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Mohammed Hanesh
June 24, 2008, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Tunisia

Sidi Mansour

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.

Catalog number 16 236 AT on Ariola of Munich, Germany, released 1975.


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…”



hmm not sure if its my imagination but this track bears a resembalance to the 70’s disco hit ‘Ma Baker’ by German group Boney M ??? another studio concoction, the plot thickens…

Comment by Lee23

Seconded, it’s the exact same melody. Part of me really, really wants to believe that its not a coincidence, particularly given the Germany connection…

Comment by Gregory Gregor

Wouldn’t be the first time Boney M. “stole” a Folk tune for one of their songs, they also based part of the melody of their “Rasputin” song on a Turkish Folk song called “Katibim”, more specifically Eartha Kitt’s version of it.

I hate people who use a piece of music which doesn’t belong to them without at least mentioning where they got it from…

Comment by Upa

Oh, I almost forgot, it looks (to me, at least) like Mohammed Hanesh’s Sidi Mansour is actually based on the traditional version of the song that was sung by a certain Mohammed Jarrari on an audio cassette called “Folklore Tunisien”.

These two recordings have exactly the same ending to the song. It’s the part which starts at 1:56 in Mohammed Hanesh’s version and has a different melody from the rest of the song.

No other version I have heard so far ended the song like that…

Comment by Upa

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