Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Mohammad Sharief
March 20, 2022, 1:00 am
Filed under: Suriname

Ham Kaise Aja Surinaam

Mohammad Sharief – AKA Mohammad Sharief Ishaak – was from Suriname.

The country’s largest ethnic group is East Indians. They are descendants of 19th-century indentured workers from India, hailing mostly from the modern Indian states of Bhojpuri speaking areas of BiharJharkhand, and Eastern Uttar Pradesh along the Nepali border and also the states of Haryana and Tamil Nadu.

The music is called called Chutney and is a fusion of Bhojpuri folk music with Calypso, Soca and Bollywood music.  The genre developed in Trinidad and Tobago and is also popular Guyana, Jamaica, other parts of the CaribbeanFijiMauritius and South Africa. Chutney music emerged mid-20th century and reached a peak of popularity during the 1980s.

Mohammad Sharief recorded two other singles, one on a label called Selection from the Netherlands and the other he self-released. He also recorded an album with the Bwia National Indian Orchestra for Acme Record of Trinidad.

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Catalog number Sam 1001 on Sam’s Production of Den Haag, Netherlands. Released 1976.