Honest Jon's Records - Something is Wrong LP

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Songs from East Africa 1952-57

Thirty-five precious, stinging selections
from an HMV run of more than four hundred 78s,
recordings made in Uganda and Kenya from the mid-1930s till the mid-1950s.

Three main types of performance are featured
(not forgetting a lovely early Kenyan big-band calypso,
as if straight from the pen of Lord Kitchener).
Most are minstrelsy, with songs ranging dazzlingly through subjects including loneliness and death,
bastards and cut-off trousers, trains of fire and no-good rich people,
a murder mystery and a drunken punch-up at a rumba party in Kampala,
and metaphorical cocks, hard pedalling and kettles which won’t boil.


Fünfunddreißig kostbare, brennende Ausschnitte
aus einer HMV-Serie von mehr als vierhundert 78er-Schallplatten,
Aufnahmen, die von Mitte der 1930er bis Mitte der 1950er Jahre in Uganda und Kenia gemacht wurden.

Drei Haupttypen von Darbietungen sind zu hören
(nicht zu vergessen ein schöner früher kenianischer Big-Band-Calypso,
der direkt aus der Feder von Lord Kitchener stammt).
Die meisten sind Minnesänger, die in ihren Liedern Themen wie Einsamkeit und Tod auf verblüffende Weise behandeln,
Bastarde und abgeschnittene Hosen, Feuerzüge und nichtsnutzige reiche Leute,
einen Krimi und eine betrunkene Schlägerei auf einer Rumba-Party in Kampala,
und metaphorische Hähne, hartes Treten und Kessel, die nicht kochen wollen.


Honest Jons

DER Platten Laden überhaupt am Ende der Portobello Road Londons. Egal ob spektakuläre Reissues oder super aktuelle und grossartige elektronische Musik - Honest Jon's hat die Finger im Spiel. "Informal University for music lovers" - wird der Laden liebevoll genannt und ist seit 1974 das Herz der Londoner Musik Community. Das Label Honest Jon's wird unter anderem von Notting Hill local Damon Albarn mitbetrieben. Seit 2008 veröffentlicht Honest Jon's immer wieder Leckerbissen aus den 150 000 78 - rpm Aufnahmen aus den klimakontrollierten archivräumen der EMI archives in Hayes England.

Erhältlich bei: Kitchener Bern


EN: Honest Jon's is an independent record shop based on Portobello Road in Ladbroke Grove, London, operating since 1974. The shop is owned and run by Mark Ainley and Alan Scholefield, who took over from one of the original proprietors, "Honest" Jon Clare. Their record label of the same name is run in conjunction with Damon Albarn, who has been quoted as saying: "I don't really like the term world music. Wherever it comes from, it's all just music, isn't it? Hopefully that's what Honest Jon's is about - to open a few minds to what's out there."[1] The shop sells a multitude of genres of music on vinyl and CD, specializing in jazz, blues, reggae, dance, soul, folk and outernational. It runs a mail-order business from www.honestjons.com. Formed in 2002, the label has released compilation albums such as its London Is The Place For Me series, excavating the music of young Black London, in the years after World War II ("a fascinating archive of material from the 1950s and 60s, chronicling a time when diasporic rhythms were more or less the sole preserve of the small communities responsible for bringing them to these shores");[2] also collections of British folk, Port-of-Spain soca, Afro-Cuban jazz from the Bronx, Jamaican dancehall; and retrospectives of artists including Moondog, Maki Asakawa, Bettye Swann and Cedric "Im" Brooks & The Light of Saba. It has released original music by Candi Staton, Actress, T++, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mark Ernestus, Trembling Bells, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Simone White, Shackleton, Michael Hurley, Terry Hall, and the Moritz Von Oswald Trio. It recorded the chaabi orchestra of Abdel Hadi Halo on location in Algiers; Lobi Traore and Kokanko Sata Doumbia in Bamako; and Tony Allen in Lagos. In 2008, Honest Jon's began a run of compilations of early recordings — mostly drawn from the EMI Archive in Hayes, Hillingdon — stretching back to the start of the twentieth century, covering all corners of the world: from the break-up of the Ottoman Empire more than a hundred years ago, to 1950s Beirut, to late-1920s Baghdad, to 1930s East Africa. wikipedia

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