Saturday, February 24, 2007

Okyerema Asante: Drum Message

Recorded June 3, 1976 & September 14, 1977 at Arrest Recording Studios in Washington DC.

Released on Black Fire Records (catalog # BF 19803)

Okyerema Asante: African Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Chants, Whistles, Bells
Plunky Branch: Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax, Shekere, Vocals, Flute
Muzi Branch: Electric Bass, Shekere
Brian Jackson: Piano
Andrea Thomas: Trap Drums
Judy Spears: Vocals
Iceman Ron Wallace: Vocals
Ras Mel Glover: Electric Guitar
Bilal Suni Ali: Flute
Timothy Hall: Piano, Synthesizer
Sister Tee: Violin
Simbo: Berimbeau, Congas
1. Drum Message
2. Asante Sana
3. Follow Me
4. Sabi
5. Mother Africa
6. Never Fly Away From the Funk
7. Play a Sweet Rhythm on Them Drums
8. Adowa
9. Sabi (Black Fire Mix)
10. Kazi's Awakening
11. To the Ancestors
If you're familiar with Plunky Branch's classic Oneness of Juju band from the mid to late 1970s, you will know what to expect. Sounds a bit like the classic African Rhythms album, but with much more emphasis on percussion. As far as I know, the album has never seen a proper reissue.

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