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Hamad Kalkaba and Golden Sounds: Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

Artist: Hamad Kalkaba and Golden Sounds
Title: Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

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Hamad Kalkaba and Golden Sounds: Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

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LP version. 180 gram vinyl Includes eight-page booklet Gatefold sleeve. Analog Africa on Hamad Kalkaba and His Golden Sounds 1974-1975: I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaound the Capital city of Cameroon when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the Musgum tribe of the northern part of the country. The record contained two songs - Gandjal Kessoum and Toufl - by an artist I had never heard of before named Hamad Kalkaba. Both cuts were raw classics of fuzzed-out bass pin-sharp horns built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroons mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal. The shop owner finally said to me There is another single with a green cover of the same artist if I am not mistaken. Over the next six years I searched for that green cover and finally found it in a record collection belonging to an old bar in Parakou in northern Benin.... These two records plus a third simply named Nord Cameroon Rhythms constitute the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroons forgotten geniuses. But unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere recorded a few singles and vanished again Kalkaba hadnt disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon and a former member of Cameroons Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And although Kalkabas job kept him busy and he seemed initially dismissive of the music hed made as a young man he turned out to be an enthusiastic ally in this project. He arranged interviews helped fill in the blanks and when we finally met him in Yaound in 2016 provided us with photographs lyric sheets and notes.

1.1 Astadjam Dada Sara 3:40
1.2 Toufl 4:24
1.3 Fouh Sei Allah 4:48
1.4 Lamido 5:34
1.5 Gandjal Kessoum 5:14
1.6 Tchakoulat 3:56

H 0.35
W 12.21
L 12.41

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