Saturday, September 04, 2010

Random Chanting

It's been a while since I posted any proper deep roots music, and it's time to put that right. Here's a tune called 'Marcus Garvey' by Nuwaupu (never heard of them? me neither). It's raw deep and very spiritual, and it's got a sound all of its own.

Was a time you couldn't get this for love or money, it got reissued a few years back and you can still pick up fresh copies on the 'Rootical Dubber' label (try the Blakamix shop if you want one to play out, or just want better sound quality). The flute version on the b-side is especially nice.


concrete_jungle said...

bad link......

the_voice_of_reason said...

Nuwaupu is a reference to the teaching of the convicted fraudster and child molester who appears to have been born Dwight York, and who has "preached" under dozens of aliases. He claims to have written and performed on numerous major soul hits of the 1970s, but as he appeasrs to be an utter fantasist and charlatan this is, to put it mildly, debatable.

Information about his rather unusual belief system can be found here on Wikipedia.

He ran a studio in the USA in the Seventies, so this record may have been recorded there and distributed in Jamaica through a Nuwaubian organisation. I rather suspect it's not a record made in JA, but one cut by Jamaican Nuwaubians.

Steve said...

Thanks as always VoR! Amazing how a bit of context can really change the way you listen to something. It's really sad to think of the people who've sincerely believed in this guy and poured their hearts into promoting his organisation, but I guess that's just life.

What you wrote reminded me a bit of Tim Maia's double-LP 'Racional'. He re-recorded all the vocals to promote a bizarre UFO cult he'd just fallen in with, and later disowned both the cult and the LP when he realised he wasn't going to get to meet any aliens.