Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I have two LP’s and one EP by Jossy & Jacques Halland: two Jiddish artists who had a little cabaret in Amsterdam from the mid-fifties to the early eighties. I knew almost nothing about these people and their cabaret, although I have these records for decades. Because I wanted to write something about them in my column for “Z”, I did a little Google search last night.
I didn’t find much, but enough to keep my searching for more. In 1989 Pegasus published a book about Jossy &Jacques Halland and their Li La Lo cabaret, written by Dick Walda and Will Boezeman. Usually I don’t like it when I end up on links to sell sites when I search for information, but in this case it came out quite handy.
The best Google find was a site where an 1963 interview can be heard, and some great songs too.
I have an interest in the strange Jewish believes about the Tora. That is not a subject for here and now, but I will sure come back to this one day later. I also like to hear Jiddish: so many Jiddish words have become integrated in Amsterdam slang! Just to hear these words being pronounced by somebody who can do it good, makes my day.
The EP is released in 196? on Pegafoon (Amsterdam), with four songs on it and with a beautiful fold out sleeve. The LP’s are released in 1969 by Schuster records (Germany). They contain over 25 songs, mainly in Jiddish, and both LP’s have extremely ugly sleeves. But here is a song from the first LP, about the Waterlooplein, sung in Dutch.