30 marzo 2011

Assagai - Assagai (1971)

Assagai was anchored by respected African musicians Louis Moholo, Mongezi Feza, Fred Coker, and Dudu Pukwana. They were signed by British label Vertigo in the label's attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Afro-rock bands such as Osibisa. They were, I'm told, the only African or "Black" band ever signed by Vertigo. Their career was relatively short - two albums plus a couple of additional songs, released over a period of about two years in the early 1970s. (Source: radagast.org)

The Music:
01. Telephone Girl (Tony Duhig, Jon Field, Glyn Havard) [03:26]
02. Akasa (Charles Ononogbo, Fred Coker) [04:17]
03. Hey Jude (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) [03:46]
04. Cocoa (Fred Coker) [04:04]
05. Irin Ajolawa (Tony Duhig, Fred Coker) [04:23]
(misprinted as "Irin Ajoliana" on the CD reissue)
06. Ayioe (Fred Coker) [05:15]
07. Beka (Dudu Pukwana) [04:06]
08. I'll Wait For You (Fred Coker) [02:19]

The Players:
* Mongezi Feza - Cornet
* Dudu Pukwana - Alto Sax
* Bizo Mngqikana - Tenor Sax
* Fred Coker - Guitar
* Charles Ononogbo - Bass
* Louis Moholo - Drums

Produced by David Watson
Released on Vertigo in 1971
This release Repertoire 1994

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