January 2, 2016

F. Kenya – The power House
Essiebons Enterprises Ltd. 1975

F.Kenya, voorkant

Het is zo’n zes weken geleden dat ik na veertig jaar hasj roken
de pijp in de wilgen heb gehangen. Nooit gedacht dat dat zo’n
impact op me zou hebben. Stemmingswisselingen zorgen af en
toe voor buien van onzekerheid en vreemde gemoedstoestanden.
Ik luister niet naar de zelfde muziek, eerst dronk ik koffie en nu vaker
thee zal ik maar zeggen. De tropische klanken die je van me gewend
bent blijven nog wel doorkomen hoor maar ik zal ook wat vaker ander
soortige muziek gaan plaatsen. Vandaag daarentegen gewoon nog wat
lekkere highlife, dat blijft heerlijk. Een andere vreemde bijkomstigheid is
dat ik mijn engels niet meer te pruimen vind. Nederlands is nu eenmaal
m’n moerstaal en daarin uit ik me toch het lekkerst. Aangezien het de
wereld toch geen ene moer uitmaakt wat ik schrijf kan ik het engels
dus net zo goed even vergeten. Als je het wilt vertalen laat je
google-translate er gewoon op los, ben eigenlijk wel benieuwd
wat dat voor bizarre teksten in andere talen zal opleveren.
Geen idee hoeveel Nederlandse bezoekers hier komen,
de 1065 per maand die WP-analytics aangeeft zouden
kunnen kloppen maar misschien ook wel niet. Hoe dan
ook, ik ga het ‘ns een tijdje zo doen. Het is tenslotte
de muziek waar het om draait en dat blijft gewoon
werken zoals je gewend bent. Voor nu dus een
schijfje Ghanese vinyl hoewel ook Ivoorkust
er iets mee te maken schijnt te hebben.
Als je weet wat mag je het vertellen
maar dat hoeft niet. Geluk met
F.Kenya en de Power House.
Jengelt lekker voort hoor.
Groetjes van Moos.

wat lucht dat op !

This is written in Dutch,
curious ? Use Google
translate and find out.


01 – Medze la beva me zo
02 – Mmanya bie mmamma
03 – Omo hole yeamma
04 – Me mia
05 – Nyamenle aze a
06 – Daadi kyi
07 – Ewielee
08 – Ahunyani amma mmando be
09 – Abusua mo
10 – Enwea ye enloboe
11 – Me nee wo luale la enye
12 – Ewule kui


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  1. juanito 2 January 2016 at 22:41 - Reply

    doe je goed Moos!!!! ik hoop ook echt dat het je goed DOET.. tzal wel effe anders zijn.. lucide dromen bijvoorbeeld… ook leuk.. ;-]

    • Moos 2 January 2016 at 22:52 - Reply

      oef, dat kun je wel zeggen ja..maar alles went
      en het zal wel minder worden..haha, dank je man..

  2. Thomas 2 January 2016 at 23:46 - Reply

    Hallo Moos!
    Dutch is a language? I always was made to believe it is a bad throat-disease.
    This is Highlife as I like it, thank you for your monofonic version, the same album but
    in stereo and in better quality can still be downloaded at Osibisaba.
    Moos, I like your blog but I don’t like re-issues of available records.
    All the best for 2016

    • Moos 3 January 2016 at 00:20 - Reply

      I didn’t know Thomas, and if osibisa is a blog like this one, what’s the difference..
      sometimes osibisa beats me in being the first to post an album and sometimes it’s the other way around.
      it doesn’t matter to me..
      ..oh and about that throat-disease, I love my very special language and am proud of it, did you know it was a matter of milimeters or even the usa would have spoken Dutch..check your history books..
      thanks and have a great year yourself..

  3. Bob 3 January 2016 at 01:19 - Reply

    Beste Moos,
    Ik “volg” je site nu al jaren en geniet elke zaterdagochtend van de geweldige muziek die je deelt.
    De Engelse teksten waren uitstekend te pruimen, maar ben nieuwsgierig waarmee je mij tekstueel gaat verrassen. Wens je sterkte bij de uitvoering van je wijze besluit ! Tot slot dank voor de jarenlange muziekplezier op zaterdagochtend, vanaf nu met een Nederlandstalige toelichting, ben benieuwd !
    Groet ,Bob

  4. Thomas 3 January 2016 at 02:02 - Reply

    Hello Moos!
    Osibisaba stopped posting 2012.
    What is meaningless to you may not be meaningless to others. Once upon a time there were many posting african music. Most of them stopped and I am sure that formerly wellknown blogs as example Likembe are closed for good but still I hope others may re-start but the kind you handle matters may discourage them, you ignore too much.
    I know the ‘Muehlenberg-Legende’, it’s nothing than a fairy-tale, no election in concern of the language was ever held!!!
    How can you be proud of your country. There is Holland + Utrecht suppressing the other provinces. Are you proud because of Meppel, Urk etc or the god-sent fowl pest or how your people destroyed the country because to selfish settlement. In less than 30 years most of your country will be part of the North Sea, latest then your people have to learn a civilized language. Yours’ is a dialect of old german however the german language has developed only your people didn’t recognize it.

    Moos, I know your country and it’s questionable history much better than you know my homeland. For decades I was engaged in shipping and was a regular ‘guest’ who brought work and money (this carried me also to Asia and Africa). I had some very good friends there who told me what it means if it is said, he is too much dutch. When google started with the head-line ‘don’t be evil’, your country and people should have had become excluded from the begining.

    About 20 years ago, your Rijks-Gericht ruled, klootzak is no more an insult because it became part of your common language, if you like …

    By the way, in less than 20 minutes going by car, I will reach Africa, crossing the border to Limbabwe!

    Good night/ Thomas

    • Moos 3 January 2016 at 03:03 - Reply

      wow..haha, wel done Thomas..

    • dial africa 17 January 2016 at 16:03 - Reply

      A blogger with African music myself I may say that it’s sometimes much too much work and at a point it may get too expensive when you have a family; or when you finish to share your old collection and when you have to search for new old material. Moos is the greatest among us. And I wish him for the next years enough time and money to continue. Thank you, Moos.

      Happy new year to all here!

  5. glinka21 3 January 2016 at 02:26 - Reply

    I haven’t spoken Dutch in over 40 years, since I was an exchange student in Amsterdam, living in Amstelveen with a local family. A sweeter language than German, though for some reason, Google Translate has more problems with Dutch than German establishing verb positions.

    Love the music, in any case!

    • Moos 3 January 2016 at 03:04 - Reply

      I can imagine, thanks Glinka..

  6. Rico 3 January 2016 at 06:05 - Reply

    Do we, african music lovers, really need this arguing about language an nationality ?
    I leave in France, which has (or had ?) the reputation to be the motherland of human rights, and where the extreme-right party is getting stronger and stronger. Do I have to remind what is their ideology, about saving the french culture and throwing the migrants away, specially those coming from africa.
    A few years ago, when there was this stupid debate about french identity, one of the National Front leaders said “one has the right to prefer Mozart to tam-tam”. This shows how ignorant these people can be about other people’s culture.
    I am very grateful to Moos, and all the other bloggers who, for years, have spent so much time for free, giving me the possibility to discover, for free, so much of the african musical heritage. This is far more important than the rest…

  7. Rico 3 January 2016 at 06:07 - Reply

    Oops little mistake with my english : I “live” in France, and not yet ready to leave it !

  8. Thomas 3 January 2016 at 12:06 - Reply

    Hello Rico
    I won’t appologize because I wasn’t wrong however I confess to decide for myself of being quiet would had been the better solution.
    I never had in mind to insult anybody especially never Moos and I was never in opposition to the dutch but they are something very special.
    Your are living in France which has the reputation to be the motherland of human rights. What is true in this sentence? You are living in France, everthing else is bull-shit. Since the death or Charles l’Allemagne the French (also part of a German tribe with it’s capital Nürnberg) were the trouble makers of Europe who liked to
    fight their wars on foreign territories.
    For education I haven’t been sent to nursery garden, of course I know about Marie-Joseph Motier (Marquis de La Fayette) and his engagement but he was a sole exception. What did the people learned from him? I fear nothing as the ideas of family le Pen are becoming common sence now!
    Ask Moos to post some fine african music and use the time of listening to read much about the french history. There will be much more you’ll learn but an example of today and one of the very near past, you will get to know the french engagement in Mali is fit for nothing in concern of the Malian nation but is meant to secure the frenchinterests in the resources of Mali only and beside Guinee (ruled by a killer) none of the former french colonies South Sahare gained ‘correct’ indepence, they remained under french controll and surpression and their rulers were removed as soon as they did not decide in favour of France.
    >Charles de Gaulle: “Vive la France” (after he ran away from his own people seeking shelter with the french troops in Germany<.
    All the best for 2016 / Thomas

  9. Mickey 3 January 2016 at 12:20 - Reply

    Gozert het blijf altijd lachen met die rare stuff lekker uit stuffen.
    De wiet is ook klote nix geen Nederkriewiet daar wordt je zo raar van als een



  10. Calumbinho 3 January 2016 at 19:47 - Reply

    Thanks so much for keeping up this wonderful blog, Moos! You can write in Dutch, Basque, Yoruba, Arabic or Gilbertese – I’ll keep coming back for the music in any case. But I do admit that I’m curious about what happened exactly with the hash pipe, and in general I will miss your comments, which I usually enjoy because of their honesty and complete lack of snobbery. Gelukkig 2016 !! (if it’s the wrong expression, blame it on Google Translator :)

    • Moos 3 January 2016 at 21:05 - Reply

      it is the correct term Calumbinho, thank you.
      oh and eh you could use the same translator to see what I wrote.. ;-)

  11. Thom 4 January 2016 at 02:17 - Reply

    Hey Moos,
    A great big Happy New Year to you from up here in Scotland, on the other side of the North Sea. May I just send you a huge “thank-you” for all the fascinating music you post and make available to me!

    Seems like the replies here have wandered off into a different area.

    A good friend of mine – who spent a lot of time in school in Dundee, (on the border of the North Sea) – went over to Holland to do the bulbs one year. I think it was 1981. He found that although he could not speak any Dutch, he could understand much of what his Dutch co-workers were saying because it sounded like and shared very similar vocabulary with the strongest Dundonian accent and language. The more they spoke in dialect, the more he could understand.

    There is (or was) a common vernacular around the North Sea, it seems. Although the language spoken is not necessarily the language that teachers and those in power would like us to speak.

    So maybe you and I speak different languages, but I am sure that we both speak with a true heart of our love of great music.

    All power to you and long live the music we both love!


  12. kwabena boakye 4 January 2016 at 02:26 - Reply

    thank you Moos…. allow me to also write the little dutch i learnt when i visited bijlmer in 2007 …. bedankt or dank je vel for all the wonderful music you post

  13. esibo 4 January 2016 at 02:51 - Reply

    Thomas, you are spot on with regards to French policy in Francophone Africa. France has Reunion Island tied up so badly it is now regarded as a French Department. Every so-called super power continues with this colonization traits. However, this is not a political blog. It is music and please, leave it as that. Politics is inflammable and for all the good work Moos is doing, he does not need this headache, neither do the readers. He can crow about his language and that is his right as a human being. Whatever language you speak or country you are from, you can glorify that language or country.

    Every country in the world has a dark past. No country is exempt, even the Vatican. Don’t dwell on a few.

  14. Moos 4 January 2016 at 08:15 - Reply may have started off a bit ugly at first but I must say I love all the fun reactions you leave us here guys. I woke up with a big smile again today..thank you for supporting and stay tuned..

  15. Job 4 January 2016 at 12:28 - Reply

    Bedankt Moos voor de geweldige muziek die je post, ik volg je blog al lang maar ben echter niet het persoon die comments stuurt. Bij deze een bedankje en een signaal val leven. mijn muzikale smaak en fantasie is mede door jou zeer verbreed! VEEL LIEFDE

  16. Christophe 5 January 2016 at 14:31 - Reply

    Un grand merci Moos pour cette formidable collection de trésors qui nous permet de pénétrer toujours plus dans ce qui vaut mieux que tous les mots politiques du monde ou même ! de France : la musique.
    Like Calumbinho I was asking myself about your choice not to write in english anymore ? Your commentaries are often interesting and for me same feeling about the tonality.
    Happy new year for all.

  17. richard 5 January 2016 at 23:48 - Reply

    Hartelijk bedankt, Moos, for your blog and your forebearance! I speak very little Dutch (none, unless you count “Een kaffie, a.u.b”), but I am always happy to read it. Happy New Year from the heart of the Great Satan, and many happy returns!

  18. Steven 14 January 2016 at 23:10 - Reply

    Ook Belgen komen hier graag op bezoek. Bedankt voor al die fijne muziek!

  19. Naz 19 January 2016 at 13:53 - Reply

    Gelieve blijven roken wat het ook is dat je gebruikt om te roken. Nu bent u messed up.

    • Moos 19 January 2016 at 23:51 - Reply

      ..écht niet..
      na 40 jaar roken is het genoeg geweest..

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