Uhuru Afrika

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Uhuru Afrika
Studio album by Randy Weston
Released 1960
Recorded November 1960
Bell Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Roulette
R 65001
Producer Teddy Reig
Randy Weston chronology
Live at the Five Spot
Uhuru Afrika

Uhuru Afrika (subtitled/translated as Freedom Africa) is an album by American jazz pianist Randy Weston recorded in 1960 and originally released on the Roulette label.[1] The album features lyrics and liner notes by the poet Langston Hughes and was banned in South Africa in 1964.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 5 stars, stating: "Uhuru Afrika is one of the finest (and earliest) combinations of African rhythms with advanced jazz and it features Weston utilizing a 24-piece big band".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Randy Weston except as indicated

  1. "Introduction: Uhuru Kwanza" (Langston Hughes) - 2:35
  2. "First Movement: Uhuru Kwanza" - 5:49
  3. "Second Movement: African Lady" (Weston, Hughes) - 8:27
  4. "Third Movement: Bantu" - 8:07
  5. "Fourth Movement: Kucheza Blues" - 8:03



  1. ^ Randy Weston catalog accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ^ "Uhuru Afrika banned by South-African government", Jazz Publicity Service, October 5, 1964.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic review, accessed August 14, 2012.