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Ginger Johnson And His African Messengers

  • Label: Freestyle Records
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Genres: Afro, Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Funk, Jazz, Tropical, World
  • Format: LP
  • Catalogue number: 1972

Availability: In stock


Freestyle Records is incredibly proud to reissue the music of Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers. Its bedrock of African drums, hi life, and jazz was in fact the precursor to Afrobeat - and Gingers direct and vital influence upon Afrobeat, as guide & mentor to it's undisputed champion Fela Kuti is just one part of a fascinating and underappreciated story that only now is being recognised for its significance.

A very well presented vinyl reissue of a very rare UK-only LP, complete with extensive pics and liner notes on the inner sleeve. Archive quality!

Ginger and his group performed at The Royal Variety Performance, his music featured in theJames Bond film 'Live & Let Die' and Ginger himself appears on screen drumming in the Hammer Films cult classic 'She'. As a session musician he played for a bewilderingly wide range of acts such as Georgie Fame, Osibisa, Madeleine Bell and Quincy Jones. Ginger & his group also collaborated with many early rock bands such as Hawkwind, Argent,Thunderclap Newman, Genesis and Little Free Rock.

Perhaps Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers most high profile live engagement was performing with The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in 1969, as Ginger his troupe provided the percussive, high energy rhythmic bedrock to the infamous live version of Sympathy For The Devil.


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