Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz

In the most recent Wax Poetics issue, which I highly recommend purchasing, the magazine reviews a number of amazing and rare African artists and records. One of the albums featured in the latest issue is Hugh Masekela's amazing 1973 release "Hugh Masekela Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz". This funky record which combines Masekela's signature jazz sound alongside the Afrobeat grooves of Ghana's Hedzoleh Soundz. Masekela teamed up with this group after he arrived in West Africa during the early 70's looking for a fresh group of musicians to perform with. After hearing the seven member group of Hedzoleh Soundz at the Napoleon nightclub in Accra, Masekela recruited the group to become his new backing band. Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz is the only album recorded by this collaborative group and features some amazing tracks including "Languta", "Adade", "Rekpete", among many others. Overall, this short-lived collaboration is beautifully captured in this amazing record, which certainly works out to be one of Masekela's finest.

Hugh Masekela - Languta

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Edgar Um Bucholtz said...

beautiful LP. the sweetness.

Anonymous said...

They are still around with a new album on the way.