Wild Honey Pie, a band from Belgium, plays The Baetles @ the Spirit of 66 in Verviers last June 8, 2013.
http://youtu.be/6sis9tJuEEc (Back In The USSR) - http://youtu.be/rRphIPdnexs (Day Tripper) -
http://youtu.be/dY_wJ8MX2kc (I Should Have Known Better)
http://youtu.be/DsrnUa8By_o (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
http://youtu.be/5YTnT7Ml2q8 (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
2009/3/30 Quality Economics <quality.economics@blue...
I should have mentioned perfect hygiene at the abbatoir – they have to have far higher standards than Britain if they are to export to us.
Slavery. August’s tribe in the East would have been threatened by slavers over a thousand years. The last raid was Arab/Portuguese slavers in 1905. I do not know what part his tribe played in this.
The Matabele, based in Bulawayo, were a Zulu offshoot who arrived in 1836. They were one of Chaka’s impi who did not dare return to Zululand after an unsuccessful raid. They used the Zulu system of capturing tribes, enslaving or killing the men, enslaving and marrying the women. Much nastier than commercial slavery. When they settled in Southern Rhodesia they continued this system. There were annual raids on surrounding tribes for grain, cattle and women. This was the nominal excuse for the 1893 Matebele war and the occupation of Matabeleland. It is normally expected that it takes at least one generation to get rid of slavery, after its legal abolition. I do not know how they did it in Rhodesia. There were slave tribes and slave owning tribes. There were slave soldiers in the impi. The children were fathered by slave owners and slave mothers. It was not just a matter of sending people home and returning their property. So there were ex-slaves and slave owners around at the time of Skokiaan. People August’s age would have been born in the residual slavery. And the Matabele war was only 60 years before Skokiaan, closer than we are to the recording of Skokiaan. (by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1959 : http://youtu.be/2z1br3piNmM) [*]
This is still of fundamental importance in Zimbabwe politics, the Matabele/Shona divide.
Google Chaka Zulu, Matabele, Bemba, Yao, Angoni, Slavery Rhodesia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
[*] : nothing to see with The No-No song ! Ringo & His New All Starr Band 2001 :
The Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm Band : Skokiaan (1953/1954) http://youtu.be/oxnXcBBdUBU
Complete e-mail sent to me by Mr. Peter BOWBRICK :
2009/3/28 Quality Economics <quality.economics@blue...
August Musarugwa trained in the BSAP police band, with the bandmaster hitting him on the knuckles if he made a false note. Attached is a photograph of police bandsmen at BSAP Depot 1936. (Photo S.A. Bowbrick)
He was employed as a clerk by another ex-policeman, Syd Bowbrick (1907-1978) who was personnel manager for the Cold Storage Commission, the government meat marketing board from the end of 1949. Bowbrick organized works sports, cinema, etc. and the works band – the African Dance Band of the Cold Storage Commission under August Musarugwa.
Syd Bowbrick was strongly into preserving African music and dance, organizing village dance groups from the Zambezi valley to travel to Bulawayo for festivals or the Eisteddfod. He stopped abruptly when a police friend told him that the Special Branch (security) had opened a file on him. However he continued to support the works band.
There was an attempt to launch the band commercially. They got a well paid job in the Congo, but all their instruments were stolen. Neither the players nor their sponsor could afford to replace them. So it was back to the day job, clerking, plus playing local gigs with the firm’s instruments.
Bowbrick had met Hugh Tracy recording in the bush in the 1930s and arranged for him to record Musarugwa.
He also arranged for Gallo Africa to record Skokiaan somewhere between August and December 1953, in Bulawayo. The musical arrangement of this recording was influenced partly by the fact that they had to employ a session musician who played both the piano and the trumpet (He was paid 5 shillings (70c). He later became a full time member of the Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm Band.) Bowbrick prevailed on the band not to all play at once as they wished, but to let solos stand out, in deference to his unsophisticated western ear.
Bowbrick sent copies of the record to major record companies. Decca replied with a letter saying that Ted Heath, the top bandleader in Britain, did not think that it had any potential. Eventually it was picked up. Bowbrick always regretted that nobody picked up Musarugwa’s Tinochimero, which he thought would have been a bigger hit. The Chishona vocals probably put western bands off.
Spokes Mashiane recorded Skokiaan in 1955, some years before his hit, Kwela Claude, made the penny whistle acceptable.
After he got enough money to buy instruments, Musarugwa launched the Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm Band.
At the time African contestants in dance competitions wore white tie and tails. A 30 inch watch chain was de rigueur, going from the fly buttons to the right trouser pocket.
The tune came from the one played in shebeens to warn staff and customers that there was a police raid and staff and customers should dispose of the evidence. The sheebeen might indeed have been supplying skokiaan, but was more likely to have been selling lager or spirits – it was illegal to sell Natives (Black Africans) anything but the traditional beer – looking like a dilute maize or sorghum flour porridge with 2.5% alcohol. Skokiaan was sometimes traditional beer fortified with methylated spirits, which could blind or kill. Musarugwa was well acquainted with sheebeens as a policeman and as a customer.
When Louis Armstrong visited Bulawayo, some years after his hit, he arranged to play with August at his concert. Louis was shocked to hear that August had spent all his earnings. August was startled to hear how much he should have earned in royalties. On investigation, it turned out that this was because he had been asked to sign the standard contract, under which an African artist only got royalties on sales in Southern Africa. However, Bowbrick had vetted the contract and crossed out the relevant sentences before Musarugwa signed it, so he was entitled to full royalties. His lawyers, Coghlan and Welsh, took it up.
The name was definitely pronounced Musarugwa, but they were switching to a new orthography in the 1930s which could explain spelling differences.
I have a strong recollection of it being Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm, not Rhythms, Band – we had all the records at home.
It is my impression, but only that, that August joined the Cold Storage at about the same time as my father: they were certainly not allowed to leave the police during the war.
As a police bandsman he would have played several instruments. I never heard of him playing an mbira.
I have never heard of a 1947 recording. [what did I say about the year of first published ???]
Sources: I knew August from age 5 to age 11, when he left the Cold Storage in 1954. My father Syd Bowbrick kept up with him until 1966 when Syd left the country after UDI. My brother, who was also at the recording session, worked for his solicitors. Peter Bowbrick.
Bill Haley "Rareties" LP, Malaysia, AMBASSADOR A 98100 (completely unknown of origin? : I'm not quite sure at all !)
This LP compilation in 1979 is still completely unknown of origin. I remember when I bought it, in early January 1980, the record dealer told me it was coming from Malaysia. No, it wasn't. This tremendous LP has been manufactured and released in the USA (America) in 1979. J'appelle ça de la basse vengeance : j'en ai par dessus la tête que les anglais et les français (ces derniers ont purement et simplement supprimé une bonne discographie toutefois considérée comme un torchon irrécupérable!] me prennent pour un rigolo ou simplement pour un imbécile. ["you're the expert"! My foot! (English-speaking Wikipedia)] sous le fallacieux prétexte - parce que je n'hésite pas à (d)écrire la vérité - qu'ils se croient les uniques papes de Bill Haley alors qu'en Belgique nous sommes bien mieux informés qu'eux!). De toute façon, s'ils ne détiennent pas l'info avant quiconque, elle est considérée comme fausse, voire pourrie! Il y a des articles qui dérangent beaucoup de monde: tant mieux! La vérité n'est pas toujours bonne à dire. Il est hors de question de fausser la vérité et de toute façon, je n'en ai rien à fiche!...***I call that low revenge: I have some over my head which Englishmen [(Pommies :-)] take me as a funny guy or simply as a nunskull. ["you're the expert"!] My foot! (English-speaking Wikipedia which destroyed the DECCA Sessions as well as the other ones) under the fallacious pretext - because I don't hesitate to write/tell the truth as true as possible - that they believe they are the quite unique popes on Bill Haley (it's not bad, but I've seen much better!!) whereas in Belgium we got a better information (early 1970 for me and Alain Darmor 20 years beforehand!!) than them!)! In any event, if they don't hold information before whoever, it is regarded as false, rotten! There are articles which disturb many people: hardest the better! Chris (G.): just have a look! Convinced? Think, you might have to update and correct your own discography. So, the truth is not always good to say… ! Anyway, it is out of question to twist the truth and I couldn't care less what they're up to! Pure de papas, it's quite hot here in Belgium...(today June 1, 2013, the sky is blue ;-) http://youtu.be/t6LDwZSyYHA : Viva la rock r 'n' roll from the German motion Picture by Werner Jacobs "Hier Bin Ich, Hier Bleib' Ich" (Here I am, here I stay). Première : 8. Januar 1959 im Stuttgarter Gloria-Palast.
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