May 15, 2016

The Wonderful Konadu’s Band – Sidweso Special

Alex Konadu, voorkant

Alex Konadu, achterkant detail

Als ik goed geteld heb alweer de tiende Alex Konadu die
we hebben. Ik versta niets van de tekst natuurlijk maar
afgaande op de foto achterop de hoes moet dit een zeer
geestig en tegelijk treurig album zijn. Als je goed kijkt zie
je Alex een vrouw uit de auto helpen, ze zijn wezen shoppen
lijkt het. Hij zegt onder de foto; “Ik laat je zeker vallen als
je me zo slecht blijft behandelen.” lollig toch..

If I counted correctly this must be the 10th album by Alex
Konadu we have here. I do not understand the lyrics but
looking at the picture on the back I conclude this must be
a very funny and sad record the same time. If you look good
you can see Alex helping a woman getting out of his car. It
looks like they have been shopping. The line underneath it
says; “I will drop you definitely if you continue to treat me
in this wicked way.” Amusing don’t you think..?


01 – Driver nye (medley)
02 – Yere gu nsa
03 – Si dweso
04 – Asem adibone
05 – Don’t mind the body
06 – Yede wo
07 – Asaase asa


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  1. Erik Borgh 15 May 2016 at 13:31 - Reply

    Great post Moos!! Thanks!

  2. kwabena boakye 15 May 2016 at 15:35 - Reply

    great album by alex konadu… he has an album called “okafo didi” which has a similar front cover… the picture described by moos relates to track 03 tittled “si dweso” which tells the story of a nagging wife which he eventually had to make a journey without her even though the journey was originally planned for them to go see the beach together in Accra… Track 05 “dont mind the body” is also one of my favorites on this album… Alex has a wonderful way of using stories to address everyday life issues and of course Maringue is on Bass guitar so this is definitely a must-have…. thanks moos

    • esibo 18 May 2016 at 16:50 - Reply

      That’s some wonderful insight. Thanks

  3. kwabena boakye 15 May 2016 at 16:18 - Reply

    …looks like its Kojo Amoa on Bass, i wonder if that may be his real name… i also noticed the Asaase Asa on this album is not the Asaase Asa track that Alex Konadu is known for… perhaps a part two to the original story or vice versa… well thats the thing about these vintage albums… always some mystery… the more you find out, the less you know

    • Moos 16 May 2016 at 07:09 - Reply

      We now have three versions of Asaase Asa, the first from the album called Asaase Asa, I guess the one you refer to which is 3 min 40.
      Then we have a long version, 7 min 27 from the album Pay Day which is the same song but in a different version.
      And finally the one we have on Sidweso Special of 4 min 45 which is a complete different song..

  4. glinka21 16 May 2016 at 04:42 - Reply

    And again, thank you, Moos, for the great music, and thanks to the commentators, who display so much knowledge. A shame all this great history isn’t written down (and The World of African Music was just a decent start).

  5. David 25 May 2016 at 06:05 - Reply

    looking forward to hearing this. Love Konadu’s highlife.

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