Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Professeur Kakino de Paz
June 6, 2010, 6:30 am
Filed under: Tunisia

Teksim Rasd

Information is not static… Especially when the internet is your primary source.

When I first got this record, I could not find anything on the good Professeur. I e-mailed a few of my contacts, and they turned up nothing. Then when I sat down to write this post, out of nowhere – Voila! A Wikipedia post magically appears (en français, bien sûr).

Kakino Isaac de Paz was born on July 12th, 1919 in the Ariana region of Tunisia. After losing his site at a young age, he immersed himself in music and became a virtuoso on accordion, piano, qanún (zither), oud and violin. In 1946, Kakino joined the Tunis Municipal Orchestra and the Orchestra of La Rachidia. Three years later, he became conductor of a weekly radio program on Radio Tunis. In 1956, Kakino moved to Paris where he worked with Enrico Macias and Brigitte Fontaine – to name a few. He continued to live and work in Paris until his death December 7th of 1983.

Catalog number 1060 on Sono L’Aube of Paris, France. No release date listed.

Omnya (Peace Band)
February 21, 2009, 10:32 pm
Filed under: Tunisia


Writing about music, at least for me, is a somewhat laborious process. It is definitely much less enjoyable than actually just listening to it. Even though in high school I was voted most likely to write for Rolling Stone, I’ve always thought that my writing skills were… Well, let’s just say it could use some work. But I keep slugging away at it, like a monkey with a typewriter.

For the most part, in these posts I try not to pass judgment on the music. I usually try to find as much information as I can, slap it all together, and voila – another post is hurled into cyberspace. Although I do think that the historical and geographical context is important and can temper the listener’s opinion, I believe that the music pretty much speaks for itself. But there are many times when I get a record and have nothing to go on. I start searching the interwebs, e-mailing a few contacts… Nothing. What then?

Unlike the record that I thought was from there, I am pretty sure that these guys were actually from Tunisia. The record was self released with no information about where the songs were recorded, or the address of the label that released it – only a phone number. On the back, it lists the musicians including the principle singer / songwriter “Mahjoub H.”, who also released the record. The only real clue, is that it says “Presse Ennagham” on the bottom of the back cover. Disques Ennagham was a Tunisian label that had their own pressing plant. Other than that, I know the band’s name, Omnya, translates as “Hope”, but song title “Yendam” means “Regret”.

Thanks to Alan Bishop, Anis Bousbia and Hicham Chadly for their help. If you any information about the band, please contact me.

Catalog number A. 77 001 on Omnya, pressed by Disques Ennagham of Tunisia, released 1977.

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…”