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Umoja is the seventh album from the Dutch band BLØF, released on March 3, 2006. It was produced with help of many foreign artists. It had already been sold 50.000 times before it was released, and was the number one album sold in the Netherlands in the month after the release date. The title of the album is Swahili for 'be one'.

Umoja
Studio album by BLØF
Released March 3, 2006
Recorded 2003–2005
Length 60:05
Label EMI
Producer BLØF, Holger Schwedt
BLØF chronology
Het Eind Van Het Begin
(2005)Het Eind Van Het Begin2005
Umoja
(2006)
XXS
(2006)XXS2006
Singles from Umoja
  1. "Aanzoek Zonder Ringen"
    Released: January 9, 2006
  2. "Hemingway"
    Released: May 5, 2006
  3. "Mens"
    Released: September 2006
  4. "Een Manier Om Thuis Te Komen"
    Released: November 17, 2006
  5. "Donker Hart"
    Released: 2007

A documentary about the album was made in September 2007.

Contents

Track listingEdit

Track Title English translation Made in Recorded Length
01 Binnenstebuiten (Yele) Inside out Nairobi, Kenya October 2003 6:03
02 Mens Human Antalya, Turkey December 2003 3:56
03 Aanzoek Zonder Ringen Proposal without rings Sado, Japan September 2005 4:43
04 Hemingway Hemingway Havana, Cuba March 2004 3:41
05 Wennen Aan September Getting used to September New York City, United States July 2004 4:19
06 Geen Tango Not a tango Buenos Aires, Argentina January 2005 4:37
07 Laag Bij De Grond Close to the ground Lagos, Nigeria September 2004 4:21
08 Herinnering Aan Later Memory of later Óbidos, Portugal June 2004 3:19
09 Vreemde Wegen Unknown roads Celbridge, Ireland October 2005 4:16
10 Donker Hart Dark heart St. Petersburg, Russia November 2005 4:07
11 Een Manier Om Thuis Te Komen A way to get home Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan May 2005 5:11
12 De Hemel Is De Aarde Heaven is earth Adelaide River, Australia September 2005 4:31
13 Eén En Alleen One and alone New Delhi, India March 2005 7:01

PersonnelEdit

 
The thirteen countries where BLØF recorded Umoja.[1]

[2]

BLØFEdit

Additional musiciansEdit

Binnenstebuiten (Yele)Edit

  • Harry Kimani – vocals
  • George Odero Achieng – orutu
  • Ongeri "Magao" Magati – percussion
  • Charles Obuya "Charlotti" Owino – percussion
  • Wicyllffe Chagala "Kaboge" Idah – percussion
  • Urvin Magarita – percussion

Lyrics translated by Harry Kimani

MensEdit

Aanzoek Zonder RingenEdit

  • Kodo
    • Tsubasa Hori – oke gun
    • Eiichi Saito – oke daiko
    • Yoshie Sunahata – oke daiko
    • Tomohiro Mitome – chu daiko
    • Kazuki Imagai – chu daiko
    • Mitsuru Ishizuka – hirado

HemingwayEdit

  • Eliades Ochoa – vocals & guitar
  • Alberto Rodriguez Pineda – tres
  • Haruhiko Kono – quiro
  • Gustav Klimt Kwartet

Arrangement by Tom Bakker

Lyrics translated by Annet Jimènez Rodriguez and Peter Slager

Wennen Aan SeptemberEdit

Dutch lyrics by Peter Slager, English lyrics by Adam Duritz

Geen TangoEdit

  • Carel Kraayenhof – bandoneón
  • Orquesta Tipica Sans Souci
    • Leonardo Ferreya – violin
    • Fabian Bertero – violin
    • Guillermo Ferreyra – violin
    • Sophie Lussi – violin
    • Felipe Ricciardi – bandoneón
    • Raúl Salvetti – bandoneón
    • Afredo Gomez – bandoneón
    • Eleonora Ferreyra – bandoneón
    • Silvio Acosta – double bass
    • Leonardo Fabricio Fernández – piano

Arrangement by Carel Kraayenhof and Tom Bakker

Laag Bij De GrondEdit

  • Femi Kuti – vocals, saxophone
  • Saidi Obara – percussion
  • Adekunle Adeyemi – percussion
  • Tiwalade Ogunlowo – trombone
  • Emmanuel Abowoba – saxophone
  • Olugbenga Laleye – trumpet
  • Tayo Olajide – vocals, dancing
  • Anthonia Bernards – vocals, dancing
  • Yemi Oriyomi – vocals, dancing
  • Comfort Adenike Michael – vocals, dancing
  • Olayinka Anjorin – vocals, dancing

Herinnering Aan LaterEdit

Lyrics translation by Mila Vidal Paletti, Cristina Branco and Peter Slager

Vreemde WegenEdit

Donker HartEdit

  • Natalia Sergeeva – violin
  • Liana Zingarenko – violin
  • Olga Vikovisheva – viola
  • Liubov Pavlova – cello
  • Elena Abrosimova – double bass

Arrangement by Peter Bauwens

Een Manier Om Thuis Te KomenEdit

  • Jigme Drukpa – vocals, dranyen & lim
  • Ugyen Tshewang – cymbals
  • Dung Norbu – horn
  • Tsagay – horn
  • Tashi Wangchuk – drum

De Hemel Is De AardeEdit

Eén En AlleenEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official website on Umoja
  2. ^ Umoja (Media notes). BLØF. 2006.