Lulu-Wena – A Rhapsody In Black (1976)

A strange, beautifully performed (particularly the drumming) album.   Not the half-assed bandwagon hop of the previous post’s Beatles/Tijuana interface, but, I think, a genuine pre-World Music (as a definitive genre) artistic endeavour blending African rhythm and corale-style to a Western pop feel.  While it’s ultimately a little too upbeat for my taste, small doses reward.

The sleeve (not the US gatefold, dammit) is a bit dodgy, portraying, as it does, some sort of gurning “primitive” phallic ritual sacrifice that belongs more to Victorian Dark Continent romance than legitimate cultural exchange.

Published in: on December 3, 2010 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment  

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