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Soul of a Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher - Afro-Cen

by VA / Soul Jazz Records Present

Release Date: 23 November 2018

Format: LP Triple Vinyl

Label: Soul Jazz Records


VA / Soul Jazz Records Presents Soul of a Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher - Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk and the Roots of Rap in the Black Power Era 1969-75 Limited Heavyweight Vinyl 3LP Set


Soul Jazz Records' new release 'Soul of A Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher' is a powerful new collection of radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap made in the era of Black Power (1969-75). This is the second 'Soul of A Nation' album released by Soul Jazz Records to coincide with the exhibition 'Soul of a Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power', critically acclaimed and enormously successful when it opened at the Tate Modern in London last year (as was Soul Jazz Records' accompanying first album 'Soul of A Nation - Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power 1968-79'). The blockbuster international exhibition is now at the Brooklyn Museum, New York and then travels to Los Angeles in 2019. This new album features a number of important and ground-breaking African-American artists - The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron and more - alongside a host of lesser-known artists all of whom in the early 1970s were exploring new Afrocentric poly-rhythmical styles of music - radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap - while at the same time exploring the Black Power and civil-rights inspired notions of self-definition, self-respect and self-empowerment in their own lives. During this era African-American jazz musicians ripped up traditional definitions - rejecting the term 'entertainer' to redefine themselves instead as 'artists'. They worked outside of the mainstream music industry perceiving this artistic relationship to be fundamentally exploitative and politically flawed. Artists instead formed their own pan-arts community-centric collectives, set up their own record labels, ran concerts in alternative performance spaces - art galleries, parks, lofts, community centres - all as a way of taking control of their own creative destinies.

Featured Tracks:

Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Theme De Yoyo
The Har-You Percussion Group - Welcome To The Party
The Pharaohs - Damballa
Baby Huey - Hard Times
James Mason - Sweet Power, Your Embrace
Byron Morris and Unity - Kitty Bey
Funkadelic - Nappy Dugout
Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe - Exchange Part 2 (II)
Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues
Oneness Of Juju - Space Jungle Funk
Sarah Webster Fabio - Work It Out
Tribe (Wendell Harrison & Phillip Ranelin) - Beneficent
Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey On The Moon
Don Cherry - Brown Rice

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