COUNT OSSIE

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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.

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