ShowDiasporic Music
Broadcast TitleDiasporic Music on January 22, 2017
Broadcast Date2017-01-22
Record Date2017-01-22
OF AFRICA (GRILA) on the current situation in the Gambia

Ayuko Babu Executive Director - The Pan African Film Festival

Ayuko Babu is an international cultural, political and legal
consultant specializing in Pan African affairs. He has been the
Executive Director of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF)
since 1992. In addition to PAFF, Mr. Babu currently serves as a
permanent member of the jury of the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards
(AMAA), headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. AMAA is the world’s largest
Pan African film awards event, covering the continent of Africa and
its worldwide Diaspora.

Tribute to Archie Shepp

Early Life

Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, politically committed
poet, playwright, Archie Shepp is a legend.

Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended
high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with
theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote:
«The Communist», an allegorical play about the situation of black
Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical
musicians of the time: Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Jimmy Garrison, Ted
Curson, Beaver Harris ... his political consciousness found an
expression in plays and theatrical productions which barely allowed
him to make a living. In the beginning sixties he met Cecil Taylor and
did two recordings with him which were determining.

The Sixties

In 1962 he signed his first record with Bill Dixon as co-leader.
During the following year, he created the New York Contemporary Five
with John Tchichai, made four records for Fontana, Storyville and
Savoy and travelled to Europe with this group. Starting in August
1964, he worked with Impulse and made 17 records among which, Four For
Trane, Fire Music, and Mama Too Tight, some of the classics of Free
Music. His collaboration with John Coltrane materialized further with
Ascension in 1965, a real turning point in Avant-Garde music. His
militancy was evidenced by his participation in the creation of the
Composers Guild with Paul and Carla Bley, Sun RA, Roswell Rudd and
Cecil Taylor.

A first rate Artist and Intellectual

In July 1969 he went for the first time to Africa for the Pan African
Festival in Algiers where many black American militants were living.
On this occasion he recorded Live for Byg the first of six albums in
the Actual series. In 1969 he began teaching Ethnomusicology at the
University of Amherst, Massachusetts; at the same time he continued to
travel around the world while continuing to express his identity as an
African American musician.

The dictionary of Jazz (Robert Laffont, Bouquins) defines him in the
following way: «A first rate artist and intellectual, Archie Shepp has
been at the head of the Avant- Garde Free Jazz movement and has been
able to join the mainstream of Jazz, while remaining true to his
esthetic. He has developed a true poli-instrumentality: an alto
player, he also plays soprano since 1969, piano since 1975 and more
recently occasionally sings blues and standards.»

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