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Gabriel Bayman
Cape Comic Songs LP ..... 32-248 1967 RCA/VICTOR
- Backed By Ballie And His Bolle
Kant Een:
1. Mona Lisa (Bayman)
2. So Lank As Die Rietjie In Die Water Lê (Bayman/Verw. Du Toit)
3. Beestekoppe (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
4. Veepoot Kwela (Van Vuuren)
5. Ry Hom Boetie Ry Hom (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
6. Die Sop (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
Kant Twee:
1. Ertjies En Boontjies (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
2. Guy Het Nie Hare Nie (Bayman)
3. Daar Kom Die Alibama (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
4. January February March (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
5. Harringtonstraat (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
6. Baiei Terima Kassie (Trad. Verw. Bayman/Du Toit)

Produced By Chris du Toit

Over the years the Coloured people of the Cape Peninsula have developed a musical sound of their own. which is as much part of the Cape's heritage as its sparkling white beaches and autumn-hued vineyards. Drifting on the evening air the plink-a-plunk of banjos and guitars and almost brazen sound of saxophones pour from labourers cottages on the farms of Constantia or from the warren-like, sprawling slum of District Six; from shanties tucked amid the Port Jackson Willows and sand dunes of the Cape Flats or the neatly terraced fisherman's cottages of Hout Bay comes the sound of the Cape Beat.
And with the advent of the New Year all the joy and some of the sadness of the people whips through the streets of the city as crisply as the South-Easter when, in a kaleidoscope of coloured silks and beaming faces, the Coons proceed to their Carnival.
The songs which they sing - many of them wreathed in passed history, others reflecting history being made today and the music which they make are as distinctively part of the Peninsula as the heavy white clouds of the "Table CIoth" or the strident call of the fish horn.
These are the songs and sounds which have been captured on this record - some sad, some gay, but all part of our South African Heritage.
Gabriel Bayman is well known as a broadcaster and for his characterisations of the Cape Coloured Folk whom he knows so well. So well that he has played "Gamat Roles" in recent films. This record is his brain-child and he has been fortunate to obtain the musical services of Chris du Toit and Flippie van Vuuren who,though Transvalers have managed superbly to create the "Cape" sound and beat. In some of the songs, Gabriel is joined by his daughter Susan, a true "Kaapenaar" if ever there was one.
The origins of many of the "moppies" and "goemaliedjies" which you will hear on this record are often obscured by time. What meaning, for instance, could the gunpowder plot of Guy Fawkes have for little Coloured children? But in "Jack and Jill" it comes to the fore in the traditional November 5th song which can be heard throughout the streets of the Peninsula. It is gay and lilting and always provides an excuse to fill father's old jacket with straw, afhx a "mombakkie", and parade through the suburbs with the "Guy" perched in an old pram or a soap box on wheels, calling, as Susan does, "Penny for the Guy, Maaster".
In the case of "Ertjies and Boontjies" it is easier to trace the origin of the song. The Carnival committee, in a moment of openheartedness no doubt, invited Coon Troupes from Country Districts - Paarl, Wellington and Stambos, to participate in the annual Carnival. Like all "out of town" people the troupes' members were disasterously antiquated in their dress. The troupes from the country arrive resplendent in out-moded fashions- Oxford "Begs" with 22-inch bottoms, in white flannel; and peeping coyly from beneath this pristine garb were shiny - oh so shiny - patent leather shoes. This was too much for the local wags - and they perpetuated it in song! This is a typical example of the true "moppie" and I think that listeners will agree that there is probably the most cleverly contrived rhyme ever for the word "stasie".
In the late 1940's one of the main hit numbers of the year was the song "Mona Lisa", which blared from juke-boxes and radiograms throughout the country. The Coloureds took it to their hearts and developed it into a song along their own particular - and sometimes peculiar lines. Every year the winning troupe sings aparticular song on its way back to District Six as it marches along Somerset Road. invariably it is an adaptation of the "hit of the year" and in this instance "Mona Lisa" was the song. Naturally the words, and even the theme was altered, and it ended up as a bawdy, frivolous street song which caught the enthusiasm of everyone who heard it.
"Die Sop" has never been recorded before. Like all GoemaIieds it moves erratically from idea to idea without any main theme relating to another. The first and second verses never have any direct connection with each other. Where it came into existence, no one seems to know but it seems likely that the "Sop van die Rooinekke" had some appeal to the Coloured army conscript - so much so that it was celebrated in song. The song "So Lank As Die Rietjie In Die Water Lê", we believe to be an old cooper's song. Barrel-making at the Cape is as old as the wine industry itself, it stretched from Constantia to Stellenbosch and part of the ritual of barrel-making - such as the burning of rags in a new barrel - was the soaking of reeds in water. The hammering rhythm of this particular song lends support to our theory.
In both "Maandjie" and "Veepoot Kwela", straight instrumental pieces, we believe that the true "Cape Sound" has been captured. These are typical Coloured melodies played in the inimitable way that Coloured folk play them.
"Harringtonstraat" is, again, an instrumental number typifying the music of the area. Harrington was a barber in the early days of the Cape and set wigs or curled them for the leading dandies of the day. He was also an incredible gossip and known for his "up to the minute" news of the day. Gabriel Bayman's father was born in Harrington Street and, needless to say, Gabriel is known to his friends as a "Harrington" - or purveyor of gossip.
Perhaps the most delightful of all the lyrics on this record is "Ry Hom Boetie Ry Hom" . . . a racing song if ever there was one! In the olden days, when races were run on the Green Point Common this is a song that certainly was sung. A lady visitor from Britain wrote in the 1860's "How curious it iz. to see one of our elegant English jockeys being beaten to the post by a wizened little Hottentot". One can only imagine that the "wizened little" jockey concerned was egged on lo the winning post with this cry.
For any South African, English or Afrikaans speaking, this record is a real party piece, guaranteed to set feet tapping and partners tvvirling frenziedly to the ending, the traditional farewell, "Baiei Terima Kassie", "Maak Vir Julle Klaar Om Nou Huistoe te Gaan, om nou huistoe te gaan, want Tante Fiena draai, tot die eerste hoender kraai Tot die eerste hoender kraai". - omslag

Kindersprokies Oorvertel LP . CAP 19 CAMDEN/MAGIC MUSIC
Kant Een:
1. Die Slapende Prinses
2. Die Gestewelde Kat
3. Jannie En Die Boontjierank
Kant Twee:
1. Die Drie Varkies
2. Gouelokkies En Die Drie Bere
3. Rooikappie

Die Storie Van Oompie Boetie Baradien LP . 32-247 1967 RCA/VICTOR
- vertolk deur Gabriel Bayman
Kant Een:
1. Die Franse Paddas Van Franschoek
Kant Twee:
1. Abdol Gaan Visvang

Gabriel Bayman With Ballie En Sy Bolle
Mona Lisa / Guy Het Nie Hare Nie 7" . PRS 526 1963 PRESIDENT
Kant Een:
1. Mona Lisa (Trad. verw. Bayman/Du Toit)
Kant Twee:
1. Guy Het Nie Hare Nie (Trad. verw. Bayman/Du Toit)

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