current repertory wands from Spirituals to Gospel music, from Africa to swing,
from Caribbean music to south-American rythms. All songs have been completely
rearranged according to our taste and there are 4 ones totally rewritten using
only original lyrics.
Oh Happy Day!
Go down, Moses
When I got to
Were you there
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is a song written in the 40’s, we listened to in the version leaded to success
by Manhattan Transfer.
Lyrics apparently tell about a “drunk cat”. But it correctly refers to a jazzman
(probably Cat Anderson, a trombonist of Duke Ellington’s orchestra).
Choir arrangement is based upon 3 voices replying to the solo. Usually we play
it at the beginning of our exhibitions because it gives us the charge we need
This is a very well
known song, perhaps a too much one... So we decided to deeply modify it. We
located it ideally in Africa, by means of a tribe rhythm and by inserting
a short rhyme in Swahili saying:
world is not my home
this song we preserved only the original lyrics. Music was rewritten from scratch
by Wraj, our arranger/art director/writer/... TAMER.