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MASSADA LATIN DANCE

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Uploaded on Oct 18, 2010

I DO NOT OWN THIS VIDEO. © (c)Copyright belongs to the rightful owner Massada is a Dutch-Moluccan band named after the Jewish town long besieged by the Romans. The members combine their Moluccan heritage with Latin-percussion rhythms. The line-up has changed through the years with lead singer Johny Manuhutu being the sole constant member.Johnny Manuhutu was born in Cirebon, Java in 1949 as the son of a local-based Moluccan soldier. It was the same year that Indonesia gained independency from Dutch colonialism while the Moluccans were denied a republic of their own. Trying to solve a difficult situation, the Dutch government brought the Moluccan soldiers and their families over to the Netherlands while trouble lasted; they ended up staying there.Johnny arrived early 1951 in a converted deportation camp in Huizen, halfway Amsterdam and Hilversum. "Not the type of place you'd wish on your dog but we lived there for 20 years" he told Aloha magazine in 2004. "I think we had a more carefree youth than most Dutch kids ever had".Growing up with his brothers Eppy and Jopie, Johnny was exposed to a musical diet of Nat King Cole, Perry Como, soul and Santana. In 1963 he formed a band with other boys from the camp including bass-player Usje Sabander. The Eagles mainly performed at Moluccan weddings and discos. With the arrival of New Guinea-born guitarist Chris Latul, Johnny switched to vocals and percussion.In 1973, when their US-namesakes started having hits in Europe, the Eagles re-christened themselves to Massada; a well-chosen decision. Johnny: "I looked to Israel as an example of a small country fighting the hostile neighbour; that's exactly how we felt". By this time Eppy Manuhutu (drums) and Zeth Mustamu (percussion) joined the band; Nino Latuny (guitar) and Frans Eschauzier (keys) were later additions.The hard-gigging Massada (five to six times a week) invested their earnings in a PA-system, recruited Jopie as one of the roadcrew-members and took a manager. Johnny refers to Joke Zonneveld as "a B" due to her no nonsense-attitude. "She could be tough but she's been good to us".On February 26, 1975 music monthly Oor staged an unsigned bands' evening at the Amsterdam Paradiso. Massada, augmented by additional percussionist Nippy Noya, grabbed the most attention and were offered a record contract; they turned it down because "We're not ready yet". Noya, an in-demand musician, left in 1976 but remained available for guest-appearances.Massada's rise to the top coincided with rebellious actions by Moluccans who were disappointed that things weren't happening after more than 25 years; hijacking trains, taking school children hostage. Pro-RMS though they were, Massada diaspproved said actions but inevitably paid the price by seeing several gigs cancelled in case hell would break loose. But in other places they were given the opportunity to explain what was going on, even though the subject would haunt them for years to come.

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