Aie A Mwana (John Luongo Remix) - Bananarama


Aie A Mwana (John Luongo Remix) (1982) (6'51) - Bananarama.
Written by Jean Kluger & Daniel Vanguarde (father of Daft Punk member, Thomas Bangalter).
Produced by Paul Cook (of Sex Pistols) & John Martin.
Remixed by John Luongo.
(P) 1981 The Decca Record Company Ltd.

N.B. Aie A Mwana (John Luongo Remix) is the same mix as Aie A Mwana (U.S. Extended Version) that may be found elsewhere on this blog.

"Aie a Mwana was the first single released by Bananarama. Group members originally recorded the track as a demo and ultimately it was the demo version that was pressed onto the record. Originally released as a stand-alone single, Aie a Mwana was eventually added to the group's debut album Deep Sea Skiving in a remixed and more polished version two years later.

Bananarama's previous experience in a recording studio was recording unused background vocals for the Department S b-side Solid Gold Easy Action, a T. Rex cover. Prompted by friend and early supporter Paul Cook (of Sex Pistols), Bananarama decided to release their own single. As they had been including several cover versions in their repertoire (including later hit Venus), they decided on the song which had been recorded by Black Blood, sung in Swahili, which they had heard in a French disco. Group members Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward had to learn to sing the song phonetically. The tropical nature of the single inspired the group's name: banana coming from the vibe of Aie a Mwana and -rama added to the end as a nod to an early Roxy Music song called Pyjamarama.

The single was issued by the independent label Demon Records and failed to chart in the UK. Write-ups in the English music and fashion press (NME, The Face) caught the attention of Terry Hall, who invited Bananarama to sing on his new vocal group Fun Boy Three's next single" - Source: Wikipedia (03-10-16).

Aie A Mwana (John Luongo Remix) appears as Aie A Mwana on Side 2 of the U.S. 12" vinyl pressing of He Was Really Sayin' Somethin', Cat. No. 2-56936.

Track listing for the U.S. 12" vinyl pressing of He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' released in 1982 on London Records. Cat. No. 2-56936:

Side 1

1. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' / 7'54

Written by Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson and Edward Holland, Jr.
Produced by Fun Boy Three and Dave Jordan.
Remixed by John Luongo.
(P) 1982 The Decca Record Company Ltd.

Side 2

1. Aie A Mwana / 7'54
2. Aie A Mwana (Dub Mix) / 4'38

Written by Jean Kluger & Daniel Vanguarde.
Produced by Paul Cook & John Martin.
Remixed by John Luongo.
(P) 1981 The Decca Record Company Ltd.

Track listing for the U.S. vinyl pressing of Deep Sea Skiving released in 1983 on London Records. Cat. No. 422-810 102:

Side 1

1. Shy Boy (Don't It Make You Feel Good) / 3'35
2. Doctor Love / 3'40
3. He Was Really Sayin' Something / 3'44 *
4. What A Shambles / 3'34
5. Cheers Then / 3'30 *
Side 2

1. Hey Young London / 3'52
2. Young At Heart / 3'10
3. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye / 3'28
4. Boy Trouble / 3'10 *
5. Wish You were Here / 3'48

(P) * 1982, 1983 Decca Records Company Ltd.

Check Out More Great Music By Bananarama:

Aie A Mwana (John Luongo Dub Mix) (1982) (4'41) - Bananarama.
Aie A Mwana (U.S. Dub) (1982) (4'41) - Bananarama.

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Bananarama.
John Luongo.

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Feel Me (12" John Luongo Mix) (1982) (7'03) - Blancmange.

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Front of record sleeve for US 12" vinyl pressing
of "Aie A Mwana". The Decca Record Company Ltd.
Cat. No. LLD 101. Image courtesy of Discogs.com

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