Uganda (Dawn of Rock): Vinyl Box SetMRBLP239
Label: Mr Bongo
Release Date: 30th September
Records like this are irresistible to us, look at the packaging alone, a beautiful box like you've received a text-pressing, an important document and in a way you have, you've just picked up Japanese acid psych prog, Afro-funk experimental gold. The percussion in this is so full of life, the slap of hands on drumskin and then met with an incoming onslaught of fuzz, experimental psych and blues, it feels like a stampede in the jungle but with time for some proggy synth jams.
A MAD MAD reissue you won't want to sleep on.
For those who dig: African Rock, Japanese Experimental Rock, Acid Psych, Prog keys and fantastically mad records.
For this offering, originally released in 1972 on Toshiba Records, Akira Ishikawa
takes us on a deep tripped-out journey. 'Uganda (Dawn of Rock)' is a fusion of
progressive and psych rock with African percussion workouts, dergy- wah wah
blues-funk, and jazzy sensibilities; with different genres morphing and uniting as
A long way from his funk and afrobeat album 'Back To Rhythm', re-issued on Mr
Bongo in 2019, this record has a darker, deeper, abstract and experimental stoned
tone with the listener being pulled into its vortex for the ride. This record doesn't
pull any punches.
For this album, Akira is joined by Hideaki Chihara on bass, guitarist Kimio
Mizutani, sounding at times like an early 70s Peter Green, percussionist Larry
Sunaga and composer Takeru Muraoka.
The album has become highly sought-after amongst psych, prog and acid rock
collectors and due to the rare nature of original copies they come at a hefty price
We are delighted to present an officially licensed re- issue of this underground
Japanese rock rarity.
1. Wanyamana Mapambazuko
2. Na Tu Penda Sana