Saturday, August 8

Hugh Mundell - Africa Must Be Free By 1983 + Dub (1978)


"The teenaged Hugh Mundell cut Africa Must Be Free by 1983 under the tutelage of the legendary producer Augustus Pablo in the mid-'70s, and had a Jamaican hit with the title track. Mundell's artlessly fervent singing is attractive far out of proportion to his technical skill. It's the sincerity and devotion in his voice that make successes of songs like 'Let's All Unite' and 'My Mind' -- that and the rock-solid instrumental backing of Pablo's studio band, which at this time included bassist and trombonist Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace and guitarists Earl 'Chinna' Smith and Jeffrey Chung. The CD issue of this album includes dub versions of six of the original album's eight tracks, as well as several other miscellaneous dub tracks. Like too many of Jamaica's best reggae musicians, Mundell died young -- in an almost creepy irony (given the title of his hit song), he was shot and killed in 1983 at the age of 21."
allmusic
YouTube: Africa Must Be Free By 1983 [Full Album], Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub [Full Album]

2010 September: Hugh Mundell, 2009 December: Augustus Pablo, 2011 November: King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo and King Tubby, 2011 May: East of the River Nile, 2013 January: King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, 2015 April: Valley of Jehosaphat (1999), 2015 June: Hugh Mundell & Augustus Pablo - Jah Will Provide + Hungry (Dub Version).

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