Uhuru Afrika

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Uhuru Afrika
Uhuru Afrika.jpg
Studio album by Randy Weston
Released End of April 1961[1]
Recorded November 1960
Studio Bell Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Roulette
R 65001
Producer Teddy Reig
Randy Weston chronology
Live at the Five Spot
(1959)Live at the Five Spot1959
Uhuru Afrika
(1960)
Highlife
(1963)Highlife1963

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.[2] The album features lyrics and liner notes by the poet Langston Hughes and was banned in South Africa in 1964, at the same time as was Lena Horne's Here's Lena Now! (Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite had been the victim of an earlier banning order), with copies of the albums being seized in Johannesburg and Cape Town.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[4]

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".[4]

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard, May 8, 1961.
  2. ^ Randy Weston catalog accessed August 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "Uhuru Afrika banned by South-African government", Jazz Publicity Service, October 5, 1964.
  4. ^ a b Yanow, Scott, Allmusic review, accessed August 14, 2012.