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Africa Must Be Free By 1983 by Hugh Mundell

Africa Must Be Free By 1983 by Hugh Mundell

Africa Must Be Free By 1983 by Hugh Mundell

By Jean Lenormand on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Comment



In commemoration of the Greensleeves 40th anniversary this year, the label re-release Africa Must be Free by 1983 from the original release in 1978. This new release offers a re-mastered and re-sequenced of the classic album of Hugh Mundell and Augustus Pablo. The first-part CD includes eight tracks by Hugh Mundell including ‘Africa Must be Free by 1983’, 'Book Of Life', 'Let’s All Unite' and more. The second-part includes nine dub tracks by Augustus Pablo mixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s features dubs from the vocal album including a searing cut to ‘Great Tribulation’, entitled ‘Western Kingston Style’ along with ‘Sufferer Dub’ a version to Pablo’s ‘Sufferer’s Choice’.

The origins of the project began when the more mature Pablo witnessed the precocious talent in fourteen- year old Mundell. Their first recording of two songs ‘Africans/Africa Must be Free’ and ‘My My’ at Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio flourished into the material of a full-length album, spawning the 1978 album release. Hugh Mundell passed away at the age of 21, when he was tragically shot in his car in Grant’s Pen Avenue, Kingston. His wife and child, Junior Reid, who went on to be a famous reggae/dancehall artist, were in the car and survived. Pablo later passed away in 1999. Together their music lives on well past the years they were living.

“Africa Must Be Free by 1983 is a very important release from the VP/Greensleeves catalog,” said Christopher Chin, president of VP Records and Executive Producer of the project. “In 2017, the music is just as salient as it was then and a great representation of the two artists who spent their lives creating music they were passionate about.”

This re-release is available since August 18th 2017 on CD, Vinyl and digital plateforms.

Tracklist CD1:

  1. Let’s All Unite
  2. My Mind
  3. Africa Must Be Free By 1983
  4. Why Do Black Men Fuss And Fight
  5. Book Of Life
  6. Run Revolution A Come
  7. Day Of Judgement
  8. Jah Will Provide
  9. Ital Slip

Tracklist CD2:

  1. Levi Dub
  2. Revolution Dub
  3. Judgement Dub
  4. Sufferer Dub
  5. Unity Dub
  6. My Mind Dub
  7. Africa Dub
  8. Western Kingston Style

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