(Oneness of) Juju
Kozmigroov Albums
Juju - A Message from Mozambique (as Ju Ju) [Strata East, 1973]
Juju Chapter Two: Nia (as Ju Ju) [Strata East, 1974]
African Rhythms [Black Fire, 1975]
Space Jungle Luv [Black Fire, 1976]
Bush Brothers & Space Rangers [Black Fire, 1977]
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African Rhythms - A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s -- and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble -- formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk -- alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s -- and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues". [DustyGroove]