African Rhythms

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All Music Guide - John Bush
From a trailblazing band featuring members well-versed in jazz, funk, gospel, and African music, the debut album by the Oneness of Juju displayed a group playing with the dexterity of Kool & the Gang, the forward-thinking musical ideas of Herbie Hancock, and the social consciousness of Gil Scott-Heron. The title track is fiercely kinetic, with vocal choruses prodding listeners to dance and Plunky's echo-drenched saxophone floating serenely over the top of a funky space-jazz backing. Elsewhere, the band lapses into a few dated mid-'70s arrangements reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders, Lonnie Liston Smith, etc., but the playing is always wonderful -- Plunky especially ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
From a trailblazing band featuring members well-versed in jazz, funk, gospel, and African music, the debut album by the Oneness of Juju displayed a group playing with the dexterity of Kool & the Gang, the forward-thinking musical ideas of Herbie Hancock, and the social consciousness of Gil Scott-Heron. The title track is fiercely kinetic, with vocal choruses prodding listeners to dance and Plunky's echo-drenched saxophone floating serenely over the top of a funky space-jazz backing. Elsewhere, the band lapses into a few dated mid-'70s arrangements reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders, Lonnie Liston Smith, etc., but the playing is always wonderful -- Plunky especially distinguishes himself in many different modes -- and the production is crystalline. "Don't Give Up" and "Liberation Dues" are two other highlights, with positive-minded chants and funky arrangements. [In early 2002, the British jazz/funk/world reissue label Strut brought African Rhythms back from the brink, with two bonus tracks: an instrumental version of "Liberation Dues" and the single version of "African Rhythms."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Black Fire
  • UPC: 093652331615
  • Catalog Number: 19751

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 African Rhythms (7:18)
  2. 2 Kazi (4:20)
  3. 3 Funky Wood (1:13)
  4. 4 Tarishi (3:55)
  5. 5 Mashariki (3:25)
  6. 6 Chants (1:14)
  7. 7 Don't Give Up (5:43)
  8. 8 Incognito (8:14)
  9. 9 Poo Too (3:43)
  10. 10 Liberation Dues (4:36)
  11. 11 Liberation Dues (9:07)
  12. 12 African Rhythms (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oneness of Juju Primary Artist
Joe Bonner Piano
Bilal Sunni Ali Flute
Marvin Daniels Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Shekere
Tony Green Percussion, Drums
Nathaniel Lee Piano
Rafael Solano Percussion, Conga
Ben Wilson Vibes
Kevin Davis Conga, Drums, Timbales
Judith Spears Vocals
Okeryema Asante Percussion, Leader, Vocals, Bells, Chant, talking drum, Log Drums, African Drums
Weldon Hill Organ
Veronica "Nilaja" Jones Background Vocals
Marcus Macklin Rhythm Guitar
Virtania "Cookie" Tillery Vocals, Background Vocals
Ronnie Toler Drums
Alfredo Mojica Timbales
Andre Thomas Drums
Ndikho Xaba Percussion, Piano, Conga, Bells, Bullhorn
Richard Watkins Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Marzette Watts Remixing
Oneness of Juju Arranger, Producer
Jack Knepley Engineer
Ndikho Xaba Arranger
Chris Menist Liner Notes
Jim Watkins Engineer
Quinton Scott Sleeve Notes
Toni Rossano Contributor
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