This vibrant ball of joy turned up on a playlist I stumbled upon earlier today, but was also recorded for me on a mix CD a while back, so thank you to the person who first introduced me to this!
Recorded in 1971 by a Belgian-French group called The Yamasuki’s, Yama Yama originally featured as the b-side to the band’s single, Anata Banaka .
The Yamasuki’s was founded by writer/producer, Jean Kluger and French songwriter/producer, Daniel Vangarde (a.k.a Daniel Bangalter – Father of Daft Punk member, Thomas Bangalter). Later that same year, Vangarde and Kluger released the cult LP Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki, which featured Yama Yama amongst its 12 tracks. In order to make the album the duo learnt Japanese before recording began and even enlisted the aid of a renowned black-belt Judo master to introduce the tracks, which were all sung in Japanese by a school choir! The result was a theatrical, epic and completely unique album that defies categorisation. Reissued on CD in 2005, the liner notes perfectly summed up this collection of songs as “a fuzzed-out-educational-multi-cultural psych-rock-opera…. proto-psychedelic hip-hop with overweight drum beats and basslines”…..Listen above!