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"Là-bas c'est naturel Là-bas au Kenya"--"Là‑bas c’est naturel" by Serge Gainsbourg

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Percussions is an album of previously recorded singles by Serge Gainsbourg released in 1964.

The album featured Babatunde Olatunji's drum-heavy tunes "Kiyakiya (Why Do You Run Away?)", "Akiwowo (Chant to the Trainman)" and "Jin-go-lo-ba" which are featured on Olatunji's acclaimed Drums of Passion LP (1959). They appeared -- uncredited -- with new French lyrics but otherwise identical in rhythm, melody and overall sound, as "Joanna", "New York – U.S.A." and "Marabout", respectively.

The song "Pauvre Lola" was an equally uncredited cover of "Umqokozo (Children's Game Song About A New Red Dress)", a composition by Miriam Makeba.

In later years Babatunde Olatunji was credited but as of 2018, Makeba never was.



French Wikipedia article

Gainsbourg Percussions est le sixième album studio de Serge Gainsbourg.

L’art abstrait a fait éclater la peinture : quand en musique on fait éclater les formes, il ne reste que les percussions, au désavantage de l’harmonie. […] Pour réaliser ce disque, j’ai emprunté des rythmes africains et si je les utilise de manière abondante, ce n’est pas une concession à notre époque. Il faut une forme qui lui corresponde et le rythme la caractérise.



45 tours extraits de l'album

  • 1964 : EP Philips Couleur café (Joanna / Tatoué Jérémie / Couleur café / New York USA)
  • 1965 : S Philips Machins choses (Machins choses / Couleur café)
  • 1965 : S Philips Joanna (Joanna / Pauvre Lola)

Autour de l’album

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