Get Yer Fra Fra's Out Wednesday, February 09 2005 @ 02:27 AM EST
Contributed by: TOrr
Fra Fra Sound
Kulembanban (Munich Records BV BMCD 443, 2004)
Recording a tribute to a long-deceased man considered the father of Afro-Surinamese music isn't likely to be very high on most band's list of priorities. But it seemed to be in the cards for this particular band, since Fra Fra Sound is based in The Netherlands and that's where Afro-Surinamese music king Kid Dynamite did his most memorable work, primarily in the 1950s.
Born Lodewijk Rudolf Arthur Parisius in Suriname in 1911, Kid Dynamite was a tenor saxophonist, vocalist and composer who melded jazz with the inherently African Surinamese style called kaseko, creating a ferociously grooving music that got crowds in Amsterdam on their feet every night