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A more structured second effort from Count Ossie’s seminal outfit, Tales From Mozambique replaces the off the cuff, lo-fi aesthetic of Grounation with a studio-oriented sound that incorporates more diverse instrumentation and a smattering of dub-like production touches reminiscent of Ras Michaels work with the similarly minded Nyahbinghi group Voices of Negus. Despite its more mannered sound, Mozambique is still an exhilarating blend of roots reggae, haunting Nyahbinghi drumming, and free form jazz improvisation, and stands as the Mystic Revelations most focused recording. The menacing “Wicked Babylon” pits an overdriven organ against an incantatory chorus of singers and percussionists to chilling effect, while the meditative “Sam’s Intro” features some of Cedric Brooks’ most stirring saxophone work. Tales From Mozambique is an utterly unique reggae recording that beautifully illustrates the influence that the centuries old Nyahbinghi percussion style had on the development of Reggae. It is an essential recording for those interested in the history of Jamaican music.

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HISTORICAL REGGAE RECORDING

count ossie deserves respect of acknowledgement here. if you really know, love and understand roots reggae and would like to know a little about its birth you should know. The first recording of Rastafarian music was perhaps made by Count Ossie. This was followed in the 1950s by various recordings of burru, as well as music of other Jamaican religions such as Pocomania. In 1953, Ossie introduced akete drums to Rastafarian communities in West Kingston, using styles and rhythms adapted from burru. Ossie then recorded with the Fokes Brothers on Oh Carolina, a song produced by Prince Buster. Oh Carolina was the first popular song from Jamaica, and the same recording session produced the ska hits They Got to Go and Thirty Pieces of Silver. Ossie later became well known for other recordings (with his band, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari) - especially 1974s Grounation, featuring roots percussion and musical styles. Ossie also recorded albums that fell solidly into the jazz category, incorporating roots percussion and traditional Rasta influences into avant-garde jazz along the lines of Sun Ra or Archie Shepp, prior to his death in 1976. Reggae

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