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Golden Hands

The First Time

In the late 60’s and early 70’s most bands in Morocco were moving away from modern music, and were more interested in reviving the Melhoun traditions of Moroccan music. The most well know of these artists being Jil Jilala, Lemchaheb, and Nass el Ghiwane, all of whom used traditional acoustic instruments. But there were a handful of other artists who decided to stick with rock ‘n’ roll, and The Golden Hands were one of them.

From what I have read, it appears that they only released three singles. Their first single was backing an Algerian singer by the name of Jalil Bennis, and they did a version of a song by Nino Ferrer called “Mizra”. From what I have read, it’s supposed to be “the guitar of surf pitch” (according to the Google translator). And their last single was released on Philips, and was for the song “What To Say”. The song posted here is from their second single.

I have also read that there was some connection to Lester Vigon, who was originally from Morocco but moved to France where he did most of his recordings (in English), but I have not been able to find any information which substantiates that.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number E.C.M. 1000 on E.C.M. Records of France. No release date given.

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Please see the more recent post on the Golden Hands here for updated information.

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Hi, Thanks for the useful info. You rarely read about The Golden Hands. I happen to have their single “Take Me Back” Love letters” G.B. 172 Disques Gam. It was given to me by a musician friend of mine in Sale, Morocco, back in the late ’70s.

Cheers.

I would love to get more news about this great band.

Comment by Brahim Benhim

Hi Mr Brahim,i am Aziz the leader of the band golden hands the guitar player,first of all i´d like to ask
you how did you found this record that has never been released?even me i don´t have this record,that´s funny.Jalil bennis he is a real moroccan singer,he is not algerian,hear from u soon.
bye Aziz.

Comment by Aziz daou el makane

Salut Aziz,
Salut tout le monde,

If any trouble to read french, just try google translation lol

Je suis content de trouver des choses sur le net concernant les ‘GOLDEN HANDS‘ .
Ce fut des moments inoubliable a Casa les 70’s.
Je me rappellerai tjr d’un show donné au théâtre municipal.
Que devient ce groupe ? ici à Paris on parle du retour de Vigon.
Je l’ai vu, il est au top.
Petite faveur : je suis à la recherche de la chanson ‘ Love letters’.
Anyone can help ??

Merci à toi
Amicalement à tous

Comment by Si Foulan

Hello Aziz!!!! Whoa how i feel happy and lucky!! weird!! Well I introduce myself, I’m a young moroccan girl, and moroccan rock’n’roll is my biggest passion; I have to say that i LOVE your music, unfortunately, the only ones I heard so far are What To Say and First Time in this website…Ive been doing researches for a long time and I was glad to discover you. I heard that your Cds are no longer available in Morocco, but that there are still some in France, and some say it’s not neither…I was wondering if you have any songs you can send me? I would be really glad. Hey btw can you give me your eamil adress? theres really many things i want to talk about…or i leave mine: silence-harmony@hotmail.com
THANK YOU already
hope to hear from you soon
Xevlyn

Comment by Xevlyn

Si Aziz, je m’excuse de ce retard. Je ne penseais pas que vous alleiez repondre. C’est un grand honneur de communiquer avec vous.

Le 45 Tours (Love Letters/Take me Back) m’a etait donne ,ca fait longtemps,par un ami, Senhaji Omar (bassiste) qui travaille pour les PTT. On peut ecouter ces deux belles chansons, de temps en temps, sur mon emission “Music Sans Frontieres” (chaque 2eme mardi) sur 3CR Community Radio (www.3cr.rog.au online. Vous n’avez qu’a me le dire par email…
Moi aussi je suis le leader du groupe “La kasbah” a Melbourne. Mon 2eme album “Half Moon Cafe” date de Janvier 2006.

Salut et Tbark Allh 3likoum.

Comment by Brahim benhim

Brahim Benhim “La Kasbah”
Possede 45T “Love Letters/Take Me back”
Melbourne, Australie.

bbenhim@yahoo.com.au

Comment by Brahim benhim

nice place to talk about ‘golden hands’
and some moroccan rockers (°__°)

Comment by Si Foulan

SLUT AZIZ DRISS DOMMAGE POUR MJID PAS DE NOUVELLES. JE SAIS QU’IL EST AU TEXAS. JE SUIS UN FAN DES G.H DEPUIS TOUJOURS. J’AI VU TOUS VOS CONCERTS A CASA. JE SUIS LE FRERE DE SPIROU AHMED MON FRERE AINE,ET AMI INTIME DE M’JID .ET TOI AUSSI TU LE CONNAIS.JE SOUHAITE AVOIR TON E-MAIL POUR T’ECRIRE DIRECTEMENT AVEC MON FRERE.
STP SI TU AS L’ADRESSE DE M’JID DONNE-LA MOI TU SERAS TRES GENTIL.

Comment by SPIROU BRAHIM FROM CASABLANCA

salut spirou
how is it possible to lose contact with gh members and you live in the same city?
the last time i met mjid was a long long time ago in switzerland in a studio .
say hi to your family mate.
get fatima to go my place and get my real e mail address .
australia

Comment by stephano

Des nouvelles il nous en faut.les gonden hands Mjid, vigon. Ces gens-là ont fait la gloire du maroc et de casablabnca en particulier. h’ram de les perdre subitement.Je souhaite que qq’un ait la bonne idée de créer un site pour les artistes marocains tous genres.
De façon à ce qu’on peut le visiter et avoir des nouvelles des artistes. Ce sera également un site interactif; pour donner son avis sur les oeuvres musicales diffusées.

Merci et salut
spirou/qq’un qui aime voir briller l’étoile des marocains.

Comment by spirou

Vigon, Golden Hands…y’a aussi Les Variations, malheureusement pas très connus au Maroc, qui sont vraiment géniaux aussi. Voici des liens où on peut écouter leur musique:
http://www.myspace.com/lesvariations
http://www.marocaudio.com/Les_Variations

De même pour Golden Hands:
http://www.myspace.com/goldenhandsxmorocco
http://www.marocaudio.com/Golden_Hands

Sinon si y’a quelqu’un qui veut plus de disques de ces 2 groupes, ce serait un plaisir de partager. silence-harmony@hotmail.com

Au plaisir

Comment by Xevlyn

If not mentioned yet, there’s a single on Pathe (ea 1070) by Les Golden Hands. They play Fat el Miaad and Amal Hayati. Two Abdelwahab tunes, I think written for Oum Kalsoum, done in mild psychedelic manner.

Comment by Milan

I don’t like Abdelwahab, but if Golden Hands covered some of his songs, especially in a psychedelic manner as you said, it must be good!! Please, where can we hear these tunes? nothing on the net…do you have a link or the an mp3 of the songs, may be?
Thanks already

Comment by Xevlyn

I’d like to hear that as well.

Comment by radiodiffusion

pls i need some golden hands songs !!!pls im from morocco

Comment by Azar

Hi there, Emjid El Warari the singer and bass player from Golden Hands is back in business and trying to record a cd soon with new songs. Here is a link from Youtube with a cover from James Taylor Steamroller. Check back Youtube for more songs coming soon from Emjid. Thank you

Comment by Victor

salut aziz c’est christian copain de mozart tu te rapelle que tu t’aitter ecrazé les doigts dans ma studebacker jaune on etait sorti sans rien dire a kader il aurais gueullé le soir meme tu jouer au provinçes française avec tony et berny apl moi au 0698255659 je suis nul sur internet je suis a toulouse mon cousin a eu vigon au telephone bye

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