A Cosmopolitan Night With Silva Bera and Her Rumbadores

Todays post features one of the most charming and unusually good lounge records found in South Africa on my last safari during the past few months

I am happy to add this rare album to my ever-growing collection of music for restaurant, nightclubs and lounges

The album “A Cosmopolitan Night With Silva Bera and Her Rumbadores” was recorded live in the mid 60s at the Lourenco Marques Restaurant  in Johannesburg, while the cover photo was taken at another restaurant/club The Casino in Johannesburg

The repertoire represents that cosmopolitan sound that was ever so popular in the 60s in the nightlife and restaurants where the South African well-heeled big city dwellers came to dance and romance;  Cha Cha, Tango, Baion, Rumba and Mediterrean popular music. All arranged and played by a South African female bandleader and singer accompanied by The Rumbadores and choral group The Mellotones…

A very well know group working in the same style and sound as Silva Bera were The Chakachas, a Belgian based group of Latin soul and Afro Cuban studio musicians, founded in 1958 by bandleader Gaston Bogaert.

See also my previous posts

Last night at the Carlton, Johannesburg with Renatino di Napoli

Last Night At The Mikado –Q&A with singer Viviana…Part One 

Last Night At The Mikado –Q&A with singer Viviana…Part Two

A Cosmopolitan Night With Silva Bera and Her Rumbadores

Silva Bera was born in Istanbul. Her father is a Turk, her mother is Greek and her grandmother is Italian. At the age of five she started playing the piano, singing and composition at the Conservatoire of Athens for twelve year. It was there that she learnt her unique microphone technique and stage presentation. Apart from Miss Bera’s remarkable musical ability she speaks Turkish, Greek, French, Italian and English fluently and sings in many other languages like Hebrew, Portuguese and Spanish.

She came to South Africa as a young singer and has performed in most of the best Johannesburg restaurants, where she has thrilled her audiences with her husky voice and Continental charm. She is accompanied by Her Rumbadores and  she is probably the only woman bandleader in the country and although she finds this difficult, she will never lose courage, as she hopes to make her contribution to music in South Africa.

She has become known as the Catherina Valente of South Africa and although she is very proud of this status, she prefers to be known by her own style. South African musicians like Dan Hill and many others have helped and inspired to success and she is most grateful tot hem.  

Silva Bera’s versatility and vibrant personality are predominant on this variety packed album.

see also my previous post on Dan Hill and Dana Valery

‘Dan Hill At The Grove’ featuring Dana Valery and introducing Una Valli

Listen to both sides of this rare album in its original sequence with live audience participating…

MAMADU is a fast cha cha which she sings in Brazilian.

She sings HANEGEV, a sad desert song, in Hebrew and in a man’s voice. A soldier sings to his mother from the desert, telling her that it is his duty to fight.

SALADE DE FRUITS is sung in French with a cha cha rhythm. The girl’s fiance name is Fruit Salad. She asks him to marry her because she likes him and everything he does.

POR DOS BESOS is sung in Spanish and Italian and is a Tango Cha Cha. It is the story of a girl who tells her boyfriend not to joke with love and to marry her. This is an extremely difficult song to sing because the lyrics alternate between Spanish and Italian with every two words.

Miss Bera sings IMITTOS in Greek and the rhythm is a baion.

The Rumbadores open Side Two of the record with their own special interpretation of GOLDEN GIRL, which is followed by Miss Bera singing in English her own arrangement of AROUND THE WORLD in a cha cha rhythm.

There are two songs which are special features on the album, introducing the drummer of the Rumbadores, Stefano La Placa, who sings LET ME CRY and TINTERELLA DI LUNA.

Miss Bera sings AL DI LA in italian and in a slow rock style.

SIFIRIZO is her own composition, which means I’m Whistling. It is a slow baion and is sung in Greek. It is about a street girl who blames society for what she has become and walks the streets whistling when she is looking for a man.

BAN DI RUOLA is a fast cha cha sung in italian.

All the choral backings on this album are provided by The Mellotones.

Silva Bera and Her Rumbadores –A Cosmopolitan Night With (Continental Records ZB 8025- South Africa)

Also re-issued as  Silva Bera and Her Rumbadores:Turkish Delight (Black Cat Productions 2016)

live@Raindance Amsterdam/Tanzania/Kenya 14th September 2019

Raindance in Amsterdam, Vondelpark

Chief Sankale of the Masai people at Raindance A’dam
listen to Soul Safari’s DJ set at Raindance Amsterdam, 14 September 2019
guided by rhythm, touched by the spirits
crowd @ Raindance Amsterdam

and simultaneously Raindance happened in Kenya

and simultaneously Raindance happened in Tanzania

Joh Makini representing in Tanzania!

Soul Safari mix 4 The Raindance Project

people rise together when they believe in tomorrow

Soul Safari is proud to be part of the program for the Raindance Project on Saturday, September 14, 2019. As DJ I will be playing two sets with African music.

The Soul Safari mix 4 The Raindance Project mix was produced exclusively for the project as a taster of things to come…. this mix of 60 minutes contains some of my own tracks like a great remix of ‘Coral Reef’ sung in Xhosa, and a few of my own new tracks influenced by South Africa roots music. As well as a few favorite tunes by Black Motion, live recorded in The Boiler Room, Johannesburg.

Enjoy!

see also Poem For A Coral Reef by Yemu Matibe & Alungile Sixishe; Musique Exotique

The Raindance Project.
Dancing for a greener planet.

Party in the Vondelpark Amsterdam.

Three simultaneous and freely accessible events, in The Netherlands, Kenya and Tanzania. Music, dance, performing arts, education, comedy and science come together on one stage. The project is being launched in the Vondelpark Open Air Theater in Amsterdam, with the highlight being a live connection between the three events that everyone can follow.

The Raindance Project on Saturday, September 14, 2019

Soul Safari is proud to be part of the line-up for the Raindance Project on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Three simultaneous and freely accessible events, in The Netherlands, Kenya and Tanzania. Music, dance, performing arts, education, comedy and science come together on one stage. The project is being launched in the Vondelpark Open Air Theater in Amsterdam, with the highlight being a live connection between the three events that everyone can follow.



If we can warm up the earth, we can also cool it down”

The Raindance Project is positioning greening as the global solution for climate change.

Desertification is one of the greatest threats to our planet, but we can all turn this tide. With this important message, The Raindance Project wants to inspire young and old and provide a sense of unity and mutual solidarity. The Raindance Project therefore organizes a series of events every two years in various places in the world to make the message of greening and cooling known to a larger audience.

Justdiggit & Raindance from Justdiggit on Vimeo.

From 12:00h to 21:00h there are performances by well-known musicians, DJs, comedians, speakers and scientists, who play an important role in spreading the message about the greening of our planet. The Raindance Project believes that music can play an important role in spreading the message about the greening of our planet. Because that is desperately needed and Justdiggit, together with local partners in Africa, is greening degraded land on a large scale. Together we can bring back nature and help to unleash a green revolution. The event will be broadcast live on September 14 by 3FM and will be streamed on the social media of Justdiggit, The Raindance Project and 3FM.

Vuyani Dance Company at Holland Festival 22 June 2019

my DJ set during the Holland Festival Listening Party on 22 June 2019 was originally planned as a performance to promote South African music with sound and vision, not as the usual dance party. It eventually became a real dance party thanks to the South African Vuyani Dance Company who joined the Listening Party and showed their masterful moves to the surprised crowd! Their unexpected performance was a beautiful gift! And it made the Dutch audience switch from listening to dancing. Really a nice festive closing of the Listening Party!! Thanks Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theater and all the people who made the Holland Festival possible.

something new from South Africa -Holland Festival 2019 Amsterdam

for the Holland Festival on Saturday 22nd June 2019 I will be reviewing and playing South African music during The Listening Party. 
Like this fresh new sound by Bongeziwe Mabandla – “Ndibuyile” (Popsicle Studio Session) and “Yini” from a live performance at The Lyric Theatre

More on the VPRO website.
https://www.vpro.nl/…/spektakelstukken-en-een-flard-fela-ku…

Holland Festival Listening Party with Eddy de Clercq
Saturday 22 juni 2019, 22.00 uur – Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brokers show on The Word Belgian Radio -guest dj Soul Safari

LISTEN….I was invited as guest dj for the 2nd hour of the program BROKERS on Belgian radio station The Word. These nice guys gave me carte blanche for a selection of personal favorite tunes….thanks Oswald Moris for the great introduction and your seamless selection of timeless disco/boogie/electro tunes. LOVE!!

All records in the 2nd hour of the BROKERS show from my own collection, vinyl only!! Listen to this mix filled with ultra rare South-African, Nigerian, Liberian & Brazilian grooves. Some really funky Disco rarities too. And to top it off the 2nd hour closes with a previously unreleased remix of one of my own productions; ‘Changes’ with Sylvia Kristel (RIP), a mellow sexy funky mix by Zuco 102. Yes, that is the Brazilian band Zuco103 minus 1. This remix is yet to be released. All vinyl, all good! Make sure to check my blog on Africa, ‘Soul Safari’: https://soulsafari.wordpress.com/

tracklist 2nd Hour The Word Brokers -EDDY DE CLERCQ

The Drive – Iphi Intombi Yam pts 1 + 2
The Jazz Clan – Oh Happy Day
Salah Ragab – Egypt Strut
Kindred Spirit & Corina Flamma Sherman – Inner Languages
Kindred Spirit & Corina Flamma Sherman – Put Your Spirit Up
Luisito Quintero feat. Francis Mbappe – Gbagada, Gbagada, Gbogodo, Gbogodo (Roots Mute Mix)
Ray Munnings – Funky Nassau
Freddi Hench & The Soulsetters – I Like Funky Music
Chocolate Milk – Who’s Getting It Now
Tom Scott and the L.A. Express – Jump Back
Jackie Moore – Heart Be Still
Patti & The Emblems – It’s The Little Things
Patrick Moraz – Rana Batucada
EDC & Friends feat. Sylvia Kristel – Changes (Zuco 102 Mix)

Listen here to the full 2 hours Brokers show with the first hour by resident dj Oswald Moris, followed by my own mix of ultra rare South-African, Nigerian, Liberian & Brazilian grooves. Some really funky Disco rarities too….enjoy!