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    Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

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    Just listening to Earth Wind & Fire's
    KALIMBA STORY from 1974 .....
    sure brings to mind Bohannon

    Do you suppose this song is actually about him ?

    LYRICS :

    Saw it in a store, one day.
    Thought it might, make me play
    Future music all for you-

    Seen me thru my hardest times-
    thought it was 'bout time, to open
    a new world just for you-

    Fills all my needs, gave me the key
    Door was open, for me to see
    Playin around the world, touchin'
    All the boys and girls with a new
    love to make them free

    Kalimba, ooh kalimba, play me a tune
    Kalimba, ooh kalimba, I'm glad I found you
    Kalimba, ooh kalimba, play me a tune
    Kalimba, ooh kalimba sends a message to you

    If you lend an ear and you have no fear
    The vibration will move your mind
    It's new to you, sounds true to you
    Sacred music before it's time

    Play it for ya now, wanna see
    just how, my kalimba get next to you
    Are you ready now, well get ready
    Come along, groove with the new-

    Kalimba, ooh kalimba, play me a tune
    Kalimba, ooh kalimba, I'm glad I found you
    Kalimba, ooh kalimba, play me a tune
    Kalimba, ooh kalimba sends a message to you


    from Absolute Lyrics


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    I still recall the thrill -
    I guess I always will


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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

    :icon_eek: Remmy, you surprise me every day, more, more, more!

    Where do you get the idea that this is connected to H. Bohannon?

    A Kalimba is an African finger piano, used a lot on EWF records!

    :icon_eek: :icon_eek:


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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

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    :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: ... oh ... :icon_lol:

    Is that the instrument that's used in Toto's AFRICA ??? :icon_rolleyes:


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    Last edited by remicks; January 15th, 2007 at 01:44 AM.


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    I guess I always will


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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

    Remicks: How did you ever come up with the Hamilton Bohannon theory?

    Are you goin' stir crazy????? :icon_biggrin: :icon_biggrin: :icon_biggrin:

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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

    Quote Originally Written by QUINNY View Post
    Remicks: How did you ever come up with the Hamilton Bohannon theory?

    Are you goin' stir crazy????? :icon_biggrin: :icon_biggrin: :icon_biggrin:
    too big a swig of Nyquil ? .....:icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:


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    Last edited by remicks; January 15th, 2007 at 11:08 AM.


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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

    Quote Originally Written by remicks View Post
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    :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: ... oh ... :icon_lol:

    Is that the instrument that's used in Toto's AFRICA ??? :icon_rolleyes:


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    Now that you mention it, it probably is.

    Maurice White talks about his kalimba instrument in the bonus interviews of one concert DVD of EW&F in Japan (not his best for sure, but it has the interviews so it's interesting).
    It don't mean a thing (if ain't got that swing)

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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

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    I'll probably regret dragging this bended topic out from the forgotten recesses ... ......BUT :icon_lol: ....

    ... the song can now be heard on youtube ....

    KALIMBA STORY EW&F

    ....Now honestly, aren't there shades of Bohannon to be found within the sounds of this song ???? its pulse ....the instruments ....the vocals ....the grooove :icon_confused::icon_idea: ......:icon_question:



    Don't know why I ever drug the lyrics into it though .... it was the Nyquil I tell ya !!!!:icon_lol::icon_lol:


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    I guess I always will


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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

    Quote Originally Written by remicks View Post
    .Now honestly, aren't there shades of Bohannon to be found within the sounds of this song ?
    Yes and no. I hear Redbone in it and of course Bohannon and others. EWF is sounding very edgy here.

    But, Remmy, thx for posting coz' I never heard this track before and it would make me feel better if I had a cold. The song that is, not this:


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    Re: Earth Wind & Fire's tribute to Bohannon

    Quote Originally Written by Videoskooter View Post
    Yes and no. I hear "Redbone" in it and of course Bohannon and others. EWF is sounding very edgy here.


    "yes and no" ...... OK,
    I'm good with that! .... that's at least progress ....

    I agree, EW&F's sound is as you say, more edgy here..a departure for them ... doing a guitar driven tune... It's not their signature bigger sound with horns and such .

    But, Remmy, thx for posting coz' I never heard this track before and it would make me feel better if I had a cold. The song that is, not this:
    :icon_lol:
    & u r welcome !

    True enough VS, a couple of swigs of Nyquil isn't going to do a darn thing for a cold :icon_razz: ....
    .... but they can sure make listening to old disco tunes a lot more trippy !!





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    Last edited by remicks; August 23rd, 2008 at 11:18 AM.


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    On the 1975 12", the remixer has taken Henry's original :

    AFRICAN SYMPHONY

    and reworked it with additional use of the kalimba (including stepping on Mancini's grandiose song conclusion) :

    Remix

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    BOHANNON'S KALIMBA BEAT


    I still recall the thrill -
    I guess I always will


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