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Satingarona Part 2

by THE BONGO HOP

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Two years after his first album, Etienne Sevet aka The Bongo Hop vows to fulfill the expectations born after Satingarona pt 1, in which he’d laid the foundations of his own afro caribbean « metissage ». This time again, with Satingarona pt 2, the trumpetist hailing from Bordeaux is joined by his friends, colombian singer Nidia Gongora (Quantic, Ondatropica, Canalon) and french producer Patchworks (Voilaaa, Taggy Matcher), alongside newly met colaborators, like parisian impromptu MC Greg Frite, Haitian singer Kephny Eliacin, Cindy Pooch and young talent Laurene Pierre-Magnani from his hometown’s underground caribbean punk scene. New roads and new stories, to a same destination : the land of perpetual dance.

Sometimes it takes a while for a musician to arise…But Etienne Sevet popped in from nowhere, like his favorite comic book hero, clandestine seaman Keubla, escaping from his quarantined ship. After a long exile in Cali Colombia, he arrived in France (Lyon) with his first compositions under his arms and no particular plan, but luckily met producer Patchworks. Like a dike cracking under the pressure of water, his compositions flooded the producer’s studio, his colombian and west african influences irradiating in a new fashion. The memories of a life time spent in Cali would shine brighter and warmer despite the greyish light of a comeback to the homeland. Between the metro and his small flat, some of the compositions that were started while in Cali -as he was hanging out with his neighbour, british producer Quantic (who induced him to start « doing his own songs »)- came to be developped during lonely walks under the rain. He released his Satingarona pt1 LP in December 2016

Then just like Keubla, the forsaken seaman out to conquer the world, The Bongo Hop formed a band, out for a tour of 80 shows, in France, Spain, Belgium and Italy. In between, the longuing to go back to Colombia was met by material problems, so our seaman changed his route : Tanzania, Cape Verde…But each time, as he enjoyed moments of music there, AfroColombia was always in the air, like a need to transpose every new adventure to a dreamt place, while living it to the fullest.

The « in-betweenness », that one experiences enjoying being here while also longuing to be there, echoes what he used to feel, when he was mixing his afro beat and cavacha records, to the delight and surprise of his salsero friends in Cali, deep into the tropical night. As he was submitting them the fiery sounds of Johnny Bokelo, Amadou Balaké or Maroon Commandos, the desire to see this place right here, exhale the flavor of that place way over there, was feeding his faith as a promoter and a music digger. Make Cali sound a bit like Douala or Accra was also a tribute to the africanness of the place. And the perfect soundtrack for a musical rêverie, as he was looking at the sunset over the ridges of Cali Farallones mountains, deep into the mellow sounds of Abidjan’s Gnonnas Pedro. The quest for this universal connection between apparently distant landscapes, melodies and rythm, was probably the greatest motivation for The Bongo Hop as a sound collector. It’s clearly visible today in Satingarona Pt 2, an album that -again- defies traditional genre nomenclatura.

This constant coming and going is illustrated by the first track, Grenn Pwonmennen. A personal take on angolean semba music, as heard during a trip to Cape Verde where it’s very popular, becomes a source of inspiration for a song dedicated to environmental and ressource awareness – deeply needed in Cape Verde, Haiti, Colombia …Later handed to an Haitian singer, whose island also dramatically suffers. And a message of hope : « Li pa two ta pou n’reflechi », it’s not too late to think.

La Carga came from a story Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) told TBH once, of him sleeping at a Touareg camp lost in the middle of the desert, when a huge blast tore the night. The next morning, they’d discovered a few kilometers away the smoking remnants of a Venezuelian 737 aircraft, and traces of tires heading up north…A couple of years later, the very same story was reported in a paper on Cocaine traffic in the desert, published by Le Figaro. The situation of the Touaregs sort of mirrored the Colombian Pacific coast’s fate, where the locals are very often disturbed by unexpected events related to drug trafficking, the desert mirroring the colombian manglar…TBH’s suggestion to Nidia that an interesting song was at hand triggered another collaboration. Of course, the musical kernel is inspired by desert rock rhythms, heavy guitars and a sense of oppression in the horns.

Slightly light-humored, yet not devoid of a bitter-sweet feeling, L’autre Quai and Jashu display their warm acoustic guitars, caribbean hip hop and broken afrobeat. Greg Frite, a parisian mc from the French West Indies is rapping about procrastination and the fear to take a step… As he composed Jashu, the south african melody took TBH back to when he’d met young street artists from Soweto during a workshop in Bordeaux. They were yelling « Gashu » (Fool!) to each other in a familiar and friendly manner all the time. As he told Nidia about this, a slight miscomprehension in the translation brought her to think about fools as nutters. It reminded her of Betun, a beloved mentally ill character of Timbiqui, her childhood village in Colombia. 
 
The cover of Buscaja’s San Gabriel, one of the repertoire’s most intense piece, is a tribute to AfroColombia he holds dear. Rearranged in a TBH style, it conveys this atmosphere of opression due to paramilitary persecution: « In this song, I go from an alabao to a bunde, then a chigualito and then back to the alabao. The alabao is a prayer to a saint, dark and serious, the bunde is an everyday chant, and the chigualito is a funeral song for dead children. So, it’s like going back and forth between life and death. » explains Buscaja’s singer and militant Alba Elena Arramburo, a figure of the Yurumangui community in exile in Buenaventura, the violent harbor on the Pacific coast.

Revealing two new singers, O Na Ya, a high life sung in Bannen by camerunese singer Cindy Pooch, who also happens to be the band’s singer, talks about feeling home while being in another country, something she experienced while in Colombia. Agua Fria is a groovy tropical tale about frugality, somewhere between Montesquieu’s Persian Letters and Bardot & Gainsbourg’s Contact, TBH style. The album closes on a sensual and mid tempo instrumental, Sonora, which reminds us that this voice and dance-oriented project also gives brass their importance.

For a musician like him, who sees himself more as a craftsman than as an artist, it’s all about dancing and sharing in the end. Still designed to inspire images of Latin America and Colombia to its listeners, it draws new, transatlantic horizons to be pursued. Somehow he manages to make every source he’s taking his inspiration from, express the spirit of this multicultural Ocean, through infinite variations. Opaque, like Glissant said : it’s here but you’ll never quite catch it.

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THE BONGO HOP Lyon, France

The Bongo Hop is the new afro caribean project presented by french trumpetist Etienne Sevet. On Satingarona pt 1, friends from his Colombian years, like vocalist Nidia Gongora (the voice of Ondatropica and Quantic, whom he’d discovered and filmed in 2003 as she was the unknown singer of folkloric ensemble Socavon), rapper Maikcel (Zalama crew), but also famous producer Patchworks ... more

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Track Name: Grenn Pwonmennen
Mache n’ape mache san n’ pa konnen kote n’ pr’ale
Prese wi nou prese, m’ pa konn’ kilè men n’ vle rive
Men je n’ fèmen oubyen n’ bliye gade dèyè tout sa n’ lakòz
Devan pòt tounen dèyè kay, nèg pa vle plante bò lakay
Di mwen lè solèy la leve, kiyès k’a ede m’ fè konbit
Pou lawouze tounen lespwa pou nou ka rekòlte lavi

Grenn Pwonmennen asyèt ou chaje maladi
Grenn Pwonmennen de je n’ kale men n’ap dòmi
Li pa twò ta pou n’ reflechi, Li pa twò ta pou n’ reflechi

Boule, wi n’ap boule, pou n’ fè chabon kisa k’ peye
Tout mòn yo debwaze, pou chak lapli gen je k’ fèmen
Eske l’ nòmal pou n’ enpòte sa fòs ponyèt nou te konn’ ba’ nou
Devan pòt tounen dèyè kay, menm diri n’ pa fèt bò lakay
Di mwen lè solèy la leve, kiyès k’a ede m’ fè konbit
Pou lawouze tounen lespwa pou nou ka rekòlte lavi

Grenn Pwonmennen Asyèt ou chaje maladi
Grenn Pwonmennen Li pa twò ta pou n’ reflechi
Li pa twò ta pou n’ reflechi, Li pa twò ta pou n’ reflechi

[ Di mwen ! Oumenm ! Oumenm ki save. Lè w’ prale sa w’ap kite ?
Timoun yo, tchovi yo ki dèyè, si w’ pa simen sa w’ vle yo ranmase ?
Ou montre y’ achte ou pa montre yo vann
Ki mantalite, kisa w’ vle n’ defann? ]

Ki garanti pou lasante si pwodiksyon egal pwazon
Si pou manje y’ap tann yo bay sa n’ te dwe plante bò lakay
Di mwen lè solèy la leve, kiyès k’a ede m’ fè konbit
Pou lawouze tounen lespwa pou nou ka rekòlte lavi

Grenn Pwonmennen asyèt ou chaje maladi
Grenn Pwonmennen de je w’ kale men w’ap dòmi

Li pa twò ta pou reflechi, pou w’ ka garanti yon avni
Ann’ ale solèy la leve, Grenn Pwonmennen annou ale
Li pa twò ta pou reflechi…
Track Name: La Carga
Todo es silencio
tranquilidad
y sopla el viento
no hay hostilidad
La noche es fria,
llega al desierto
Descansan almas
de traginar
Se juntan cuerpos,
no existe el miedo
por la esperanza
de despertar
de despertaaaar

La carga…

Con el regreso de la luz
la luz del dia
llega el miedo llega el temor
Llegan almas ya desconocidas
Llega rabia llega odio llega miedo
se acaba la tranquilidad

La carga…
Corazones cargados
de rencor
estando sin respirar
llega el miedo
llega el temooor
solo hay ruido
confusion no hay destino
todo se opone
por la carga
Track Name: L'Autre Quai
Je voudrais être ici et maintenant
J’aimerais juste vivre l’instant
Etre en même temps super loin
En détente ouais super bien

A c’qu’il paraît il faut vivre avec son temps
Mais dans les faits on veut vite la récompense
On accumule des devises on est contents
Et ça ramène plus de vice que ce qu’on pense

On veut plus de bénéfices
à léguer à nos filles à nos fils
En vrai on est tous un peu novices
Parce qu’en vrai personne ne lit la notice

Le temps d’énumerer ses plans de dire ABCD
Des gens que l’on appréciait sont déjà décédés
Et se fâcher ou se cacher ne va pas les aider
Il ne faut jamais rien lâcher ouais ne jamais céder

Pas de p’tite histoire j’le dis pour toi j’le dis pour moi
Vise le plus loin que tu puisses voir
ouais c’est pour ça que j’te dis tout ça
Même si ton train a pris du retard
qu’une fois là bas tu t’y r’trouves pas
Sur l’autre quai d’une autre gare
ton destin va te dire pourquoi

Je voudrais être ici et maintenant
J’aimerais juste vivre l’instant
Etre en même temps super loin
En détente ouais super bien

Avec le temps j’suis plus tolérant
Avant je jugeais bien trop les gens
Même si je suis sympathique ma garde reste hermétique
Dans la vie je monte haut les gants

Qu’on soit passionné d’art ou épris de fitness
Quoique l’on fasse on est pris de vitesse
Tout recommence d’autres tout petits naissent
Il faut trouver sa place mais faire tout en finesse

Tout à coup d’un simple claquement de doigts
Tes mômes sont déjà loin de toi
Tous les êtres humains ont le choix
On est en manque mais on ne sait pas bien de quoi

Chacun son chemin chacun son destin
Pour certains ça s’allume pour d’autre ça s’éteint
Pierrot dans la lune ou bien Arlequin
Chacune de mes phrases est dans mon calepin

Je voudrais être ici et maintenant
J’aimerais juste vivre l’instant
Etre en même temps super loin
En détente ouais super bien..

Y arriver, que c’est long,
sans stresser, que c’est bon
Le trajet, sans pression,
S’arrêter ? Pas question
Track Name: Jashu
Con su radio en el hombro
tu siempre ves a betun
con panes en el bolsillo
de su pantalon azul
lleva consigo las pilas
y un lazo por cinturon
un peine entre sus cabellos
y protesis de carton
carton…

En mi region todos quieren
a este importante hashu
el se recorre las calles
sin demostrar inquietud
siempre pide con refresco
y se le ve sonreir
no se muestra descontento
el jashu sabe vivir
Dindindin..
carton..

vive contento
contento Jashu
alegra mi pueblo
mi pueblo Jashu
vive contento
alegra mi pueblo
Track Name: San Gabriel
Cuando san gabriel bajo
y le dio l'ave maria
no se si le alcanzaria  
Jesucristo a nues...
…tro reino
Cuando san gabriel bajo
oro mi niño dios
Cuando san gabriel bajo
oro mi niño dios
Y le dio l'ave maria
oro mi niño dios
No se si le alcanzaria
oro mi niño dios
No se si le alcanzaria
oro mi niño dios
Jesucristo a nuestro reino
oro mi niño dios
Jesucristo a nuestro reino
oro mi niño dios
Arullo mi niño arrullo mi dios
oro mi niño dios
Arullo mi niño y arrullo mi dios
oro mi niño dios
O Chigualito chigualatero, 
o chigualito
o chigualatero

A casar me quiero con un canero
a casar me quiero
con un canero

A canchimala o a tamborero 
a canchimala
oye tamborero

Si no me caso mejor me muero, 
si no me caso
hoy mejor me muero

Hoy angelito se va pa'l cielo, 
hoy angelito
hoy se va pa'l cielo

O Chigualatiando chigualatero, 
chigualatiando
hoy chigualateo

O Chigualito
O chigualatero

Cuando san gabriel bajo
y le dio l'ave maria
No se si le alcanzaria
Jesucristo a nues… 
…tro reiiino
Track Name: Agua Fria
Supposons que je vienne d’ailleurs
que j’aie perdu mon chemin
J’ai oublié le jour et l’heure
et le temps qu’il fera demain

Je viendrais vous parler d’un monde
qui disparut en un instant
Les siècles y passaient comme les secondes,
comme on enfile un diamant

Donnez moi donnez moi
un peu d’eau froide, juste un peu d’eau froide

Donnez moi un peu d’eau froide plutot
qu’une baignoire remplie de lait 
pour me délasser 
des effets d'un voyage, 
encapsulée

Pas besoin de luxe inutile
pour apprécier la vue d’ici
Si vous saviez le ridicule
d’un empire dans l’incendie

Donnez moi donnez moi 
un peu d’eau froide, juste un peu d’eau froide 

M’en allant de ces contrées stériles
je les laisserai
se demandant qui était cette fille
qui ne fit que passer

Ils se lasseront d’eux mêmes
ou bien la terre les avalera
Ils  récolteront ce qu’ils sèment
Moi et mon eau froide ne serons plus là

Donnez moi donnez moi 
un peu d’eau froide, juste un peu d’eau froide
Track Name: O Na Ya
Me na kan
O hiotot'ou si
Piamia pissekin'oussi
Ata heni pa lia
Missi megnouakan
Touono to yam'igne  
Ignekine ô ya yi ndo'os
Me ndo piok ô wam ombelles 

Me ndoussiannaken
Ou pumben
Ou pumben 
Poulileu Sissi
Mengo kok ena 
Mengo kok ena

O na ya 
O na ya eh
O na ya 
O na ya mouesse 

Me na kan 
ô yam idin'ou ke si 
Ou ke sie ô pa pa ndo miango hiki 
Ata pan pa lia
Hissini hè pèlapèn'ou Hiwe
Pana pa ndou pin
Hiwe hia hè ndo Tom
Haha wemi'ombel
 
Me ndoussiannaken
Ou pumben
Ou pumben 
Poulileu Sissi
Mengo kok ena 
Mengo kok ena

O na ya 
O na ya eh
O na ya 
O na ya mouesse 
 
Me na kan …
Track Name: Sonora
Bailalo pegaito…

Bailalo pegaito
Bailalo bien sueltico
Mueve tu cuerpo al son
De Sonora

Yeah yeah oielo
Este ritmo
Este ritmo es sabroso

Sonora..
La rumba e’ sabrosa
Sonora

Con Sonora, oye
Pa’ gozar
Vele lele
Lo que traigo es sabor

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