Hello! Whoops, I forgot to blog again. But anyway, sometimes people leave comments on really old posts and, puzzled, I go ahead and publish them (comments on posts over a certain age have to be "approved"), knowing that hardly anybody will ever see them.
But this morning I was thrilled to see a comment on one of my old audioblog entries, the mysterious and wonderful "Congo Percussion" album, by a sadly anonymous informer who really seems to know a lot about the history of these beautiful recordings:
The whole thing seems to stem from a release on the short-lived RKO/Unique label: "Jungle Beat" by Subri Moulin and the Equatorial Rhythm Group. It had nothing to do with Chaino or Kirby Allen. RKO's LP line went under very quickly, and the recording was absorbed by Tops/Mayfair. Eventually it found its way to Pirouette etc.
The ping-pong percussion intros are not part of the original sessions; they were added on somewhere along the line. Just like the tracks were first given different spellings, then renamed completely, as the tapes passed from one supermarket label to another. Some labels have the version with the intros, others do not.
Very interesting! I always suspected that the intros were tacked-on (the rubber duckie noises and slide whistle were kind of a tip-off), but that the music was otherwise "authentic," whatever that really means. I've always been baffled by this record, and this information really clears it up. So it probably really is from the Congo! Or Cameroon! Or nearby! Neat!
So thank you, anonymous commenter, for making my morning (you and the creator of the "Bono Tracker"). If you haven't listened to this music yet, go ahead and do so; it will make your morning, too.