Freestyle Rec / Whale
– Ginger Johnson was the mentor of Fela Kuti in the 60’s and his work is considered the origin of Afrobeat
– Released in the late 60’s, the African Party album is reissued for the first time
– The album will be available on vinyl, CD and digital from June 22
– Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers played with the Rolling Stones in 1969
Before Afrobeat, there was Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers!
Freestyle Records are incredibly proud to announce the reissue of African Party Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers. A pioneer of Afrobeat, Ginger Johnson was even the mentor of its figurehead, Fela Kuti, but its importance is never appreciated at its true value.
In March 1967, Ginger and his band enter the Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, to save African Party but Ginger Johnson music is also found on the soundtrack of James Bond “Live and Let Die” and it even appears on screen in the cult film “She”. The group also collaborated with rock bands such as Hawkwind, Silver, Thunderclap Newman, Genesis and Little Rock Free, but their most striking fact of weapon typically is their participation in the Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park in 1969 providing percussion of the incredible live version of “Sympathy for the Devil”.
Interviews: Ginger’s son, Dennis Dee Mac Johnson and one of the founding members of the band and longtime collaborator Ginger Johnson, Lord Eric Sugumugu, are available for interviews.
Quotes: “It’s great to see the work of a legend made available to today’s generation Ginger Johnson has inspired all kinds of music:. Masters At Work Nuyorican Soul and Elements Of Life have all inspired by his work; it is time for the world to see how the music is timeless Ginger “-Louie Vega (Masters At Work / Elements Of Life / Nuyorican Soul)!
“Ginger Johnson was one of the great forgotten in the British African music, but in the 60s, it was essential in jazz, R & B and especially the psyche scene. He added a festive atmosphere at all events to which he attended, reminding his audience his African roots “- David Toop (The Wire)
Born George Johnson Folunsho in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria, in 1916, Ginger Johnson engages in the Nigerian Navy at 18. At the end of the Second World War, Ginger decided to settle in London. There he began working with saxophone legend Ronnie Scott, who uses his talents on stage, but also on several recordings of jazz label Esquire.
In the 60s, Ginger became the mentor of some Fela Kuti. The London residence Ginger becomes a center for music creation and Fela whole community of musicians. At this time, Fela – and all others – Ginger called “Father.”
Beyond music, Ginger was a social activist, a music educator, and a club owner: Iroko’s Club innorth London, welcomed groups like Osibisa, Sun Ra, George Clinton and Funkadelic or Cymande, three of whose members have sharpened their claws in the group of Ginger.