Filed under: Tunisia
Mohammed Hanesh was supposedly from Tunisia.
The only information I was able to find was on a cached Dutch Wikipedia page that was not ready to be published (and that is no longer on the web)… Apparently, someone by the name of Mike Vincent played bass on this song. And since this record was originally released in Holland, there a possibility that this may be a studio creation. That may explain that fake bear that guy with the flute is wearing on the cover…
If you have any information, please contact me.
UPDATE: I stumbled upon this discussion board the other day:
“My name is Cees Vermeulen Wind Sant, music producer. It was 1975, there raged an oil crisis. Together with my family, I was on holiday in Tunisia. We walked about a bazaar and I heard a whistle a tune playing in a so-called traditional music. The tune stayed in my mind for days and that gave me the idea to take a stab at the song in a modern way. No sooner said than done. Under the alias Mohammed Hanesh, I was with some friends, recorded the song “Sidi Mansour” produced, published and distribution by Ariola. The song hit directly and quickly became a in various countries. This was also supported by the Tunisian airline, which produced large posters. Something that today we would not get together quickly…”