Sidi Mansour vs Ma Baker

Life in Kingston, Jamaica was sometimes like living in a war zone: occasional bursts of excitement — driving after dark through a ghetto zone, boarding up the windows as a hurricane approached — interspersed with long periods of boredom, for the city does not offer much in the way of amusement for a young family of unbelievers. By midday Saturday, we were already kicking our heels, wondering where to go. In fact the only option for non-church goers was eating out, which was fine, given the surprising variety of good restaurants: Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese, Swiss-French. I can firmly state that I have eaten the best samosas in my life (with plum sauce!) at the Indian restaurant in Marketplace, a great recent development by Mafoud senior.

Right next door to the Indian restaurant was another regular destination during our weekend outings, the Habibi Latino. As its name suggests, it offered a mix of South American and Arabic cuisine — I guess there was a mixed marriage involved. While we tucked into the hommos, fatoush, tabouleh and kibbeh, shivering slightly from the hyperactive air-co, the kids could crawl around the empty benches and dance to the CD of Arabic golden oldies. One of the songs reminded Mr B of his Baghdad days; for me, it brought back rainy summer days in a caravan on the Isle of Arran, listening to Boney M’s Ma Baker. We asked one of the Jamaican waitresses dressed in a black chador if we could copy the song, but this seemed to cause her great confusion and came to nothing.

We found the song again recently on a mix CD in my in-laws’ car, and since then … I have found myself forced into having to convince each family-in-law member, one person-in-law at a time, that Sidi Mansour is the inspiration behind Boney M’s 1977 hit. Maybe I didn’t need to go further than humming the relevant bits, but, well, I’m something of an obsessive musical listener — I may not remember the lyrics, but I reckon I have something of a photographic ear (you know what I mean). Result? Three hours on Acid (Pro) mashing up Saber El Robaey’s version of Sidi Mansour with Ma Baker.

[audio:Sidi Baker – remix.mp3]

The first reaction I got was typically Dutch in its laconic understatement: “Okay, you convinced me just a bit. nice.”

What do YOU think?

8 thoughts on “Sidi Mansour vs Ma Baker”

  1. Ik hoefde niet meer te worden overtuigd :-), maar de mix is erg goed gelukt! Als ik nog eens iemand moet overtuigen, verwijs ik ze naar jouw logje… Leuke weblog, trouwens.

  2. Hmm, there are a lot more things to do in Kingston than just go out to eat, even though Kingston has its fair share of food restaurants. There are the various parties on the weekends, the club, the cinema, plays (even through they are mostly Roots plays). And if that fails, then you’ll have to take it out f down and take a .

  3. Is dat typisch nederlands??? Good to hear it’s not just me ;-)
    Ik heb het inmiddels op CD gezet, een aantal keren geluisterd in de auto en ik ben nu echt overtuigd. Misschien niet typisch nederlands, maar gewoon eigenwijs…. :-)

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  5. HEY!!!NICE TO MEET YOU! IM SO GLAD THERE IS ANOTHER PERSON IN THIS WORLD THAT HAVE SEEN IT, AT LEAST YOU UNDERSTAND ME. I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW IM ALSO THE TYPE OF OBSSESSED PERSON, OBSSESSED FOR MUSIC AND LOOK-ALIKES BETWEEN SONGS…GOOD JOB, I UNDERSTAND YOUR 3 HOURS WORK, EVEN I WOULD HAVE DONE SMTGH LIKE THAT, JUST TO PROVE THE LOOK-ALIKE…ANYWAY, I GUESS SIDI MANSOUR IS THE ONLY ARABIC SONG I CANT GET ENOUGH OF, AND ALSO MA BEKER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC….CHEERS!

Over to you!