• hamad kalkaba & the golden sounds Hamad Kalkaba & the Golden Sounds 1974-1975 (180g vinyl LP, £20.75)

    label: Analog Africa

    This release constitutes 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 bean enthusiastically 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. 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 modernise 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 colourful 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. Tracks: Astadjam Dada Sara / Toufl 4:24 / Fouh Sei Allah 4:48 / Lamido 5:34 / Gandjal Kessoum 5:14 / Tchakoulat 3:56

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