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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Favoriting May 25, 2017: Africa is the Place and Revolution is the Dub

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Grachan Moncur III  New Africa   Favoriting New Africa  BYG Actuel  1969  1st Movement: Queen Tamam 2nd Movement: New Africa 3rd Movement: Black Call 4th Movement: Ethiopian Market  0:02:06 (Pop-up)
Grachan Moncur III  Space Spy   Favoriting New Africa  BYG Actuel  1969    0:19:14 (Pop-up)
Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra  Space is the Place   Favoriting The Paris Tapes: Live At Le Théâtre Du Châtelet 1971    1971/2010    0:26:23 (Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
Twinkle Brothers 

Dub Assassinator (Inna Murder Style)   Favoriting

Dub Massacre 




0:42:35 (Pop-up)
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari  Tales from Mozambique   Favoriting Tales of Mozambique    1975    0:54:13 (Pop-up)
Cedric "Im" Brooks And The Light Of Saba  Outcry   Favoriting The Magical Light Of Saba    1976  Feat. Mutabaruka  0:59:04 (Pop-up)
I. Roy  Black Man Time   Favoriting Presenting I. Roy    1973    1:02:49 (Pop-up)
Lee Perry & The Upsetters  Woman's Dub   Favoriting Revolution Dub    1975    1:06:30 (Pop-up)
Sir Collins & The Black Diamonds  Black Panther   Favoriting Black Panther / I Want to be Loved 7"  Duke  1969    1:10:08 (Pop-up)
Jah Lloyd  Soldier Round the Corner   Favoriting Jah Lloyd-Soldier Round the Corner / Bongo Herman-Immortal Drums 7"    1974    1:12:47 (Pop-up)
Dennis Alcapone  Alcapone Guns Don't Argue   Favoriting Guns Don't Argue    1971    1:15:32 (Pop-up)
Sir Lord Comic  Doctor Feelgood   Favoriting Anthology - Joe Gibbs: Love Of The Common People (1967 To 1979)        1:18:30 (Pop-up)
Jah Lion  Hay Fever   Favoriting Colombia Colly    1976  prod. Lee Perry  1:21:49 (Pop-up)
Susan Cadogan  Fever   Favoriting Susan Cadogan    1975  prod. Lee Perry  1:24:25 (Pop-up)
Lee Perry & The Upsetters  Kojak   Favoriting Revolution Dub    1975    1:26:46 (Pop-up)
Lee Perry & The Upsetters  Doctor on the Go   Favoriting Revolution Dub    1975    1:30:26 (Pop-up)
Doctor Alimantado  I Am the Greatest Says Muhammad Ali   Favoriting Best Dressed Chicken In Town    1978  prod. Lee Perry  1:34:28 (Pop-up)
Trinity  Mohammed Ali   Favoriting Three Piece Suit    1977    1:37:18 (Pop-up)
Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus  Times is Drawing Nigh   Favoriting Love Thy Neighbour    1979  mixed by Lee Perry  1:41:49 (Pop-up)
Keith Hudson  Fight Your Revolution   Favoriting The Black Breast Has Produced Her Best, Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood    1975    1:46:17 (Pop-up)
Mutabaruka  Witeman Country   Favoriting Check It!    1982    1:48:28 (Pop-up)
Mutabaruka  Whey Mi Belang?   Favoriting Check It!    1982    1:52:03 (Pop-up)
Mutabaruka  Say   Favoriting Check It!    1982    1:56:14 (Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
Thurston Knudson 






1:57:34 (Pop-up)
Archie Shepp  We Have Come Back (Part 1)   Favoriting Live at the Panafrican Festival  BYG Actuel  1971  rec. with Algerian & Touareg Musicians, 1969  2:11:36 (Pop-up)
Sunny Murray  Suns Of Africa Pt. 1   Favoriting Hommage to Africa  BYG Actuel  1970    2:14:09 (Pop-up)
Sunny Murray  Suns Of Africa Pt. 2   Favoriting Hommage to Africa    1970    2:28:55 (Pop-up)
Sun Ra and His Solar-Myth Arkestra  Africa   Favoriting The Nubians Of Plutonia    1969    2:31:39 (Pop-up)
Archie Shepp  New Africa   Favoriting Kwanza  Impulse!  1969/1974  comp. by Grachan Moncur III, w/ Grachan Moncur III on trombone  2:36:35 (Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
Archie Shepp 

We Have Come Back (Part 2)   Favoriting

Live at the Panafrican Festival 

BYG Actuel 


rec. with Algerian & Touareg Musicians, 1969 

2:48:54 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm

Very interesting album covers...
Hi Flash! (beating the rush)
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Flash Strap:

Hi Doc! you're early but come on in make yourself at home
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm

Get the best seat this way! :)
Avatar 7:02pm
Flash Strap:

Hope we're all ready for some nutritious free jazz before we get to our dubby treats tonight
Avatar 7:05pm

I always have loved the Actuel album covers...
Avatar 7:06pm

Good evening, Flash Strap and everyone!
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Flash Strap:

Hi NGH! I agree, I always like the way they crop the cover image but have a full splash on the back – and all great photography of course.

This was probably the first BYG LP I ever bought... either that or the Shepp on the page over there.

Hi Mayuko!
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Flash Strap:

Mr. Moncur is so cool, if only just for being a trombonist free jazz bandleader, which is pretty much singularly rare

the splash on the back of New Africa, for reference: img.discogs.com...
Dave in Vermont on the phone:

Oh most excellent he gods of sound
Avatar 7:15pm
Flash Strap:

Hi Dave! Yes

mostly Roscoe Mitchell on sax here, I think. Archie Shepp is on this record, but not on this track at all. Alan Silva on bass, Andrew Cyrille on drums, and everpresent on these recordings is Dave Burrell on piano
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm

Always had a thing for Dave Burrell, has lots of range. (rest of the crew is great as well)
Avatar 7:19pm
Flash Strap:

much agreed. he's on a lot of the stuff we'll hear tonight. at least, all the BYG Actuel sessions we'll hear tonight, mostly towards the end of the show
Avatar 7:21pm
Flash Strap:

had to play this track too! I figure, I've got the side cued up, how could I not play Space Spy? one of the best, or at least coolest, cuts from the period IMO
Dave in Vermont on the phone:

I just watched Samurai Spy last night
Avatar 7:24pm
Flash Strap:

Oh shit, how was it?
Avatar 7:31pm
Flash Strap:

Just started listening to these recordings, the Arkestra is really in great, soulful form
Avatar 7:56pm
Flash Strap:

This whole LP is pure TNT
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm

howdy chums
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm

Yes I Roy!
hi Evan and Explorers
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Flash Strap:

Wonderful to see you Melinda
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Flash Strap:

Yes Coelacanth!

guitar on Woman's Dub is so righteous
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm

-was it I Roy who did the toasting version of "take warning"? (i was trying to think of this yesterday for 1/2 the day)
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Flash Strap:

everything about Perry's mixing on this record is righteous. totally ruthless, abrupt, poetic. somehow spare & wholly psychedelic
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Flash Strap:

not sure but i'll check for ya and play it sometime
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Oh hell yeah.
Avatar 8:12pm
Flash Strap:

Rev Rab in the Room! Hello friend!
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Flash Strap:

great art: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:23pm
Flash Strap:

Squeakin' with Scratch
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Flash Strap:

John Smith really did give Pocahontas fever, of course
Avatar 🥁 8:33pm
Little Danny:

Just got home and scrambling to get my shit together but I'm listening and already riveted! Also, hi Flash, all!
Avatar 8:36pm
Flash Strap:

Hi LD!
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Trinity is one of the top deejay toasters IMHO.
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Flash Strap:

this song is soooo wild
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Flash Strap:

completely agree, NGH. it would be true even if he'd only done this one album
Avatar 8:49pm
Flash Strap:

That's Gussie Pablo on melodica, of course
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm

Evan i found what i asked you about before and it's U Roy. ("way down south")
-one of my favorite toasts. i just had to remember which comp album i have it on. (i'm not home so i couldn't just look at them)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm

"Gussie"! i wonder if anyone else calls him that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm

so was outcry re-released as a mutabaruka album? or are they 2 different albums?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm
Uncle Michael:

good evening
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm

(duh, never mind. i misread and thought the album was outcry, not the track)
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Flash Strap:

I gotta check that out, C. And there is a Mutabaruka LP called Outcry, which has what I presume is a rerecorded version of the track "Outcry", but I've sadly never heard it
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Flash Strap:

Good evening Uncle!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm

i have that on cassette, or vinyl (i don't remember) i could digitize it and send it along, if you'd like.
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Flash Strap:

This is an insanely beautiful thing that develops sublimely, some of the most lovely free jazz BYG had the pleasure of putting out. Once again, the lineup here:

Alto Saxophone, Flute – Roscoe Mitchell
Bass – Alan Silva
Cornet – Clifford Thornton
Drums – Sunny Murray
Engineer – Claude Jauvert
Gong, Tambourine, Bells – Arthur Jones
Piano – Dave Burrell
Tenor Saxophone – Archie Shepp
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Kenneth Terroade
Timpani [Tympani], Bells – Earl Freeman
Trombone – Grachan Moncur III
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Lester Bowie
Xylophone [Belafon], Bells – Malachi Favors
Voice, Bells – Jeanne Lee
Avatar 9:21pm
Flash Strap:

if you ever get a chance I'd love that, C.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm

it'll be a pleasure - just, it may wait until i either move (again) or rearrange my bedroom. (i never finished wiring everything up since i last moved -as i've yet to feel settled and comfortable in my new space)
Avatar 9:26pm
Flash Strap:

all the time you need, I'll just be here never getting tired of Check It!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm
Uncle Michael:

This Sunny Murray is amazing.
Avatar 9:27pm
Flash Strap:

I agree Uncle
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32pm

Flash, i think check it! is his finest. (of the ones i've heard)

and -what Uncle M said
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Flash Strap:

I agree, C., though I also really like Any Which Way... Freedom
Avatar 9:35pm
Flash Strap:

Sometimes Sun Ra has these just impossibly cool doo wop harmonies
Avatar 9:38pm
Flash Strap:

another great lineup, including Mr. Grachan Moncur III playing on his own composition:
Baritone Saxophone – Charles Davis
Bass – Walter Booker
Drums – Beaver Harris
Piano – Dave Burrell
Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Archie Shepp
Trombone – Grachan Moncur III
Trumpet – Jimmy Owens
Avatar 9:40pm
Flash Strap:

slightly more propulsive and succinct than Moncur's original version from the top of the show
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Little Danny:

Kwanza was the very first Shepp LP I owned. It is highly pleasurable to hear it again.
Avatar 9:44pm
Flash Strap:

It's such a good one, LD! Maybe the first time I ever really noticed Leon Thomas was on that LP, on Spoo Pee Doo. Bakai is a heeeavy track too

For years I was obsessed with Shepp, he was my favorite hornblower
Avatar 9:47pm
Flash Strap:

Beaver is SLAMMING on this track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm
Uncle Michael:

Thanks, Evan.
Avatar 🥁 9:55pm
Little Danny:

That was an even-more-awesome-than-usual mic set, Flash. You're a pro.
Avatar 9:55pm
Flash Strap:

Thanks all, night night
Avatar 🥁 9:55pm
Little Danny:

Also, thanks! And great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56pm

i just remembered that i shamefully forgot that Archie Shepp's "magic of ju-ju" album must've been my stepping stone toward what (via David Ware, especially) turned into a full-on love of free jazz.
Avatar 9:56pm
Flash Strap:

Thank you, UM

Oh my, and thank YOU, Danny!
Avatar 🥁 9:56pm
Little Danny:

have a seat why dontcha: wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:57pm
Flash Strap:

Magic of Juju is so fuckin good, it's about time I played it on the show just for old time's sake
Doug Schulkind:

Miraculous soundmaking, Mr Flash!
Avatar 9:59pm
Flash Strap:

Oh hi Doug! thank you sir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm

Damn, what a show, Evan! Thanks!
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

A rich repast. TY.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47am

Had to leave last night, checked out the end of the show in the archives, great stuff, Flash, thanks!

Interesting covers!
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