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Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Connected in the '80s and '90s to Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation and Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate, and in the 2000s one-third of Sa-Ra, Shafiq Husayn releases his first solo album following an excellent vinyl-only beat suite EP for Poo-Bah. Issued just a little over three months after Sa-Ra's Nuclear Evolution, Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka is a sonically sprawling album in which the balance between spirituality/ancient Egyptian roots and Hollywood perversions -- the Sa-Ra lyrical dichotomy, more or less -- swings all the way to the former. The album cover's resemblance to that of Eddie Kendricks' People...Hold On, with Husayn sitting proudly with a spear directed skyward, doesn't seem ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Connected in the '80s and '90s to Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation and Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate, and in the 2000s one-third of Sa-Ra, Shafiq Husayn releases his first solo album following an excellent vinyl-only beat suite EP for Poo-Bah. Issued just a little over three months after Sa-Ra's Nuclear Evolution, Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka is a sonically sprawling album in which the balance between spirituality/ancient Egyptian roots and Hollywood perversions -- the Sa-Ra lyrical dichotomy, more or less -- swings all the way to the former. The album cover's resemblance to that of Eddie Kendricks' People...Hold On, with Husayn sitting proudly with a spear directed skyward, doesn't seem like mere coincidence. Although this is largely the work of the multi-instrumentalist, producer, vocalist, and occasional MC, a dozen featured collaborations give the album the feel of an informal and relaxed studio session, not unlike a Sa-Ra album. And there is plenty of the expected: advanced mutations of hip-hop, soul, and jazz, with synthesizers emitting funked-up chunks as often as space vapor and grimace-inducing beats that resemble early-'70s Sly & the Family Stone in some kind of star-bound spin cycle. During the album's back half, however, Husayn throws in quite a bit of the unexpected. He touches upon droning Krautrock, harmony-rich dream pop, tropical quiet storm, and dubby psychedelia, and the finale is gorgeous and defiant, with thrumming bass frequencies and singing strings dancing together as a chorus repeats "Devil man's tryin' to hold ya/Break away, rebel soldier." A stimulating, complex, yet loose extension of his stellar contributions to Erykah Badu's New Amerykah, Pt. 1, Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka eclipses Nuclear Evolution, if only slightly, and that's saying a whole lot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Plug Research
  • UPC: 612651009525
  • Catalog Number: 95
  • Sales rank: 118,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro/Electra (0:56)
  2. 2 Nirvana (4:45)
  3. 3 The U.N. Plan (4:53)
  4. 4 Cheeba (5:00)
  5. 5 Lil Girl - Fatima (3:50)
  6. 6 Lost & Found - Jimetta Rose (3:44)
  7. 7 Dust & Kisses - Noni Limar (4:10)
  8. 8 No Moor (3:06)
  9. 9 All Dead (3:14)
  10. 10 Major Heavy - Sonny Coates (4:31)
  11. 11 Evil Man (2:41)
  12. 12 Changes - Stephen Bruner (4:26)
  13. 13 Love Still Hurts (2:18)
  14. 14 Le'Star - Nia Andrews (5:18)
  15. 15 Egypt - Kahil Sadiq (1:41)
  16. 16 The Odd Is C (2:54)
  17. 17 Rebel Soldier (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shafiq Husayn Primary Artist, Synthesizer, scratching, Vocals, Clavinet, Elka, fender rhodes, Juno, Arp Strings
Jesse West Vocals
Kam Vocals
Chris "Daddy" Dave Drums
Dominic Smith Dialogue
Count Bass D Vocals
Peter Rosen Flute
Peter Jacobson Cello
Om'Mas Keith Vocals, fender rhodes
Tony Powers Vocals
Bilal Vocals
Eamon Vocals
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Violin, Viola, fender rhodes
Dusty McKinney Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet
Kahill Vocals
John Taylor Guitar
Stephen Bruner Synthesizer, Electric Bass, Vocals
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Brook D'Leau Juno
Austin Peralta Synthesizer, Piano
Kory Vocals
Rozzi Daime Vocals
Joey Dosik Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Clavinet
Fatima Vocals
Jimetta Rose Vocals
Bokie Vocals
Sonny Coates Guitar, Vocals
Noni Limar Vocals
Josef Leimberg Trumpet, fender rhodes
Tara Speiser Bassoon
Ken Bts. Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Melodica, Elka, Loops, fender rhodes, Arp Strings, Micro Moog, Bullhorn
Myka Miller Oboe
Ty Griffin Synthesizer, Vocals, Micro Moog
Sara Andon Flute, Alto Flute
Nia Andrews Vocals
Fennetta Lowe Vocals
Benjamin Tierney Synthesizer
Erick "Ed" Coomes Bass
Grand Sheik Shaahid Ali El Vocals
Ainjoy McWhorter Baritone Saxophone
Allakoi Peete Percussion, Berimbau
Technical Credits
Erick Labson Mastering
T. Griffin Composer
Shafiq Husayn Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Concept
GB (Gifted & Blessed) Programming
Stephen Bruner Programming
Allen Avanessian Executive Producer
Josef Leimberg Horn Arrangements
Ken Bts. Programming, Engineer
B. Oliver Composer
Andrew Lojero Executive Producer
A. Edwards Composer
T. Powers Composer
K. Stewart Composer
S. Serrato Illustrations
F. Bramme Sey Composer
J. Van Severen Illustrations
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