SKOKIAAN

Latest update on 15/12/2009

Artist: African Dance Band Of The Cold Storage Commision Of Southern Rhodesia
Author: August Msarurgwa
Label: Gallotone
Year: 1952

All members worked in a coolhouse in Bulawayo, second largest city in Zimbabwe (former Rhodesia). Zulu song about the local moonshine (pineapple beer), strong (holding gun powder!) and prohibited. Reissued on cd Jazz Offerings From South Africa (Gallo). First recorded in '51 as a sax and trumpet instrumental by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey. Licensed by Eric Gallo, a new recording was made in '52 and released on Gallotone. Eric Gallo was the African equivalent of Alan Lomax, trying to record as many unspoiled African music as possible. Him and Lomax knew each other well (see: Mbube).

Covers:

1954:

Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band [same recording on Decca (UK) and London (US), where it entered the Top 20]

1954:

Ralph Marterie [n°3 US]

1954:

Perez Prado

1954:

Four Lads [lyrics by Tom Glazer]

1954:

Louis Armstrong

1954:

Ray Anthony

1955:

Chris Barber Jazzband

1959:

Bill Haley [his final hit; in Mexico as Skokian A Go Go in '66]

1962:

Bert Kaempfert

1965:

Jokers

1965:

Bob Moore

1969:

Dynamites

1973:

James, Jill & Jackson

1976:

Ringo Starr

1978:

Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela

1984:

Brave Combo

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