Ju Ju* ‎– A Message From Mozambique

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Strata-East ‎– SES 19735
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A1 (Struggle) Home
Written-By – Plunky Nkabinde
16:10
A2 Soledad Brothers
Written-By – Al-Hammel Rasul*
5:15
B1 Freedom Fighter
Written-By – Jalango*
3:25
B2 Make Yor Own Revolution Now
Written-By – Lon Moshe
11:05
B3 Father Is Back
Written-By – Babatunde*
2:05
B4 Nairobi/Chants (Traditional)
Written-By – Ndikho Xaba
8:00

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Recorded: September, 1972. S.F. Cal.
Group properly credited on release as Ju Ju
A1-B3: JuJu Raga - BMI
A4: Nonkosi Music

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  • Matrix / Runout (B): SES 19735 B
  • Matrix / Runout (A): SES 19735 A
  • Matrix / Runout (A, B): S/W
  • Rights Society (A1, A, B1 to B3): BMI
  • Rights Society (B4): ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SES 19735 Ju Ju* A Message From Mozambique(LP, Album) Strata-East SES 19735 US 1973 Sell This Version
PCD-3896 Ju Ju* A Message From Mozambique(CD, Album, RE) P-Vine Records PCD-3896 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
SES-19735 Juju (9) A Message From Mozambique(LP, Album, RE, TP) Black Fire SES-19735 US Unknown Sell This Version
SES-19735 Juju (9) A Message From Mozambique(LP, Album, RE) Black Fire SES-19735 US Unknown Sell This Version
NB19735 Juju (9) A Message From Mozambique(CD, Album, RE) Name Brand Records NB19735 US 1994 Sell This Version

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monohub

monohub

June 13, 2008
This is a very 'out' recording that was described by Plunky as rhythmically free, not melodically free. However you want to call it though, it's certainly no easy ride. This album was made out of political anger at the world's total neglect of the war in Mozambique, at a time when everyone seemed to be focusing more on what was going on in Vietnam. On the back of that you have a very angry album that was basically meant to shock, be uncomfortable and hopefully educate. Musically, well it's obviously not an album you chuck on in a whim, but there's two major high-points: "Struggle Home" and "Soledad Brothers", which luckily are what makes up the A side. Plunky has admitted to being a Pharoah Sanders freak, and "(Struggle) Home" is very obviously inspired in that direction, so much so that it could be from any early Pharoah Sanders Impulse recording. "Soledad Brothers" on the other hand is a much gentler affair, a beautiful melodic vamp with free-form, but subtle vibes and percussion running through it. The B side though is a serious percussion frenzy, pretty much right through, and definitely not anything I'll be playing again anytime soon. I'm a huge fan of Plunky and all the variations of the Oneness of JuJu, but I think I would go for the two Ju Ju albums over any of the others he made. They just seem more focused on message and not commercialism. No disrespect intended, as albums like African Rhythms are serious releases, but I just find the search for a more listener friendly music when they became Oneness of Juju kind of softened them a bit.