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11/08/2016

KTK83: SLIMANE AZEM (AL07)


Ladys & gentlemen...
As you probably noticed if you follow my other blog, I won't post any music there during this month.
I still have hundreds of records that I would love to share here so during the next few weeks I'll post some tapes reminding me of my childhood and the beguinning of my interest for different kinds of music when around 5 years old I discovered the maghrebian tapes stalls at the local market...
A few years ago, We had a trip in Egypt for an homage to Abdel Halim Hafez, this time We'll fly from the Djurdjura mounts in the north of Algeria (a place called Kabylie) to France to get deeply into the music of one of those (almost) anonymous legends of the exodus like there are dozens in France, all workers who had to leave their village to help their famillies in hard times...


This story, like many others, is the story of Slimane Azem (born in 1918 in a farmers familly) who had to travel at 19 years old «for a few months» to the metropole (Algeria is still french at this time) and who never came back...
Bad jobs, the second world war and the urban annonymous parisian loneliness instead of his mountains his village and his familly, Slimane Azem starts to write songs around 1945.
Then, the Algerian independence war and all the troubles you can imagine for an Algerian singer living in France...


If the songs of Slimane Azems talks about his own life in what many would call «Kabyle blues», they mean a lot for his community and soon Slimane becomes the voice of all the Algerian people far from their roots, victims the times. Many 7' records where published, especially in the 60's and 70's (he even got a gold record in 1970 and was one of the best records sales of the year in France) and it's not unusual to ear about him from the french-algerian people (a young hip hop band is even called «Slimane Azem»). afew years ago a documentary came out about his life and his grave in the south of France got visits from people from all around. In the next few weeks we'll get a whole bunch of tapes from him, a great opportunity to (re)discover his work.

SLIMANE AZEM (AL07 Algeria Music, tape re-edition)

TRACKLIST:
01 LEJDOUD
02 SUITE
03 ZIKH A YOULIW
04 A JAREV
05 L'OUALDINE


11/01/2016

KTK82: SLIMANE AZEM (MC803)


Ladys & gentlemen...
As you probably noticed if you follow my other blog, I won't post any music there during this month.
I still have hundreds of records that I would love to share here so during the next few weeks I'll post some tapes reminding me of my childhood and the beguinning of my interest for different kinds of music when around 5 years old I discovered the maghrebian tapes stalls at the local market...
A few years ago, We had a trip in Egypt for an homage to Abdel Halim Hafez, this time We'll fly from the Djurdjura mounts in the north of Algeria (a place called Kabylie) to France to get deeply into the music of one of those (almost) anonymous legends of the exodus like there are dozens in France, all workers who had to leave their village to help their famillies in hard times...


This story, like many others, is the story of Slimane Azem (born in 1918 in a farmers familly) who had to travel at 19 years old «for a few months» to the metropole (Algeria is still french at this time) and who never came back...
Bad jobs, the second world war and the urban annonymous parisian loneliness instead of his mountains his village and his familly, Slimane Azem starts to write songs around 1945.
Then, the Algerian independence war and all the troubles you can imagine for an Algerian singer living in France...


If the songs of Slimane Azems talks about his own life in what many would call «Kabyle blues», they mean a lot for his community and soon Slimane becomes the voice of all the Algerian people far from their roots, victims the times. Many 7' records where published, especially in the 60's and 70's (he even got a gold record in 1970 and was one of the best records sales of the year in France) and it's not unusual to ear about him from the french-algerian people (a young hip hop band is even called «Slimane Azem»). afew years ago a documentary came out about his life and his grave in the south of France got visits from people from all around. In the next few weeks we'll get a whole bunch of tapes from him, a great opportunity to (re)discover his work.

SLIMANE AZEM (MC803 Les Artistes Arabes Associés / Club Du Disque Arabe, tape re-edition)

TRACKLIST:
01 SALLIOU FENBI MOHAMED
02 RABBI ALMODABBAR
03 EDDOUNITH
04 GOUMAGH ADMEKTIGH
05 IDHRIMEN
06 OUKH AYIGH
07 ALLAH GHALEB
08 ATHAM GHOTTITH

10/27/2016

KTK81 SLIMANE AZEM - VOLUME II


Ladys & gentlemen...
As you probably noticed if you follow my other blog, I won't post any music there during this month.
I still have hundreds of records that I would love to share here so during the next few weeks I'll post some tapes reminding me of my childhood and the beguinning of my interest for different kinds of music when around 5 years old I discovered the maghrebian tapes stalls at the local market...
A few years ago, We had a trip in Egypt for an homage to Abdel Halim Hafez, this time We'll fly from the Djurdjura mounts in the north of Algeria (a place called Kabylie) to France to get deeply into the music of one of those (almost) anonymous legends of the exodus like there are dozens in France, all workers who had to leave their village to help their famillies in hard times...


This story, like many others, is the story of Slimane Azem (born in 1918 in a farmers familly) who had to travel at 19 years old «for a few months» to the metropole (Algeria is still french at this time) and who never came back...
Bad jobs, the second world war and the urban annonymous parisian loneliness instead of his mountains his village and his familly, Slimane Azem starts to write songs around 1945.
Then, the Algerian independence war and all the troubles you can imagine for an Algerian singer living in France..

If the songs of Slimane Azems talks about his own life in what many would call «Kabyle blues», they mean a lot for his community and soon Slimane becomes the voice of all the Algerian people far from their roots, victims the times. Many 7' records where published, especially in the 60's and 70's (he even got a gold record in 1970 and was one of the best records sales of the year in France) and it's not unusual to ear about him from the french-algerian people (a young hip hop band is even called «Slimane Azem»). afew years ago a documentary came out about his life and his grave in the south of France got visits from people from all around. In the next few weeks we'll get a whole bunch of tapes from him, a great opportunity to (re)discover his work.
SLIMANE AZEM - VOLUME II (MC532 Les Artistes Arabes Associés / Club Du Disque Arabe, tape re-edition)
TRACKLIST:
01 IYA OUIYAK AHMED
02 AMEKH AKKA
03 ELFOUL DHI BAOUEN
04 DEBZA OUDMAGH
05 EZMAN ENGHATI
06 AYAFROUKH'IFELELLES
07 ALOUAQT AGHADDAR
08 CHFIGH TSOUGH

10/20/2016

KTK80: SLIMANE AZEM (MC763)


Ladys & gentlemen...
As you probably noticed if you follow my other blog, I won't post any music there during this month.
I still have hundreds of records that I would love to share here so during the next few weeks I'll post some tapes reminding me of my childhood and the beguinning of my interest for different kinds of music when around 5 years old I discovered the maghrebian tapes stalls at the local market...
A few years ago, We had a trip in Egypt for an homage to Abdel Halim Hafez, this time We'll fly from the Djurdjura mounts in the north of Algeria (a place called Kabylie) to France to get deeply into the music of one of those (almost) anonymous legends of the exodus like there are dozens in France, all workers who had to leave their village to help their famillies in hard times...


This story, like many others, is the story of Slimane Azem (born in 1918 in a farmers familly) who had to travel at 19 years old «for a few months» to the metropole (Algeria is still french at this time) and who never came back...
Bad jobs, the second world war and the urban annonymous parisian loneliness instead of his mountains his village and his familly, Slimane Azem starts to write songs around 1945.
Then, the Algerian independence war and all the troubles you can imagine for an Algerian singer living in France..


If the songs of Slimane Azems talks about his own life in what many would call «Kabyle blues», they mean a lot for his community and soon Slimane becomes the voice of all the Algerian people far from their roots, victims the times. Many 7' records where published, especially in the 60's and 70's (he even got a gold record in 1970 and was one of the best records sales of the year in France) and it's not unusual to ear about him from the french-algerian people (a young hip hop band is even called «Slimane Azem»). afew years ago a documentary came out about his life and his grave in the south of France got visits from people from all around. In the next few weeks we'll get a whole bunch of tapes from him, a great opportunity to (re)discover his work.
About the music itself, Slimane Azem wrote and composed his songs and also played guitar, he was usually backed by all kinds of traditional folk instruments from Algeria: darbuka, mandol, mandolin, flutes, violin and backing vocals... Well, during the next few weeks you'll have plenty of time to enjoy some of the many songs Slimane Azem released, enjoy!
SLIMANE AZEM (MC763 Les Artistes Arabes Associés / Club Du Disque Arabe, tape re-edition)

TRACKLIST:
01 THAMOURTHIOU AZIZEN
02 BARKAYI TISSIT NECHRAV
03 ATTAS ISSEVRAGH (feat Bahia Farah)
04 DOUNITH AKA ITHSEDOU
05 AYOULIOU OUTHOUV

10/08/2016

PHAIRIN PHONPHIBUN (LAM PHLOEN SORN YING) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Back to Esan! I hope you enjoyed our little ramble in Laos. I could not leave Laos without a tape that sometimes plays with references from both sides of the Mekong... Well all kinds of references in this case...
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

10/06/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (INTRODUCTION) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

As this month we are in Laos, it's a great opportunity to share some early photos from Laos and Esan. More than 230 pictures from my personal archives: Everyday life in villages, people at work, at the temple and markets, and of course parties, festivals and music.
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (MUSIC: COLONIAL EXHIBITION 1931) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Today, some very crisp photos of the Laotian musicians who played in 1931 in Paris during the highly questionable colonial exhibition. It features molam and piphat ensembles and various kinds of traditional instruments.


 

10/05/2016

10/04/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Today, some photos of the royal dance troupe of Luang Prabang performing traditional dances and masked khon: Phra Lak Phra Ram (the Laotian version of the Ramayana).
read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

10/03/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Today, some photos of some of the most important events celebrated in Esan and Laos. Of course, most of those festivities are related to buddhism.
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

10/02/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (BUDDHISM) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Buddhism takes an important place in the life of the people of Laos and Esan where Theravada Buddhism is practiced by a large majority of the population.
 

9/30/2016

9/29/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (LIFE ON THE MEKONG) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

The Mekong is the natural frontier between Esan and Laos. Nowadays, the Mekong is still  used for it's fishing resources, transportation and also for the trade of goods as an easy way for border crossing...R ead it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/25/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (WORKING: RICE FARMING) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

In Esan and Laos the production of rice is one of the main farming occupation...
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/24/2016

SOMMUK MO LAM NOY (KHAP LAM PHUN MUANG LAO) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Today, we continue our little molam trip in Laos with another great tape from PK promotion...
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (WORKING: WEAVING) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Weaving used to be a  major activity in Laos and Esan, producing cotton and silk fabric used mostly by locals.
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/23/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (MUSIC: MO LAM AND MO KHAEN) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Molam takes an important place in everyday life in Laos and Esan, it's performed during religious ceremonies and festivals as well as entertainment and during every important events of the life...
read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/21/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (VILLAGES AND HOUSES) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Today, various kinds of traditional houses in rural areas. Not much to add as those pictures talk by themselves....

9/20/2016

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS (INTRODUCTION) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

As this month we are in Laos, it's a great opportunity to share some early photos from Laos and Esan. During the next 3 weeks, I'll post around 150 photos from my personal archives...
Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/18/2016

MOLAM FROM ESAN AND LAOS: MUSIC SHOPPING IN BANGKOK on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

If you plan to visit Thailand but not Laos, there is one shop selling both Esan and Laotian CD's at a convenient place in Bangok... Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/16/2016

9/14/2016

THINGS ARE GETTING OUT OF CONTROL... on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Molam is getting viral and it seems like the LATSAMI PHOUDINDONG tape posted here a few days ago is now all the rage in USA... 

9/08/2016

MUSIC SHOPPING: MOLAM RECORDS PRODUCED OUT OF SOUTH EAST ASIA on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

After giving you a few options to buy Esan music at a decent price and in a respectful way, both in Bangkok and online, today I made a short selection of 10 records produced out of Thailand by serious people... Read it on: saobaoesan.blogspot.com

9/03/2016

CHABAPRAI NAMWAI & SAWAYNOI NOKKAOKHAN (KOULOU NANGHOUA) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Following the gorgeous lam phloen tape from last week, let's listen to something very different performed by miss Chabaprai Namwai. Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com.

8/29/2016

CHABAPRAI NAMWAI (LAM PHLOEN KLON KAE KLON) on saobaoesan.blogspot.com

Today we are in the province of Kalasin with one of the molam superstars of the 70's, miss CHABAPRAI NAMWAI. read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com
CHABAPRAI NAMWAI ชบาไพร นามไว
 

8/18/2016

KHWANTA FASAWANG (BAK SONG SAW SEOW) on saobao Esan

Today, we are in Sisaket, the birth place of  Khwanta Fasawang, one of the early practionner of lam phaen... Read it on saobaoesan.blogspot.com