Category: 1950s

9th March 2019: Marehemu George Mukabi – Bibi Mama Ngani Mzuri

Artist: Marehemu George MukabiTitle: Bibi Mama Ngani Mzuri Language: Swahili Translation: What a beautiful mother she is This fabulous Kenyan track is originally from George Mukabi’s album ‘Sengula Nakupenda’, which was recorded in 1956. This version here is from a 2007 compilation called ‘Lipa Kodi Ya City Council’ (which is named after one of the tracks on the album by...

16th January 2019: Maria Koterbska – Posłuchaj, oto cza-cza-cza

Artist: Maria Koterbska Title: Posłuchaj, oto cza-cza-cza Language: Polish Translation: Not exactly sure – I think it translates as ‘Listen, here is the cha-cha-cha’. I enjoy listening to songs that have a particular musical origin, but which are then sung in a different language. The dance, cha-cha, is originally Cuban, and hearing a song about it sung in Polish is rather...

Day 15: Musical Advent Calendar 2018

Artist: 周聰 呂紅 (Zhou Cong & Lu Hong) Title: 聖誕歌聲 Language: Chinese (Cantonese) Translation: Translates as ‘Christmas Song’, and is a version of ‘Jingle Bells’. Cantonese word for Christmas: 圣诞 (Pinyin: Shèngdàn) One of the loveliest versions of’Jingle Bells’ I have ever heard! I believe this is from the late 1950s, but cannot be absolutely sure. While this is not...

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