African Head Charge

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African Head Charge is a psychedelic dub ensemble active since the early 1980s.[1] The group was formed by percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah,[2] and featured a revolving cast of members, including Prisoner, Nick Plytas, Crocodile, Junior Moses, Sunny Akpan, Skip McDonald, and Jah Wobble. The group released most of its albums on Adrian Sherwood's label, On-U Sound.[3]

Journalist David Stubbs, writing in The Wire, said, "The notion of African Head Charge was hatched when Adrian Sherwood read Brian Eno's comment about his vision for a 'psychedelic Africa'".[4]

Many of their early albums have been re-released as double albums on CD.


  • My Life in a Hole in the Ground (On-U Sound, 1981)
  • Environmental Studies (On-U Sound, 1982)
  • Drastic Season (On-U Sound, 1983)
  • Off the Beaten Track (On-U Sound, 1986 Anthology Recordings, 2006)
  • Great Vintage Volumes 1 & 2 (On-U Sound, 1989) (compilation)
  • Songs of Praise (On-U Sound, 1990)
  • Live:Pride and Joy (On-U Sound, 1991)
  • In Pursuit of Shashamane Land (On-U Sound, ON-U LP65, 1993)
  • All Mighty Dread (Beat Records, 1994) (compilation)
  • Touch I EP (On-U Sound, 1994)
  • Akwaaba (Acid Jazz Records, 1995)
  • Sankofa (Bonjo I, 1997)
  • Drums Of Defiance: African Head Charge Versus Professor Stretch (On-U Sound, ON-ULP93, 1998)
  • Noah House of Dread (Bonjo I, 1998)
  • Live Goodies (Bonjo I, 2001)
  • Shrunken Head (On-U Sound, 2003) (compilation)
  • Vision of a Psychedelic Africa (On-U Sound, 2005)
  • In Charge:Live in Japan EP (On-U Sound, 2005)
  • Voodoo of The Godsent (On-U Sound, 2011)
  • Return Of The Crocodile (On-U Sound, 2016)
  • Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi (On-U Sound, 2020)


  1. ^ AllMusic - African Head Charge biography
  2. ^ "African Head Charge + Nick Sinna (NTS Radio) - Band on the Wall". Band on the Wall. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "African Head Charge". Biography. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  4. ^ Stubbs, David (2007). "The Primer: Adrian Sherwood". The Wire. No. 276. The Wire Magazine Ltd. p. 42.

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