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Monday, August 8, 2011


You may remember that the title cut from this soundtrack LP was included on Tough Jazz One! DJ 'Cosmic' Clark Quente. That cut alone merits the purchase. Deep deep afro spiritual jazz. Have had the "Black Goddess" soundtrack for a number of years, though it's from Brasil, so it's called "A Deusa Negra". (See below) Scarcely turns up, though you can pick one up on Mercado Livre right now.

Or spend less. Soundway just re-issued it! BUY IT.

The Re-issue

Soundway Records are proud to present the original soundtrack to Ola Balogun’s legendary movie ‘Black Goddess’ from 1978. The film was written and directed by Balogun (recognized as one of Nigeria’s most renowned directors) but shot and cast in Brazil.

The soundtrack, Soundway’s deepest venture into experimental afro-jazz, was composed and produced by one of Nigeria’s most successful and original musicians Remi Kabaka (who has played with Steve Winwood, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and Ginger Baker amongst others).

The record was originally issued in both Nigeria and Brazil, but recorded in Lagos, using four of the Nigerian music scene’s most innovative players: Remi Kabaka himself, alongside Biddy Wright, saxophonist Dele Okonkwo and Mono Mono frontman Joni Haastrup.

The resulting soundtrack created by these prestigious musicians is a truly unique and experimental afro-jazz recording that has been out of print for many years, until now.

“One of the finest moments in Nigeria’s experimental Afro-jazz scene – at least until Soundway unearth a better one.” Time Out

Original Brazilian pressing, 1978.

Original film poster


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