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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sunburst “Ave Africa” 1976 Tanzanian Afro Beat,Afro Funk,Afro Psych Soul- 2016- 2 LP`s + CD The Complete Recordings 1973-1976


Sunburst “Ave Africa” 1976 Tanzanian Afro Beat,Afro Funk,Afro Psych Soul- 2016- 2 LP`s + CD The Complete Recordings 1973-1976 ..recommended..!
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Reissue label favourites Strut present a compilation of Tanzania psych rock legends Sunburst, heavily channeling Ofo The Black Company or Amadou Balake vibes here. Uplifting, full of joyful guitar leads and synth hooks and not to mention some of the lyrics; ‘Music will make you smile, your day will come’ would lighten up anyone’s mood! Sunbursts music is self-referentially ‘Kitoto Sound’, which apparently reflects the diverse backgrounds of each of the band members. Heavily recurring themes include black pride and colonial oppression, and apparently the band even played a gig for civil rights heroine Angela Davis when she visited Tanzania…..~ 


Strut is extremely proud to present a definitive collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands of the 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their entire output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features music from their 45 RPM singles “Moto Moto” and “TFC,” as well as their sole album, Ave Africa, and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973. 
Sunburst was formed in 1970 by Zairean guitarist Hembi Flory Kongo who recruited resident drummer Johnny “Rocks” Fernandes, bass player Bashir Idi Farhan and organist / vocalist Kassim Magati. They were soon joined by Zambian-born lead singer James Mpungo.Having developing their sound via covers-heavy live performances and a string of early singles, Sunburst’s sole LP came out at a time when Zambia was enjoying a stream of releases by bands that would now be considered icons of Zamrock such as Witch, Ngozi Family, Musi-O-Tunya and The Blackfoot. The sleeve text described the Sunburst sound as “a fusion of the traditional sounds of Africa with Western Rock, spiced with a piece of the Caribbean” but the intricacies of the Kitoto Sound that Sunburst had crafted for years peaked on this recording. Band members born in six different countries were tapping into a multitude of influences, styles, languages and stories. “We try to compose songs that have a bearing to the situation we live in,” James Mpungo recounted at the time. “Our songs are songs that support freedom struggles, songs that encourage peasants and workers to work harder, songs in praise of our leaders. We also sing a lot of songs criticizing our people for allowing themselves to be too westernized and throwing away their traditional values. And above all, we preach love and happiness!”….~


Strut’s 2016 release Ave Africa collects the complete recorded works of Sunburst, a Tanzanian band influenced by several African traditions as well as Western music styles such as rock and funk. The group’s members were born in different countries and spoke different languages, and their music had a very diverse range, encompassing blues, soul, jazz, and Latin music. They originally formed in the early ‘70s as a cover band, playing tunes by the likes of James Brown and Santana. As they began writing original compositions, their lyrics reflected themes of black pride, unity, and freedom, with titles such as “Black Is Beautiful” and “Enzi Za Utumwani” (“Slavery Days”). The group’s only full-length studio recording, Ave Africa, was actually recorded late in their career, and wasn’t released until 1977 as the band was breaking up. Despite having a few hit singles and being regarded as one of the nation’s best bands, they barely made any money and couldn’t afford to continue as a band. The songs on Ave Africa are as strong as they are diverse, with joyous, empowering numbers fitting alongside aching soul and blues ballads, and complex yet easily flowing full-band arrangements incorporating trombone, violin, and electric keyboards. Opening instrumental “Kitoto Sound” (the group’s description of their style) is bright and jubilant, with polyrhythmic percussion interacting with funky guitar licks, trombone, and organ. “Your Day Will Come” has a perky guitar line that comes close to sounding like ska, and the lyrics joyfully proclaim that “music makes you smile.” However, the album’s production generally sounds muddled; there’s no bass, and everything seems cluttered together at the bottom of the mix with no room to breathe. The compilation’s second disc compiles the group’s singles (issued between 1973 and 1976 by Kenyan label Moto Moto and Tanzanian imprint TFC) as well as the 1973 Tanzanian radio session that launched the group to stardom. While these recordings understandably don’t have the highest fidelity, they’re more vibrant than the group’s studio album, with clearer sound and more adventurous production touches. Reverb adds a bit of depth to songs like “Kipato Sina,” and the instruments (particularly the drums and keyboards) have much more of a sizzle to them. These sessions seem like a far greater representation of the group’s live powers. After listening to the entire collection and reading the liner notes, one can’t help but admire Sunburst; they had great songs and were incredible, versatile musicians. It seems like there was unrealized potential, however, so the collection suggests what could’ve been as much as it celebrates what the band accomplished…. by Paul Simpson ….~


Analog Africa, Soundway Records, Now Again Records, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and Strut. Together, these five labels have done more to advance western comprehension of African music than most ethnocentric undergraduate study curricula ever could. A sonic diaspora, their exploration of vintage continental sounds via a decade-plus of releases has served as an entry point into the dense geopolitical world from which the music was born. 
Strut Records’ latest release Sunburst :: Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973-1976 is no exception. 
Describing their muse at the time, Sunburst’s James Mpungo explained: “Our songs are songs that support freedom struggles, songs that encourage peasants and workers to work harder, songs in praise of our leaders. We also sing a lot of songs criticizing our people for allowing themselves to be too westernized and throwing away their traditional values.” 
Short-lived, the Tanzanian group initially cut their teeth via live covers-heavy performances and a string of early singles. Their sole LP was released at a time when Zambia was enjoying a stream of releases by bands now considered to be the icons of Zamrock such as Witch, the Ngozi Family, Musi-O-Tunya and The Blackfoot. Enter Sunburst — this is “Vijana“, out June 24th…..~


Although Sunburst did not value mass tasting, Tanzanian bands made up of musicians from many African countries enjoyed great popularity during the first half of the 1970s. Their trademark was the so-called Kitoto Sound, a unique fusion of soul and jazz with a variety of traditional styles. Sunburst was founded by the Zaire guitarist Hembi Flory Congo in 1970 in Dar es Salaam. 

Initially, the playlist consisted of covers of popular soul, boogie and funk songs. Only with the time this was displaced by its own, black national pride and colonial oppression thematizing works. After several changes of occupation Sunburst disbanded in 1976 due to lack of commercial success in frustration. 

The compilation “Ave Africa” ​​compiled by the label Strut bundles all recordings of the band. These include the 1976 album of the same name, singles released by the band between 1973 and 76 for the two labels TFC and Moto Moto, as well as a 1973 unpublished radio session with seven tracks. For the retrospective, all pictures were remastered from the original tapes. …~ 


 Entire 1973-76 legacy of Tanzanian soul-jazz pioneers 

By the early 70s, the Dar es Salaam neighbourhood of Upanga had been nicknamed Soulville after the James Brown-inspired funk and R&B scene which thrived, despite a Tanzanian government ban for being “the cause of bad manners in the country’s youth”. Also fuelled by Santana, Zairean guitarist Hembi Flory Kongo formed Sunburst in 1970 with local musicians, including drummer Johnny ‘Rocks’ Fernandez, bassist Bashir Idi Farhan and singer-organist Kassim Magati. 
The band began working on original songs, including Black Is Beautiful, a response to JB’s Say It Loud – a suitable soundtrack for the party thrown in Angela Davis’ when they played she visited in 1973. The Sunburst sound continued flowering into a multi-hued gumbo of funky consciousness, jazz-liberated chops, African rhythms and passionate soul, including love songs sung in English. 
The band’s 1973 breakthrough session for Radio Tanzania is just one delight included over two discs, including singles recorded for Kenya’s Moto Moto and Tanzania Film Corporation’s label, plus their one studio album, Ave Africa, recorded in 1976 with an expanded lineup featuring former Foundations trombonist Eric Allendale. 
Sunburst then disbanded, though former members kept active. Thankfully, this most groundbreaking band now has their sumptuous monument, presented in Strut’s customary exhaustive style…Reviewed by Kris Needs ..Record Collector…..~ 











Credits 
Bass, Congas, Violin – Bashir Idi Farhan (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Compiled By – Dave Tinning* 
Compiled By, Liner Notes – Thomas Gesthuizen 
Congas, Backing Vocals – Kazadi Mbiya (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Design [Front Sleeve] – Peter Bagshawe 
Drums, Backing Vocals – Katako Lubula (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Engineer – Jorn Ingvardsen (tracks: A1 to B5) 
Guitar – Hembi Kongo (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Illustration [Front Sleeve] – Trevor Ford (2) 
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – James Mpungo (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Percussion, Backing Vocals – Tito Mwiru (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Producer – Nikki* (tracks: A1 to B6), Sunburst (6) 
Trombone – Eric Allendale (tracks: A1 to B6) 
Vocals, Electric Piano, Organ, Kalimba – Kassim Rajabu (tracks: A1 to B6)


Collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands of the 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their entire output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features music from their 45 RPM singles on Moto Moto and TFC label, as well as their sole album, “Ave Africa”, and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973 + limited cassette with demo tracks pre-dating the Ave Africa album. This release comes with a copy of the CD version, which contains extra tracks. 

LP 1: 
Ave Africa LP Produced by Sunburst and Nikki. ℗1976 Kitoto Records. Licensed courtesy of Sunburst / Tanzania Heritage Project. 
LP 2: 
The TFC 45s ℗1976 Tanzania Film Co. Ltd. Licensed courtesy of Sunburst / Tanzania Heritage Project. 
The MOTO MOTO 45s Produced by P.O. Kanindo. ℗1973 RCA Victor / Moto Moto. Licensed courtesy of AI Records (Tanzania) Ltd. 
The Dar Es Salaam Radio Tapes Publishing: Copyright Control 
Recorded in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 14th June 1973. ℗ 2016 !K7 Records 
Licensed courtesy of Sunburst / Tanzania Heritage Project. 
The Lusaka Demos 

Tracklist
Ave Africa
A1 Kitoto Sound
Written-By – Hembi Kongo
A2 Ukuti Ukuti
Arranged By – Kassim Rajabu
A3 Ba Motoka Na Castle
Violin – John Cockin
Written-By – James Mpungo
A4 Kamungulwe
Arranged By, Lead Vocals – Katako Lubula
A5 Your Day Will Come
Bass – Kazadi Mbiya
Viola – John Cockin
Written-By – Kassim Rajabu
A6 Ani Uni
Arranged By, Lead Vocals – Kazadi Mbiya
B1 Wakulu Wa Kuno
Arranged By – Kassim Rajabu
B2 We Need Each Other
Violin – John Cockin
Written-By – James Mpungo
B3 Alhamdullilahi
Written-By – Kassim Rajabu
B4 Ntambwa
Arranged By, Lead Vocals – Katako Lubula
B5 How Can I Get To You
Violin – John Cockin
Written-By – Kassim Rajabu
B6 Ave Africa
Composed By – James Mpungo
Written-By – Eric Allendale
The TFC & Moto Moto 45s
C1 Simba Anguruma
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
4:36
C2 Kipato Sina
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
2:49
C3 Vijana
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
4:44
C4 Enzi Za Utumwani
Written-By – James Mpungo
4:13
C5 Black Is Beautiful
Written-By – James Mpungo
4:34
The Dar Es Salaam Radio Tapes
D1 Instrumental
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
D2 Simba Nguruma
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
D3 Black Is Beautiful
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
D4 Wakulu Wa Kuno
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
D5 Kosa Langu Mpenzi
Composed By – James Mpungo
The Lusaka Demos Limited Edition Cassette
A1 Burn
Written-By – Hembi Kongo
A2 Crisis
Written-By – Eric Allendale
3:36
A3 We Need Each Other
Written-By – James Mpungo
5:35
A4 Mseto Tekete
Written-By – James Mpungo
5:52
B1 Wito
Written-By – James Mpungo
5:29
B2 Mtanwa
Written-By – Katako Lubula
4:06
B3 Safari African
Written-By – Hembi Kongo, Katako Lubula
5:33
B4 Black Beauty
Written-By – Kassim Rajabu
4:48
B5 Wakulu
Written-By – James Mpungo
3:25
Ave Africa
1-1 Kitoto Sound
Written-By – Hembi Kongo
1-2 Ukuti Ukuti
Arranged By – Kassim Rajabu
1-3 Ba Motoka Na Castle
Violin – John Cockin
Written-By – James Mpungo
1-4 Kamungulwe
Arranged By, Lead Vocals – Katako Lubula
1-5 Your Day Will Come
Bass – Kazadi Mbiya
Viola – John Cockin
Written-By – Kassim Rajabu
1-6 Ani Uni
Arranged By, Lead Vocals – Kazadi Mbiya
1-7 Wakulu Wa Kuno
Arranged By – Kassim Rajabu
1-8 We Need Each Other
Violin – John Cockin
Written-By – James Mpungo
1-9 Alhamdullilahi
Written-By – Kassim Rajabu
1-10 Ntambwa
Arranged By, Lead Vocals – Katako Lubula
1-11 How Can I Get To You
Violin – John Cockin
1-12 Ave Africa
Composed By – James Mpungo
Written-By – Eric Allendale
2-1 Simba Anguruma
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
2-2 Kipato Sina
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
2-3 Vijana
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
2-4 Banchikicha
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
2-5 Black Is Beautiful
Written-By – James Mpungo
2-6 Mai Wetu Mai
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
2-7 Enzi Za Utumwani
Written-By – James Mpungo
2-8 Let’s Live Together
Written-By – James Mpungo
2-9 Matatizo Nyumbani
Written-By – James Mpungo
2-10 K.K. Of Zambia
Written-By – Sunburst (6)
The Dar Es Salaam Radio Tapes
2-11 Instrumental
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
2-12 Simba Nguruma
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
2-13 Enzi Za Utumwani
Written-By – James Mpungo
2-14 Black Is Beautiful
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
2-15 Wakulu Wakuno
Composed By – James Mpungo, Kassim Rajabu
2-16 Get A Little Older
2-17 Kosa Langu Mpenzi
Composed By – James Mpungo


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