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liked Oliver Lake’s “NTU: Point From Which Creation Begins”—a beautiful tribute to Africa. Steve Backer at Arista-Freedom has been doing a great job of bringing quality recordings to an enthusiastic American audience.
5. The Island Record Reggae invasion brings the often class conscious anger of Jamaica’s rastas and musical revolutionaries to a broad audience. The Third World Band, Burning Spear, and Peter Tosh have all, in recent months, brought a powerful apocalyptic message with them from the Carribean. One of my favorite
Reggae artists, Joe Higgs, an original Wailer who has toured with Jimmy Cliff, has produced a fine album. “Life of Contradiction.” It is only, to my knowledge, available from Micron Music, 14 Retirement Rd. Kingston, Jamaica W I. Albums cost $6.00 in Jamaica, so send more to cover handling and postage.
b. And prepare yourself for what might be the next Third World sensation in the United States. Africa might finally assert itself on the American musical scene when the U.S. audience discovers the Nigerian superstar Fela Ani-