Remembering Randy Weston

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Thu, 10/11/2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tribute to the late composer and pianist

Randy Weston, who celebrated the African origins of jazz and the myriad other styles created by Africans in the Americas. Weston passed away Sept. 1 at the age of 92, bringing to a close an illustrious 60+ year career, in which he stressed that Africanness, studied it's roots, even lived in Africa for a period of time,  and helped to bring African music to audiences here in America. From a young age Weston developed an Afrocentric worldview; his father being Panamanian with Jamaican ancestry and a supporter of Marcus Garvey's message of Pan-Africanism.  Citing Ellington and Monk as being his greatest influences as a pianist and composer, Weston took what he learned from those masters, infused it with direct African and Afro-Caribbean influences, and created a new trans-Atlantic fusion, beginning with his 1960 album, Uhuru Afrika. In the years to come, Weston would travel widely in Africa and spent five years living in Morocco, where he ran Tangier's African Rhythms Club. It was there that he also fell under the spell of the music of the Gnawa, which was to have a lasting influence. This week Africa O-Yé presents the music of Randy Weston.

 

 

Episode Playlist

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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Niger Mambo
    Album
    African Cookbook
    Label
    Koch
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Blue in Tunisia
    Album
    Ancient Future/Blue
    Label
    Mutable Music
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Jamaica East
    Album
    Tanjah
    Label
    Verve
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Mystery of Love
    Album
    Khepera
    Label
    Verve
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Zulu
    Album
    Uhuru Africa / Highlife
    Label
    Roulette Jazz
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Afro Black
    Album
    African Rhythms
    Label
    Comet (France)
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    Randy Weston
    Song
    The Gathering
    Album
    Saga
    Label
    Verve
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Blue Moses
    Album
    The Spirits of Our Ancestors
    Label
    Antilles
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Congolese Children
    Album
    Uhuru Africa / Highlife
    Label
    Roulette Jazz
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Chalabati Blues
    Album
    volcano blues
    Label
    Verve
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    La Elaha-Ella Allah/Morad Allah
    Album
    The Spirits of Our Ancestors
    Label
    Antilles
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Marrakech Blues
    Album
    African Rhythms
    Label
    Comet (France)
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    African Sunrise
    Album
    The Storyteller
    Label
    Motema
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop
    Album
    Khepera
    Label
    Verve
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Tanjah
    Album
    Tanjah
    Label
    Verve
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    Artist
    Randy Weston
    Song
    Niger Mambo
    Album
    Uhuru Africa / Highlife
    Label
    Roulette Jazz