PRICE:
$20.00
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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
London Is the Place for Me: African Dreams, Calypso, the Piccadilly Highlife -- The Music of Young Black London, 3 & 4
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
HJR 021CD HJR 021CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/14/2013

Honest Jon's assembles volumes 3 & 4 in their highly-acclaimed London Is the Place for Me series, originally released in 2006, on one 2CD set. Ambrose Campbell was acclaimed by Fela Kuti's generation -- by Fela himself -- as the founder of modern Nigerian music. Several of his recordings lit up London Is the Place for Me 2, and volume 3 is devoted to his music, drawing on the 78s he cut in London over 10 years from 1949. Nearly all the tracks assembled here come from recordings made for the Melodisc label and originally released as 10" 78 rpm singles. People who bought these records at the time can still recall how it was when the percussion team -- among them Ade Bashorun, Salustiano Dos Anjos, Manny Myers and "Lati" Pedro -- built their polyrhythms in Ola Dosunmu's kingdom. With the melodic guitars of Brewster and Ambrose coming together behind Campbell's soothing voice, the musicians contrived to paint an evocative, enduring picture of palm wine Lagos nights. Volume 4 addresses first waves of modern immigration from Africa and the West Indies. After devoting a third installment to the accomplishments of the late Nigerian genius Ambrose Campbell, Honest Jon's resumes an open-house policy, suited to musicians whose lives and artistic ambitions carried them all over the world: calypso and kwela are back, and highlife and bebop, with a little rock n' roll, a "mambo indio," a shango hymn, and a cha-cha-cha for bellydancing jazzbos. Astronauts and prostitutes mingle with landlords and Test cricketers -- sex with streetfighting and doing a runner. The CDs are beautifully presented as miniature books, saddle-stitched, with 40 pages of rare, precious photos of the musicians and their social milieu, and in-depth commentary.