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Oneness OF Juju - African Rhytms
Tracklist
A1African Rhythms
A2Kazi
A3Funky Wood
A4Tarishi
B1Mashariki
B2Chants
B3Don't Give Up
C1Incognito
C2Poo Too
C3Liberation Dues
D1African Rhythms (45 Version Parts 1 & 2)
D2Afrobeat

Oneness OF Juju
African Rhytms

Strut | Item No: 602625
Vinyl LP | 2002 / UK – Reissue | New
28,99 €
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Item Description
Strut present a brand new edition of Oneness of Juju’s Afro-jazz classic ‘African Rhythms’, originally released on Black Fire in 1975 and first reissued on Strut in 2002.
For bandleader James “Plunky” Branch, ‘African Rhythms’ marked a significant return to his home town of Richmond, Virginia after a politically charged five years based on the East and West coasts. His personal journey had taken him from activism at Columbia University to San Francisco where Zulu musician Ndikho Xaba used theatre to “resurrect” Afro-Americans with a new African identity. The first incarnation of Plunky’s band, Juju, drew attention to the struggle in South Africa under apartheid, layering heavy Afro rhythms under uncompromising avant garde jazz.
Back in Richmond, Plunky tapped into the mid-Atlantic preference for Southern R&B and gospel: “Juju had always been blues-based and it was a natural progression to add R&B and dance rhythms. It didn’t change our message.” Produced by Jimmy Gray of Black Fire Records, the new sessions included the title track (“We wanted a song to dance to with a message – ‘you are dancing to African rhythms’”), the positive message of ‘Don’t Give Up’ and political commentary on ‘Liberation Dues’.
Originally just a regional hit on the East coast and in Washington DC specifically, the album gradually spread, influencing the nascent DC go-go scene. The UK revived the album during the rare groove era of the late ‘80s and the title track has since become a soul-jazz favourite worldwide.
Remastered from the original sessions and featuring rare photos and extensive liner notes, this new repress also features Part 1 and Part 2 of the original 45 version of ‘African Rhythms’ and the previously unheard ‘Afrobeat’, recently unearthed from the original tapes.
Item Details
Item No:602625
Artist:Oneness OF Juju
Titel:African Rhytms
Label:Strut
Format:Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:UK – Reissue
Release Date:2002
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Jazz / Fusion
Available since:19.09.2018
Condition:New
Price:28,99 €
Weight:250g (plus 250g Packaging)
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