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V.A. - Hawaii Authentic: The Pre-War Era Volume 1 (1925-1936)
V.A.
Hawaii Authentic: The Pre-War Era Volume 1 (1925-1936)
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Asherah)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Hawai'ian music is oft relegated to the confinements of Exotica, Easy Listening, or background "vacation music" for cultural tourists throwing a themed party with tropical drinks. In reality, the archipelago's recorded legacy is as rich, dense and emotionally complex as any other nation with developed musical sensibility.
Roaring Lion - Cairi Calypso: 1930 - 1939
Roaring Lion
Cairi Calypso: 1930 - 1939
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Asherah)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Roaring Lion was born Rafael Arius Cairi Llama Deleon on February 22, 1908 in Aroquita, Trinidad, an area in the northern hills of the island country. "Cairi," where this compilation gets its title, was another name for Trinidad in the indigenous tongue of the island. Lion, a Caribbean Creole, spent much of his early life in orphanages before being adopted by Muslim Indian parents from the migrant working class in San Fernando. This unusual upbringing and displacement greatly influenced his compositions and performances, which subsequently influenced Calypso music as a whole since Lion became such a looming figure in its popular development.Inspired by early, mostly unrecorded practitioners like King Fando and Lionel Belasco, Lion started writing and performing his own music and adaptations in the 1920’s. As a composer, Lion stood out ahead of the pack with his lyrical wit and a rare ability to sight-read and draft music to paper. By helping to create the “War”-style of Calypso in which two performers would “battle” each other lyrically between 78rpm releases, his influence persevered into similar battles in Reggae and Hip Hop cultures decades later.By the 1930’s, the period from which this music is culled, Lion became one of the first Calypso musicians to record and perform in the United States. Despite his humble beginnings, Roaring Lion’s fame grew with each passing year, and he became a figurehead of Calypso as its popularity grew in the U.S. and Europe. These early recordings are a glimpse of the Lion coming into his own, showing all the swagger and bravado of a young man ready to become an international star, while also expressing the realities of working class life from the Trinidad of his youth.
Lee Morse - Sweeping The Cobwebs: Selected Recordings 1924 - 1930
Lee Morse
Sweeping The Cobwebs: Selected Recordings 1924 - 1930
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Asherah)
18,74 €* 24,99 € -25%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Lee Morse (born Lena Corinne Taylor on Nov. 30., 1897 in Cove, Oregon) is perhaps best remembered as a torch singer and performer on the jazz and bluegrass circuits of the Pre-War era. However, what is not yet reckoned with is that she was one of the earliest female singer/ songwriters to ever be recorded in the United States. Morse learned to sing and play guitar from her older brothers, both of whom played in the bluegrass style, at a very young age touring in the Portland-Seattle area with their preacher father. This is how she developed her distinctive low-register voice as she tried to impersonate them, something that when coupled with her very small frame made her a successful performing musician on the vaudeville circuit and in silent film. This also lead to a rather large recording catalog, both credited as a solo artist and with band "Her Bluegrass Boys."Despite this success, early critics dismissed her "coos" and "yelps" in her singing style as being gimmicky even though they'd become standard uses of expression in jazz vocalizing throughout the 30's, 40's and 50's -- a style she helped invent and develop. In an era that did not see anything particularly special about a singer who also wrote music outside of the burgeoning folk/ blues movement, Morse's substantial portfolio of well-written and thoughtful songs from this period (mostly with no co-writer) have often been neglected. Lee's performing career waned in the years before WWII, and she died without much fanfare in 1954 at the age of 57. While not focused on her most popular recordings, the purpose of this collection is to instead position Lee Morse in her rightful place as a musical pioneer for both American music and gender equality in the music community.
V.A. - Hawaii Authentic: The Pre-War Era Volume 2 (1927 - 1936)
V.A.
Hawaii Authentic: The Pre-War Era Volume 2 (1927 - 1936)
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Asherah)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Welcome back for the next installment of early Hawai'ian Music recordings. For this volume, the label decided to branch outwards and allow more continental recordings as well as English sung lyrics. On this volume, you will find Hawai'ian soloist playing in more conventional Jazz idioms as well as Hawai'ian vocalists working with American / European bands. This part of the series is mean to show the seamless integration of the native Folk music of the islands deeper into the cultural exchange of American music genres. Bandleader and instrumentalists such as Sol Hoopi, featured here in a way to accurately represent his robust influence, became very popular and in-demand the world over. Of course, as if often the case, this sound eventually became gentrified and diluted as the original mélange of traditional Hawai'ian folk, Hapa Haole and Jazz was tempered to fit more commercial standards. Still, the sound of authentic Hawai'ian music returned to the islands where traditional artists such as slack-key genius Gabby Pahinui and traditional songstress Genoa Keawe kept the spirit of true Hawai'ian music alive after the Post-War era to this day. While efforts were made in the mastering process to attain the highest possible audio quality, the limitations of the source 78s are evident. Do not, however, let that disturb your listening enjoyment or regard for their historical significance.
Kumasi Trio - Fanti Guitar In West Africa 1928 Volume 1
Kumasi Trio
Fanti Guitar In West Africa 1928 Volume 1
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Asherah)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
These rare recordings are some of the first ever featuring traditional African music played on western instruments. This cultural exchange led to completely new genres in music, most importantly, Highlife. Kumasi is a Gold Coast city in Ghana, West Africa, that, at the time, did not feature much more than an open air market and one of the first British department stores in the continent. The Trio is made up on H.E. Biney on guitar, Kwah Kanta on percussion, and Jacob Sam on guitar, with all three contributing on vocals. The trio was brought to London to record these tracks in the Summer of 1928.
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