African Rhythms (Limited Edition LP)


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Format: LP 
Label: Now Again 
Year: 2020 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

A1 African Rhythms 
A2 Kazi 
A3 Funky Wood 
A4 Tarishi 
A5 Mashariki 

B1 Chants 
B2 Don't Give Up 
B3 Incognito 
B4 Poo Too 
B5 Liberation Dues 

Originally released in 1975. 

PERSONNEL: 

Balafon, Congas, Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Babatunde 
Bass, Percussion, Vocals – Muzi Nkabinde 
Clavinet, Electric Piano, Piano, Percussion, Vocals – Al Hammel Rasul 
Drums – Ronnie Toler 
Flute, Percussion, Producer, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Plunky Nkabinde 
Marimba, Vibraphone – Lon Moshe 
Vocals – Eka-Ete Jackie Lewis 

Magical, mystical, Afrocentric, progressive -- words that could be used to describe any number of musical compositions by Sun Ra or his cosmic brothers and sisters, from John to Alice Coltrane, early '70s projects on record labels like Detroit's Tribe or Houston's Lightnin' or the interests of one Washington, DC native named Jimmy Gray that centered under one, perfect moniker: Black Fire. 

Gray spent nearly three decades pushing boundaries as a Black American promoter, distributor and, finally, record label owner. Together with Oneness of Juju's leader James 'Plunky Nkabinde' Branch, Gray oversaw sixteen releases on Black Fire Records between 1975 and 1996. 

These are the definitive reissues of the label's key titles. With this set, Oneness Of Juju and Black Fire's story burns forth into its fifth decade, its message not tempered, its sound pure. It's cycle, once again, complete. Each release is packaged in a thick, tip-on sleeve and includes a deluxe booklet with extensive notes on the album, the Black Fire collective, and the musical and cultural revolution they created. 

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