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A Message From Mozambique - 2023 Reissue

    The roots of JuJu started in San Francisco after Plunky had met his musical mentor, Zulu musician Ndikho Xaba, helping to form his band Ndikho and The Natives. Three members of The Natives (Plunky, bassist Ken Shabala and vibes / flute player Lon Moshe) then joined Marvin X’s theatrical production The Resurrection Of The Dead, joining local musicians Al-Hammel Rasul (keyboards), Babatunde Lea (percussion) and Jalango Ngoma (timbales).

    When the production ended, the six musicians formed Juju. “We had high-energy rehearsals that lasted for hours and, as a band, we became powerful and began gigging around the Bay Area,” remembers Plunky. Although orientated towards Black Nationalism, the band fed off the Bay Area’s culturally diverse communities as Plunky shaped an inclusive worldview based on collective political, social and artistic activities. During this time, the Soledad Brothers case and Angela Davis were prominent and the band supported Professor Davis and the cause. Juju’s music matched the fire of their activism. “As a band, we blew, pounded and stroked our instruments like there was no tomorrow, like our life’s work was wrapped up in each session. We approached our performances like religious rites and the music mesmerised, informed and awakened people.” The band’s first album, a Message from Mozambique, was intentionally political. While the anti-war movement focused on Vietnam, Juju looked towards wars being waged in South Africa, Angola and Mozambique over issues of white supremacy and control of natural resources. A second album, ‘Chapter Two: Nia’ would follow before the birth of Oneness Of Juju during the mid-‘70s. This definitive reissue is fully remastered by The Carvery from the original tapes and features original artwork and a new interview with Juju bandleader James “Plunky” Branch.


    A1 Struggle (Home)
    A2 Soledad Brothers
    B1 Freedom Fighter
    B2 Make Your Own Revolution Now
    B3 Father Is Back
    B4 Nairobi / Chants (Traditional) 


    Fuzz Club Session

      Juju is the brainchild of Sicilian multi-instrumentalist Gioele Valenti (Lay Llamas, Herself) and this Fuzz Club Session LP finds Valenti and band (Vincenzo Schillaci, Simone Sfameli) storming through four tracks at I Candelai in Palermo, Italy. The resulting session is released as a series of videos and pressed on vinyl.

      Due for release August 13th on London-based label Fuzz Club, the session comprises two tracks from their 2017 second album 'Our Mother Was A Plant' ('In A Ghetto' and 'And Play A Game') and two from 2019's 'Maps and Territory' LP ('Master and Servants' and 'Motherfucker Core'). Juju's worldly, genre-bending experimentalism fuses psychedelia, new wave and krautrock with touches of afrobeat, funk and zamrock and it's in a live setting, such as that captured here, where that captivating blending of sounds is at its most spellbinding and hypnotic.

      Juju's Fuzz Club Session (the latest in a series which has previously included the likes of A Place to Bury Strangers, Night Beats, Holy Wave, The Entrance Band and more) makes all too clear why the band have been praised as one that "resets the coordinates and makes the past seem startling new again" (The Quietus).


      1) In A Ghetto - Live
      2) Master And Servants - Live
      3) Motherfucker Core - Live
      4) And Play A Game - Live

      Manu Dibango

      Waka Juju

        Released in 1982, the album "Waka Juju" marks a return to Afrosound. We hear titles like "Douala Serenade" or "Ma Marie", a tribute to his wife. "Waka juju" is an ode to juju, the traditional Yoruba music that has become Nigeria's most popular style. Emmanuel N'Djoké Dibango (born 12 December 1933) is a Cameroonian musician and song-writer who plays saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He is best known for his 1972 single "Soul Makossa".


        A1. Waka Juju
        A2. Douala Serenade
        A3. Africa Boogie
        B1. Mouna Pola
        B2. Ma Marie
        B3. Manga-bolo

        Various Artists

        Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987

          As part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations, Strut present the first new volume in their pioneering ‘Nigeria 70’ series for over 8 years, bringing together rare highlife, Afro-funk and juju from the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Compiled by collector and DJ Duncan Brooker, this new selection of tracks is receiving its first international release outside of Nigeria.

          The compilation returns to a fertile heyday in Nigerian music when established styles like highlife and juju became infused with elements of Western jazz, soul and funk and musicians brought a proud new message post-independence. Brooker places the spotlight particularly on some of the incredible Ukwuani musicians from the Delta State region as guitarist Rogana Ottah and Steady Arobby’s International Brothers Band forged their own fluid brand of highlife and soulman Don Bruce drew on the US R&B greats for a series of great albums and explosive stage shows at his residency at Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

          Elsewhere, the album explores the close connection between Nigeria and Benin’s music, most famously through Sir Victor Uwaifo, appearing here with a killer mid‘80s ekassa jam, as well as highlife hitmaker Osayamore Joseph on ‘Obonogbozu’ (Joseph made headlines in Nigeria for very different reasons in 2017, surviving a one month kidnapping ordeal).

          Other tracks include ‘Sickness’ a 1979 lament on how all countries share troubles by Prince Nico Mbarga, the Nigerian / Camerounian star behind the smash hit ‘Sweet Mother’; reggae singer Felixson Ngasia switches to funk and disco for a heavy workout with potent lyrics around black identity; another major highlife great Etubom Rex Williams unleashes a punchy psych funk gem with ‘Psychedelic Shoes’ and Africa 70 member Pax Nicholas vocals a simmering Afrobeat groove from Jacob Lee’s Saxon Lee & The Shadows International Band.


          1. Odeyemi - Oni Suru
          2. Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz - Sickness
          3. Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals - Black Precious Colour
          4. Sina Bakare - Africa
          5. Saxon Lee & The Shadows International - Special Secret Of Baby
          6. Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7 - Obonogbozu
          7. International Brothers Band - Onuma Dimnobi
          8. Don Bruce & The Angels - Kinuye
          9. Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes Int. - Let Them Say
          10. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - Psychedelic Shoes
          11. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Iziegbe (Ekassa No. 70)
          12. M.A. Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band - Mundiya Loju 3.03

          A1. Odeyemi - Oni Suru
          A2. Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz - Sickness
          A3. Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7 - Obonogbozu
          B1. Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals - Black Precious Colour
          B2. Sina Bakare - Africa
          B3. Saxon Lee & The Shadows International - Special Secret Of Baby
          C1. International Brothers Band - Onuma Dimnobi
          C2. Don Bruce & The Angels - Kinuye
          C3. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - Psychedelic Shoes
          D1. Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes Int. - Let Them Say
          D2. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Iziegbe (Ekassa No. 70)
          D3. M.A. Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band - Mundiya Loju

          Siouxsie & The Banshees


            An absolute classic from 1981. Budgie’s tribal drums and John McGeoch’s swirling guitars provide the perfect backdrop for Siouxsie’s distinctive vocals.

            This is one of four albums released by taken from the Siouxsie And The Banshees extensive studio catalog, each album appearing as it should on glorious 180-gram black vinyl.

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