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Guabi Guabi

Posted by Marc Nerenberg, written by George Sibanda


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Size: 2,588kb, uploaded 2/17/2010 6:15:54 PM
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From my long out-of-print children's album "That Lion" (1985). This is a song from East Africa, recorded in the 40s or 50's by George Sibanda. My uncle had this on a 10" record called "African Guitar Music" when I was a kid. This version has 8 tracks recorded in 1 take each, all me (2 banjo, 3 vocal, 3 hand claps). I had this arrangement in my head, but had no idea whether or not it would work until it was recorded.

6 comments on “Guabi Guabi”

Josh Turknett Says:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 @9:37:57 AM

This is fantastic, Mark. I love the arrangement - the claps, the two banjos that complement each other so well, and the vocals. Can't help but smile listening to it. No doubt you had some serious fun making that!

Howard_C Says:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @10:39:57 AM

Gotta be the same as the old Jack Elliott guabi guabi, don't recall who he attributes it to though. Love both versions.

Marc Nerenberg Says:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @11:01:54 AM

The song is by George Sibanda of what was then Rhodesia, and first appeared on a 1950s 10" LP of African guitar music collected by Hugh Tracy. Jack Elliot and I both learned it from the same source.

guitarman8491 Says:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @11:06:28 AM

Marc a very nice song..the lyrics flow nicely as does the singing, banjos and clapping...Cheers Doug

rgoad Says:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @1:05:28 PM

Hughes Tracy! Do you play kalimba, too?

rgoad Says:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @1:06:04 PM

Btw, this is awesome.

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