Friday, November 8, 2013

Various - Oneness Of Juju. African Rhythms. 1970-1982


Year : 2001
Label : Strut
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Jazz Funk, Spiritual, Afrobeat, Disco

This compilation gathers on 3xLP, several recordings of the legendary Afro-Jazz formation created by multi-instrumentalist James 'Plunky' Branch. Their most active and prolific years were spent on the New York scene in the seventies. Most of their productions were releseased for Strata East & Black Fire labels, under various names, the best-known being Oneness Of Juju. Their musical style explores as well as Spiritual Jazz (No Name # III / Love Is... / My Nigger & Me), experimental (Nairobi/Chants), Afrobeat (Follow Me), Funk/Soul (Be About The Future, Got To Be Right On It ) and even Disco (Plastic, Every Way But Loose ). Titles include selected tracks in conjunction with James Branch, some best recordings, the most famous is African Rhythms, releseased as Juju, Oneness Of Juju, Plunky & Oneness Of Juju but also solo band member and some project featuring Juju' leader and others as Lon Moshe or the ghanaian drummer & percussionist  Okyerema Asante. Available in Enhanced Edition 2xCD (highly recommended !) offering twelve more titles.

  • tracks 1 to 3, 5, 8, 9 & 13 performed by Oneness Of Juju 
  • track 4 performed by Roach Om (probably Lon Moshe)
  • track 7 performed under the name of Juju & The Space Rangers  
  • track 10 performed under the name of Plunky & Oneness Of Juju 
  • tracks 11 & 12 performed by Okyerema Asante & Plunky 
  • track 13 performed under the name of Ju Ju 
  • track 4 extracted from Universal Expressions LP (1971)  
  • track 13 from A Message From Mozambique LP (1973)  
  • tracks 1 & 5 from African Rhythms LP (1975)
  • tracks 2, 3 & 8 from Space Jungle Luv LP (1976)
  • track 6 from Bush Brothers & Space Rangers LP (1977)  
  • tracks 11 & 12 from Okyerema Asante' Drum Message LP (1977)  
  • track 7 from 45rpm  Plastic / Got To Be Right On It ‎ (7") (1978)  
  • track 10 from Make A Change~Every Way But Loose LP (1980~1982)

01. African Rhythms
02. Follow Me
03. River Luv Rite
04. No Name # III / Love Is... / My Nigger & Me
05. Chants / Don't Give Up
06. Be About The Future
07. Got To Be Right On It (Original 45 Version)
08. Space Jungle Funk
09. West Wind (Previously Unreleased)
10. Every Way But Loose
11. Sabi
12. Asante Sana
13. Nairobi / Chants

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