Despite what I know you are totally thinking right now, Tananas are not some super villain from a bad Chinese movie. The Tananas are a South African band formed in 1987 by Ian Herman on drums and percussion, Mozambican Gito Baloi on bass and vocals, and Steve Newman on guitar. Their sounds is a fusion of Jazz, South African township Jive, and Mozambican Salsa. They have performed with the likes of Youssou N’dour, Bonnie Raitt, and Suzanne Vega.
“Shake” is taken off their self-titled album released in 1988. And yes I mean 1988! The year Michael Dell launched Dell Computer, Palm Springs, California elected former pop singer Sonny Bono mayor, years before Arnold Alois Schwarznegger made it a thing and scored a similar gig in 2003, the world realized nicotine is just as addictive as cocaine and heroin, we observed the first World AIDS Day ever, and the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing resulted in 270 casualties. OK! That’s enough history for today!
After the 1988 album, the Tananas released seven subsequent albums with the last, “Alive in Jo’burg,” coming out in 2001. Don’t ever say www.wedoitfortheloveofmusic.com doesn’t musically-enlighten your ass! “Shake” blends expert musicianship with bubbly beats and anyone who is not tone-deaf will enjoy it. Bassist Gito Baloi was shot dead in April 2004 while on his way back from a concert because, you know, South Africa. He was 39 years old.
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