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Out This Week – Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula And Jazz Afrika 1966 – 1984

Like Fela Kuti and other eminent international figures of African music, South Africa’s Julian Bahula created a unique synthesis of [...] Read More…

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Stream “Abbey’s Body” from Spirit Of Malombo

As the release of the Spirit Of Malombo release approaches (it’s not next week!) we have another track for you [...] Read More…

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Mike Huckaby Re-Edits Sun Ra

Legendary Detroit house producer Mike Huckaby has already established his skill for editing classic Sun Ra material. With our compilation [...] Read More…

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Video Interview: Marshall Allen And Other Arkestra Members Reflect On Sun Ra

Long-time members of the Sun Ra Arkestra Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Michael Ray and Knoel Scott reflect on the [...] Read More…

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A Heavy Afrobeat Take On James Brown from Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Here’s another taste of the upcoming Orlando Julius & Heliocentrics collaborative album, and what a monster it is! Hailing from [...] Read More…

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Deep Into The World Of Sun Ra

Sun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what [...] Read More…

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Hear A New Track From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Nigerian saxophone legend Orlando Julius’ collaboration with UK psychedelic jazz outfit The Heliocentrics is one of the most satisfying and [...] Read More…

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New Collaborative Album From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

This fall, we’re extremely proud to announce the first ever internationally released new studio album by one of the all-time [...] Read More…

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Out This Week – Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula And Jazz Afrika 1966 – 1984

STRUT119CDLike Fela Kuti and other eminent international figures of African music, South Africa’s Julian Bahula created a unique synthesis of western popular music and the traditional music of his home country, spreading his culture to an international audience as well as creating awareness for political issues affecting his homeland. In contrast to Kuti however, Bahula’s primary musical vehicle is jazz, and his story remains largely untold. Our Spirit of Malombo collection sheds light on a visionary musician, a prolific creator, and a tireless advocate for equality in South Africa.

In the early 60s, Bahula introduced indigenous malombo drums alongside guitar and flute to create a strong new cultural jazz fusion. Through various line-ups and name changes, Bahula had established himself by the end of the decade as the leader of South Africa’s foremost afro-centric jazz groups.

As the pressure of apartheid started to bear down, Julian Bahula escaped to political exile in the UK, where he formed a new afro super-group, Jabula, through which malombo music was transformed into a vehicle that could take a powerful political message from South Africa to audiences in Europe and across the world. The band worked closely and selflessly with the exiled ANC, the Anti-Apartheid Movement and other anti-apartheid organisations to help spread political awareness.

In ’83, Bahula and his wife Liza set up the first concert in the UK to raise awareness for Nelson Mandela, ‘African Sounds’, an event that helped to kick-start the international pressure that would lead to Mandela’s release in 1990. The Specials’ Jerry Dammers was there and was inspired by Jabula’s track ‘Mandela’ to write the huge hit for The Special AKA, ‘Nelson Mandela’.

Spirit Of Malombo documents Bahula’s incredible musical journey from 1966 to 1984 for the first time. Package includes rare photos, poster artwork and memorabilia with extensive sleeve notes from author Francis Gooding. The cover features a still from leading South African photographer, Ernest Cole. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store.

Stream “Abbey’s Body” from Spirit Of Malombo

MalomboPressPic3As the release of the Spirit Of Malombo release approaches (it’s not next week!) we have another track for you to hear, via Wax Poetics. ‘Abbey’s Body’ appeared on the 1966 Malompo Jazz LP. After the departure of Tabane, Cindi had taken on compositional duties for the group and all the tracks on Malompo Jazz were penned by the flautist.

Spirit of Malombo is out October 20th 2014. Pre-orders are available on iTunes, and the Strut Store.

Mike Huckaby Re-Edits Sun Ra

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Legendary Detroit house producer Mike Huckaby has already established his skill for editing classic Sun Ra material. With our compilation In The Orbit Of Ra out now, Huckaby has generously offered a new edit of one of the songs included on the collection. Here is take on “The Lady With The Golden Stockings” below.

Huckaby’s thoughts on his work with Sun Ra’s music:
As a Sun Ra fan, it has been a pleasure to be able to do an edit of Sun Ra material. Sometimes its more of a restoration project, than it is an opportunity to do an edit. In any case, the goal is always to preserve the original integrity, and direction of the song, while somehow making it appealing to an new and emerging fan base of listeners from the traditional school, and emerging electronic market. Sun Ra’s fan base, and listeners might be changing and expanding, but you can always expect the end result of my work to highly respect the integrity of the original version. My version emphasizes the flute and percussive parts in this song.

In the Orbit Of Ra is available now in your favorite record shop, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store.

Video Interview: Marshall Allen And Other Arkestra Members Reflect On Sun Ra

SunRA_EPK_stillLong-time members of the Sun Ra Arkestra Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Michael Ray and Knoel Scott reflect on the life and influence of Sun Ra in a rare new interview with Art Yard’s Peter Dennett. Includes footage of the fabled Sun Ra house in Germantown, Philadelphia.

In The Orbit Of Ra, presented by Marshall Allen and mastered from the original tapes, is out September 22nd. Orders are available on iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store.

Video: Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics In The Studio

Orlando Julius studio cropIn a behind-the-scenes look into the recording studio, The Heliocentrics and Orlando Julius talk about their collaborative album Jaiyede Afro. Malcolm Catto, the drummer and leader of The Heliocentrics mentions his desire to bring a psychedelic edge to the sessions, in the manner of some of his favorite African recordings by groups like the Psychedelic Aliens and others. Orlando Julius also gives the background on a few of his songs.

The Jaiyede Afro album is out September 8th, and can be ordered now on iTunes, with the track “Buje Buje” available instantly. CDs and limited 180 gram LPs are also available for pre-order from the Strut store.

A Heavy Afrobeat Take On James Brown from Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Malcolm square medHere’s another taste of the upcoming Orlando Julius & Heliocentrics collaborative album, and what a monster it is! Hailing from Nigeria and London respectively, Julius and the Heliocentrics (lead by drummer Malcolm Catto) have a unique perspective on American soul music. Their take on a James Brown cut from the Popcorn album keeps the playing tight enough for the Godfather of Soul, while adding a new feel all their own.

The Jaiyede Afro album is out September 8th, and can be pre-ordered now on iTunes, with the track “Buje Buje” available instantly. CDs and limited 180 gram LPs are also available for pre-order from the Strut store.

Jake Ferguson of The Heliocentrics on “In The Middle:”
“We’ve all been big fans of James Brown since we’ve been involved in music and have played ‘In The Middle’ regularly on our live tours. It felt like a natural fit for the Orlando project, particularly as we have added an Afro swing to the track. We first played the track with Orlando at a London gig last year and he got into it in the studio straight away – his sax solo here was the very first take. James Brown and his band loved Orlando when they saw him play in Ibadan back in the ‘60s and the two of them met up and talked at J.B.’s hotel. So, for lots of reasons, this felt like a natural one to include.”

 

Deep Into The World Of Sun Ra

In The Orbit Of Ra final cover web RGBSun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what would have been Ra’s 100th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Art Yard for a very special release. In The Orbit Of Ra is a new collection presented by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Sun Ra highights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, all mastered from the original tapes.

Hear the pristine masters for one of our favorite Sun Ra tracks, “Plutonian Nights,” below, and an instant download of the track is available with pre-orders of the full album.  Out September 22nd, In The Orbit Of Ra will be available on 2CD, 2LP and digital formats. Physical formats feature full interview with Marshall Allen along with rare and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer.

Pre-orders for the 2CD and 2LP editions are also available via the Strut Store.

Tracklist

CD 1

1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
4. SUN RA – SPONTANEOUS SIMPLICITY 7.54
5. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20
6. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
7. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
8. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18
9. SUN RA – SOLAR DIFFERENTIALS 6.20

CD 2

1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
3. SUN RA – DANCE OF THE COSMO ALIENS (Live In Milan, 1978) 11.00
4. SUN RA – TRYING TO PUT THE BLAME ON ME (Live In Rome, 1977 – previously unreleased) 3.37
5. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – PLANET EARTH 4.55
6. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – THE NILE 4.55
7. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
8. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
9. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15
10. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – INTERPLANETARY MUSIC 2.40
11. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21

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LP (vinyl edition also includes both CD discs as free insert)

A1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
A2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
A3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
A4. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20

B1. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
B2. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
B3. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18

C1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
C2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
C3. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21

D1. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
D2. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
D3. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15

Hear A New Track From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Orlando Julius portrait 2 crop med bwNigerian saxophone legend Orlando Julius’ collaboration with UK psychedelic jazz outfit The Heliocentrics is one of the most satisfying and progressive Afrobeat projects to come along in a while. The full album is due September 8th, but you can hear the lead track “Buje Buje” below.

The Jaiyede Afro album can be pre-ordered now on iTunes, with the track “Buje Buje” available instantly.

Orlando Julius on “Buje Buje:”
“My parents used to tell us stories, folk tales and there were a lot of different stories involving tortoises – they often made tortoises sound like human beings. There was one about a tortoise who had a farm and I always thought, ‘how could a tortoise have a farm?!’ This tortoise is working on his farm and a pretty lady is passing by. So, he cuts his foot with his cutlass and pretends that he is injured so that he can get her attention. The lady comes over and tries to help him and he says, ‘I can’t work with this cut. Could I climb on your back to go to get help?’ She agrees, he climbs on her back and she starts to walk. He says, ‘I’m too far up, could you push me further down your back?’ Finally, the lady realises that he is up to no good, she is very unhappy and tells him to find his own way. Once she has left, the tortoise continues to play this trick on other women.

“I made the story into a song and brought human nature into it – good people and bad people. The song teaches us not to copy something that is bad, fake or deceptive.”

New Collaborative Album From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Orlando final coverThis fall, we’re extremely proud to announce the first ever internationally released new studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, backed by the incredibly versatile London outfit The Heliocentrics.

On Jaiyede Afro, Julius takes us back to his roots, revisiting several compositions from his early years which have never previously been recorded. The album was recorded at the Heliocentrics’ fully analogue studio in North London.  Like their their memorable collaborations with Mulatu Astatke and Lloyd Miller, the band takes Orlando’s sound into new, progressive directions, retaining the raw grit of his early work and adding psychedelic touches and adventurous new arrangements.

Jaiyede Afro is released September 9th on CD, 2xLP and digital formats. The physical formats feature new photos from the recording sessions by Alexis Maryon and track by track interview with Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics. The release will be supported by a full European touring schedule.

Our vinyl-only re-issue of Julius’ classic album Super Afro Soul is available now in the Strut Store. Stream “Efoye So” below.

Cornell Campbell & Soothsayers Live in London July 12th 2014

We are please to announce that Reggae legend Cornell Campbell returns to the UK for an exclusive London date with Soothsayers on 12th July at The Forge in Camden.

Fantastic gig if you haven’t yet caught them live!

For full information and tickets for the show, head on over to The Forge website.

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