Chief Fasco Dagama & His Super Performers (Nigeria/1979)


Chief Fasco Dagama may be from Nigeria or Benin his juju music album edited on Beninese Albarika Store label remains excellent. Gangan or talking-drum lovers will be delighted.
I think comment from Reservatory resumes perfectly this album:

"This one's still on rotation. I hear bits of Alhadji Haruna Ishola and gamelan in the rhythm, but the guitars really take it somewhere else. Polytonality, microtonality or faulty tuning, I can't get enough whatever it is. And does his name reference Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama? Thanks again for this treasure."


Chief Fasco Dagama peut être Nigerian ou Béninois, son album de Juju music édité sur le label Béninois Albarika Store reste excellent. Les amateurs de tambour Gangan ou "talking drum" seront enchantés.
Je pense que ce commentaire de Resevatory résume parfaitement cet album:

"This one's still on rotation. I hear bits of Alhadji Haruna Ishola and gamelan in the rhythm, but the guitars really take it somewhere else. Polytonality, microtonality or faulty tuning, I can't get enough whatever it is. And does his name reference Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama? Thanks again for this treasure."



6 comments:

Rhythm Connection said...

Love it, Oro. Thanks (!!) for the gold!

reservatory said...

Very cool! THANKS!

reservatory said...

This one's still on rotation. I hear bits of Alhadji Haruna Ishola and gamelan in the rhythm, but the guitars really take it somewhere else. Polytonality, microtonality or faulty tuning, I can't get enough whatever it is. And does his name reference Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama? Thanks again for this treasure.

oro said...

Hello, Reservatory.
Your comment is totally right. I never heard juju music like this "Vasco de Gama"'s one. I suppose that he is coming from Badagry, Nigeria.

Paco's brother said...

A singing and a rhythm carried as it was so simple!
Thank you

ayo dele said...

Fasco da Gama is indeed Nigerian. His style of music is known as Bolojo. Bolojo came from the Yewa/Egbado/ people of the fishing communities of Lagos and Ogun state. Bolojo initially was a very sparse indigenous Yoruba music but later on, musicians like Fasco da Gama and King Jossy Friday added guitars and other instruments to the mix and created something pretty spectacular. A former governor of Lagos state tried banning Bolojo music because he had been mentioned in one of the songs and felt disrespected. Crazy