Wurdah Ïtah is the second movement of a triptych called Theusz Hamtaahk. When it was recorded, the only movement to have been recorded previously was Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandö. In the texts of the present issue, Christian Vander describes the circumstances leading to his recording the trilogy in reverse order, and only bringing it out on record in its entirety during the year 2000!
Surprisingly enough, this record presented in Christian Vander’s name has always been considered by the inner circle of “initiates” as a Magma album. The recording was made by only four of the seven members of the group at the time, the absentees being Claude Olmos, guitar, Michel Graillier and Gérard Bikialo, keyboards.
What a strange destiny Wurdah Ïtah had! It could have been born as early as Spring 1971, once again on the fringe of the Magma of the time! At a unique concert at The Gibus, Christian Vander, piano and vocal, Klaus Blasquiz vocal, René Garber on bass clarinet, Clément Bailly and Doudou Weiss on drums, offered an acoustic version without any bass, which left the audience in a state of pure shock! The sheer force of the work and the savage determination of the performers left the few dozen lucky spectators present that evening absolutely speechless. Did they ever realise later they’d been present at a unique occasion?