I just spoke with Kirby Allen who
told me that Chaino passed away yesterday,
July 8, at the age of 71 of a heart attack,
the result of surgery to remove a
Chaino was born in Philly, raised in Chicago,
then came to LA, where he met
I'm getting a list from Kirby of TV and
movies from the early 60s that
featured Chaino and Kirby's music or screen
Chaino and Kirby appear in two films, "The
Devil's Hand", and "Nighttide."
Sorry for the bad news folks.
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The African and Caribbean influenced enigmatic
drummer CHAINO, "the
percussion genius of Africa" passed away
July 8, at the age of 71 of
a heart attack, the result of surgery
to remove a brain tumor.
Words somehow fail to describe CHAINO'S
unearthly mix of staccato
drumming , eerie chants, grunts and female
panting as heard on long
out-of-print albums like "Jungle Mating
Rhythms, "Jungle Echoes" and
"Africana". According to liner notes of
one album, "CHAINO is the
only survivor of a lost race of people
from the wilds of the jungle
in a remote part of central Africa where
few white men have ever
been" (In reality, CHAINO was born in
Philly, raised in Chicago, then
came to LA, where he met and recorded
with producer Kirby Allan).
Liners on another album boasted that "CHAINO
could play seven or more
drums at the same time, with such a blur
of speed that you can hardly
see his hands".
The theme to the Ren & Stimpy Show,
"Dog Pound Hop" was inspired by
CHAINO's version of "Bongo Rock".
CHAINO appears in two films, "The
Devil's Hand", and "Night