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12 Nov 2016

Lumumba “Lumumba” 1974 Ghana Soul Jazz Africa,Afrobeat

Lumumba “Lumumba” 1974 Ghana Soul Jazz Africa,Afrobeat
I don’t know the story behind Lumumba. All the musicians except for two are credited as coming from Ghana (the two non-Africans, West Indies and Los Angeles). Though the group is named after the singer Lumumba, it seems as though a fellow named Rim Kwaku Obeng is the leader of the band. Obeng has records under his own name and they are sought after by Afrobeat collectors. The record was recorded in Los Angeles, which is rare for an Afrobeat record. How is the album? Spotty and sometimes suspect. I am not sure if the musicians were cobbled together by A&M looking to break Afrobeat or if some American producer stumbled upon them in Africa, brought them to the States and put them in a fancy studio. Many of the songs are over produced and some sound very studio musicianish.Highly recomended. ….
  Although the name of the band is Lumumba & that is also the name of the lead vocalist, this is really the work of Rim Kwaku Obeng. Obeng is a noted Ghanan drummer who played with Fela Kuti. Rim moved to Oakland, California in the 70s. Rim released an album in 1980 called Rim Arrives. It is known as one of the funkiest disco-fied Afrobeat albums ever recorded. He also released music under the name Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng on small indie labels & private presses, mostly solo drumming affairs.

Lumumba was recorded in 1974 in Los Angeles. Other than bassist Luther Coffey from Trinidad &
guitarist David T. Walker from Los Angeles, all the other main musicians are from Ghana. The identity of the
artist Lumumba is shrouded in mystery but it has been suggested that he might be Duke Lumumba. There are
a few similarities between this album & the Jungle Funk album Duke recorded to suggest this might be
true. George Bohanon plays occasional horns & (The Jazz) Crusader’s Wilton Felder plays bass on both
this & Duke’s album which were also both recorded in Los Angeles. Add to that the fact that Duke
played trumpet & Lumumba here plays flugelhorn. However, outside of this circumstantial evidence,
there’s not much proof that they’re the same person.

Other noted Ghananians on the album are sax player George Lee & keyboardist Emmanuel Rentzos who
played on Toots & The Maytals’ Reggae Got Soul release & multi-instrumentalist Eddie Quansah
who also played on the Toots LP plus worked with artists as diverse as Osibisa & Slade. Here only
Emmanuel plays his usual instruments while Lee & Quansah simply provide backing vocals. ………
Lumumba - Narration, Doroben Durugya (whistle flute), Ammoo Durugya (long flute), Fritwiwa (thumb gong), Dawuro (gong gong), Akasawa (shaker), Jews Harp, Conga, Ntoa (round drum), Flugel Horn, Vocals

Rim Kwaku Obeng - Ntumpan (talking drum), Drums, Donno (squeeze drum), Fritwiwa (thumb gong), Akaswaa (shaker), Brekete Drum, Dawuro (gong gong), Conga, Ntoa (round drum), Electric Piano, Ammoo Durugya (long flute), Vocals
Emmanuel Rentzos - Electric Piano, Organ, Vocals
Luther Coffey - Fender Bass
Kwabena Gyanfi - Fender Bass, Electric Guitar
David T. Walker - Electric Guitar

George Bohanon - Bass Euphonium, Red Callendar-Acoustic Bass
Bobbye Hall - Conga
Victoria Miles - Vocals
Gloria Green - Vocals
George Lee - Vocals
Eddie Quansah - Vocals
Willie Cheetan - Vocals 
A1 Sing With The Birds 6:07
A2 Ahoma Trofo (Telephone) 3:40
A3 Twoo Boe (Work Chant) 2:43
A4 Anase Sem (Akan Folk Tale) 5:20
B1 Nsu Shiw (Hot Water) 5:05
B2 Love Is 50/50 7:23
B3 Kwaku Ne Kwaku 1:33 

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