Shaft In Africa
The first ‘Shaft’ movie soundtrack, scored by Isaac Hayes, was one of the most popular and innovative soundtracks for its time. For the second Shaft movie, director Gordon Parks tried to make the soundtrack himself and didn’t fare nearly as well. For the third in the series, ‘Shaft in Africa’, the call went to Johnny Pate. Pate was a great choice, because like Hayes, Pate had the background in sophisticated orchestral arranging as well as a background performing street tough funky RnB. Its this combination of conga and wah-wah guitar driven rhythms topped with slick modern orchestrations that are the hallmark of the highly collectable 70s crime jazz soundtrack commonly referred to as “blaxploitation”.