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“CHAINO AFRICANA” on Dot Records. “Spellbinding primitive rhythms by Chaino, percussion genious of Africa”. The music here and from other Chaino records is on a CD reissue called “Chaino Africana and Beyond”.

Chaino is one of the elusive figures of space age pop. After growing up in Chicago, Leon Johnson left home and lived a fairly wild life, eventually taking up the bongos and making a name for himself as “Chaino” (taken perhaps from the great Cuban conga player, Chano Pozo?) on the “chitlins” circuit of black nightclubs. In the late 1950s, he went to Hollywood and met producer Kirby Allan, who had recently been inspired by African tribal music during a trip to Kenya. Allan and Johnson went into the famed Gold Star studio in early 1958 to try to create an American-ized version. They eventually succeeded in getting jazz impresario Norman Granz to release some of these cuts on the luridly-titled, Jungle Mating Rhythms. At the same time, they were able to sell tracks to three different small West Coast jazz labels, Score, Tampa, and Omega, and all four albums were released virtually simultaneously. A few months later, Allan signed with the Silent Majority label, Dot (home to Lawrence Welk for a fifth album, Africana. A sixth album, Temptation, was recorded for Omega but was barely out the door before the label went bankrupt.   — Space Age Pop

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Drummed up


Chaino and his African Percussion Safari “Jungle Echoes” on Omega.   (See Chaino Africana post for more)

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Jungle fever


Eyes of the Spectre  Chaino

Chaino put out some cool records in the fifties.   He was a percussionist and some of his stuff is “exotic” African rhythms and some is more jazzy.   This kind of exploitation cover art was popular at the time for Eisenhower-era suburbanites looking for something wild (but safe).   A stunning illustration and a prime example of its type.   The very rare Spectre label had a very scary eye logo around the spindle hole.

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