Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha

This is some wonderful instrumental by the magnificently named Ginger Folorunso Johnson, from early 1950s London and off one of the London Is The Place For Me calypso compilations. This isn’t a novelty or curio but a genuinely funky little tune which should get you up and at ’em this morning.

Ginger was from Lagos and gained his nickname from the effect the sun had on his hair. He left Nigeria during the war and played jazz clubs around the world before settling in London in the 50s and settling on Afro-Cuban jazz. His band’s instruments included elephant’s feet drums- yes, drums made from elephant’s feet.

Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha

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