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Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari - Tales Of Mozambique

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Seminal Nyabinghi Jazz from around 1975, reissued and remastered -

The legendary music of Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari should need no introduction to those familiar with the foundation sounds of Jamaican music, Count Ossie being on of the central figures in the formative years of Jamaican music, specifically a key musical component in the movement of Rastafari and Black empowerment in post-colonial Jamaica.

"Count Ossie's legendary  sessions up in his Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, are famous for the many Jamaican musicians who attended including The Skatalites players – Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Lloyd Knibbs – and many others.

The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari formed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970, a union of Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers – variously known as his African Drums, Wareikas or his Afro-Combo – and the saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks’ horns group, The Mystics.

The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the defining group in bringing authentic Rastafarian rhythms into the collective consciousness of popular music, their unique music is at once rooted in the deep traditions and rituals of traditional drumming and chanting alongside a forward-thinking, even avant-garde, artistry influenced by the likes of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and other pioneering African-American jazz artists radicalised and charged by the civil rights movement of the 1960s."

The spirit of reggae music is heavily rooted in these recordings, but Cedric Brooks wild and untamed Saxophone and the freeform, bass guitar and percussive elements really make this a timeless and wholly crucial album, truly invigorating stuff.

Even if you purchase this double-disc package simply for the tracks 'Sam's Intro' and 'Run One Mile' - we won't fault you for it, but the whole thing is an absolute stormer.

1 Sam's Intro
2 Tales Of Mozambique
3 Selam Nna Wadada (Peace & Love)
4 No Night In Zion
5 I Am A Warrior
6 Wicked Babylon
7 Let Freedom Reign
8 Lock, Stock & Barrel
9 Nigerian Reggae
10 Run One Mile
11 Rasta Reggae
12 Samia

Run One Mile / Rasta Reggae

Sam's Intro / Tales Of Mozambique / Selam Nna Wadada (Peace & Love)

Let Freedom Reign / Lock, Stock & Barrel

No Night In Zion / I Am A Warrior / Wicked Babylon