, 2006 by Sharp Wood. http://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/samap/content/skokiaan***A sung version also exists in Shona Zezuru. Skokiaan was also published on DECCA (red label FM 6142) b/w In The Mood later on.
Karekwangu ? Badly called "In The Mood" !!! What a good joke! http://youtu.be/jhEBzhBLdHc
In The Mood by the Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm Band : http://youtu.be/uI6VqzdelLA