Sierra Leone Music
West African Gramophone Records
Recorded in the 50’s and Early 60’s
Zensor 1988



It is a collector from 1988, it contains a range of songs in
various styles and by various artists from Sierra Leone.
Some of the recordings sound very dusty but that’s just
the way they are. Track #9 concerns a church song, not
my cup of tea but I left it. After that it’s mainly field recor-
dings. I’ll be honest, for me it’s only about track one
to eight and fourteen..

Het is een verzamel album uit 1988, hij bevat een keur aan
nummers in verschillende stijlen en door verschillende artiesten
uit Sierra Leone. Sommige opnamen klinken stoffig maar dat is
helaas niet anders. Track #9 betreft een kerkliedje, niet aan mij
beteed maar vooruit dan maar. Daarna vinden we voornamelijk
‘field’ opnamen. Ik zeg het je eerlijk, voor mij gaat het slechts
om nummer één t/m acht en veertien..

tracks ;

01 – The Freetown Darkies – Jiving marie calypso
02 – Calender and his Maringar Band – Double decker buses
03 – Tejan-Sie & the Sierra Leone Police Dance Band – Welcome to the queen
04 – Ali Ganda Carnival Star Orchestra – Freedom, freedom sierra leone
05 – Frank Caulker and the Nugatone Band – Baby a tire with you
06 – Cherry and his Maringa Band – Sophaya my loving girl
07 – Freetown’s Leading Sextet – Stay carolina stay
08 – Famous Scrubbs and his Band – Mountain cut by havelock street
09 – Ebenezer Church Choir Freetown – Welcome happy morning
10 – Salia Koroma & his Accordion – Ganene bimbe
11 – Tity Kamara and her Bondo Drumma – Orbutie or geerana
12 – Kamara, Koleya and Chorus – Yengema
13 – Lokko Tribal Union – Ni ao goh yah
14 – Sokhona Kouyate and Guitar Accompaniment – Tara abdulai
15 – Hachimo Jalloh and his Guitar – Yaria
16 – Sankoh and his Kono Boys – Yaa tomboe
17 – James Fayia & Chorus – Epeya
18 – Jeli Bokary and his Wife – Niania


S.E. Rogie – The new Sounds of S.E. Rogie
Workers Playtime 1991


tracks ;

01 – Recipe for true and lasting happiness
02 – Nyalongoh abiay, I love you
03 – The green pumkin
04 – Njafei, beware of talebearers
05 – Salonbla amoo goyia gbateh
06 – Fire fire, tribute to Ebeneza Calenda
07 – No place like home
08 – Do something now
09 – Gewoh salonemehum gbay
10 – Recipe for true and lasting happiness 2


Sami Kamara and his Black Diamonds – Songs and Rhythms from Sierra Leone, Afro Request

Sami Kamara, front

Sierra Leone is a country of many languages, part from Creole,
wich is spoken in the capital Freetown and is based on ‘Pidgin
English’, there are also ‘Mende’ and ‘Timini’.
On this album by the Black Diamonds we hear all those languages.
Bandleader Sami Kamara claims that he invented the band’s name
when he thought he tripped over a rock that appeared to be a
Diamond. Great coverpicture, the ladies are singers and drummers
in the group. And how about Sami with his kazoo.


1 Enjo ma
2 Tete
3 Omea kweke kawumbu
4 E hallah wye
5 Oda
6 Pom pom lolo
7 Kisiyade
8 Egun dide
9 Objetebe
10 Yu too wowo
11 Nadeo
12 Mina stranger