Release Date: 08 December 2017
Format: LP Vinyl
|HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS 1974- 1975 Self Titled Limited 180gram Vinyl LP
Brand new release on the Analog Africa label. 180g LP w/ 8 Page booklet
This release constitues 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 Cameroon’;s forgotten geniuses.
Unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’;t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’;s Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And Although Kalkaba’;s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’;d 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 Yaoundé in 2016, provided us with photographs, lyric sheets and notes. During the interview Kalkaba explained how the songs recorded in the mid 1970s were part of a movement, a movement initiated by musicians from all around Cameroon who, with the help of keyboards, drum kits and electric guitars, had started to modernize the traditional rhythms of their regions. For Kalkaba it was no different and backed by his band the Golden Sounds, devoted himself to the promotion of the sounds of northern Cameroon. One of the aims of Analog Africa is to showcase the colorful diversity of styles that exist in Africa and its diaspora and today we are very proud to be able to give these Gandjal tunes their first worldwide release.
*German Record Critics’; Prize 2011 Winner - "Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound of Luanda 1968-1976" * “;Bambara Mystic Soul”; - 2011 Nominee –; Compilation of the Year *Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award 2011 Nominee - Label of the Year *Red Dot Designer Award 2008 Winner - "African Scream Contest *European Design "Silver" Award 2010 Winner - "Legends of Benin"
1. Astadjam Dada Sara 3:40
2. Touflé 4:24
3. Fouh Sei Allah 4:48
4. Lamido 5:34
5. Gandjal Kessoum 5:14
6. Tchakoulaté 3:56