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Umsindo

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Jina Langu Ni Afrika (my Name Is Afrika)
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John De Conqueror (ona Moove)
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Seminole Unity Chant
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Uhuru Flight
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Daisies
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Okra
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Sermonette
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Fonky Day
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Generation/you Got It
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. Nsamanfo
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. Caracas
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Slice It
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So Far
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Roses
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Idlozi
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Slice It (reprise)
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Kids
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West Coast Prayer
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E.s.p.
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Beya
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I.q.
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De Wiz
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Roses Pt.2
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Diaspora
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 74:22

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07.14.09
Georgia Anne Muldrow, Umsindo
2009 | Label: E1 Music Canada / Entertainment One Distribution

There's still a riot goin' on. On her second solo outing, New York soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow finally releases the reins, giving in fully to the eccentricity that peppered her earlier outings. The results are breathtaking. Umsindo (the Zulu word for "sound) is a dizzying psyched-out head trip, a grand, quaking mash-up of avant-jazz and well-curdled late 60s funk. Even its straightforward numbers are delightfully skewed: "Funky Day," which is the closest Umsindo comes… read more »

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African Rhythm times Funk squared

Euphoros

Umsindo is the most recent album released by the enigmatic Muldrow. I’ve been waiting for it ever since I heard the strikingly beautiful “Roses” last year. Surprisingly, while that track is included on this release, the rest of the album is actually quite different. To me, Umsindo sonically sounds more like the spiritual successor to her side project, Pattie Blingh and the Akebulan Five or her 2007 G&D release with soulmate Dudley Perkins. The result is a very strong african rhythm vibe mixed in with a healthy dose of certified cosmic funk. While in my opinion, this album doesn’t quite reach the melodic explosions heard in Worthnothings and Olesi, this is a very strong effort and new material by Muldrow is and always will be eagerly anticipated by me. Anything released my her is a breath of fresh air.

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Beautiful & Powerful

mellomusicgroup

Georgia's music is sonic medicine for your eardrums

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Involved with so many recordings since the 2006 album Olesi: Fragments of an Earth, avant-R&B/hip-hop queen Georgia Anne Muldrow could be accused of spreading herself thin. There was Pattie Blingh & the Akebulan 5 (very nearly a one-woman show) and G&D (with Dudley Perkins), smaller-scale collaborations (highlighted by Erykah Badu’s “Master Teacher”), and several productions (most recently showcased on Eagle Nebula’s Cosmic Headphones and the Ms. One compilation). Released the same day as Perkins’ Holy Smokes, an equally lengthy disc for which she also served as producer, Umsindo is a sprawling and somewhat disjointed 74-minute album. Placing an exclamation point — or maybe an interrobang — on Muldrow’s creative energy, it is a prime example of the new school rhythm & blues where progressive soul, experimental jazz, and organic hip-hop are indivisible. Even if you’re up on the Zulu terms, like the album’s title (which means “Sound”) and “Nsamanfo” (“Ancestral Spirits”), or know that there is more to John the Conqueror than the root of the same name, a vast and complex volume of information is thrown in your direction. Production-wise, this is the most varied set of tracks Muldrow has made. Tribal hand percussion clashes with piercing and haunted synthesizers, lurching breaks dance with cobwebbed pianos, tangled funk guitar contends with fuzz-bass slabs and blunt drum thumps — and that covers only the first three tracks, one-eighth of the album. Though much of her time is divided between honoring her lineage, castigating irresponsible and ungrateful parents, criticizing foreign policy, and dishing out wisdom that belies her age, the relatively lighter moments are just as affecting. Just as Roy Ayers could effectively place something as carefree and simple as “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” beside deep and thoughtful material like “The Third Eye,” Muldrow mixes it up with “Roses” (reprised from Mos Def’s The Ecstatic, albeit without the MC’s contribution), where her swooping, off-center voice sings of the simple therapeutic joy that comes with doodling. Even that song turns out to be deceptively substantive, alluding to a level of resilience that might be required for the sake of remaining sane. – Andy Kellman

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