Tales Of Mozambique
★★★★ Soul Jazz
All roads in Rastafarian roots music lead to Count Ossie. He’s the lead character in this compelling subplot, the musician who was one of the first to put Rasta tenets into the heart of popular music. He did so from his camp in the hills above Kingston, Count Ossie and his drummers casting a spell on the musicians who gathered to check him out and then went on to spread the word about the powerful nyabinghi rhythms and mesmerising percussion. This is a reissue of the 1975 album Count Ossie made with his Rastafarian drummers and saxaphonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’s group The Mystics. It’s a groundbreaking, majestic work, by turns righteous in tone and joyous in execution. It’s the sound of Ossie and his ensemble narrating a history lesson and you’d be daft not to want to find out more.