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Etuk Ubong: Africa Today

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Lagos-based Etuk Ubong is part of a long line of fiery, Afrobeat-rooted, hard bop-influenced trumpeters which stretches back to Tunde Williams, who was in the 1960s a founder member of Fela Kuti's seminal band, Africa 70. Kuti's legacy figures large in Ubong's music, which he styles “earth music" and which is characterised by urgent tempos, powerful horn charts and highly charged socio-political lyrics. Ubong made his own-name debut in 2017, when he released Tales Of Life (Jazzagression). ...

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Etuk Ubong: Purpose Of Creation / Etuk's Ritual

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Lagos-based Etuk Ubong is part of a long line of fiery Afrobeat-rooted trumpeters which stretches back to Tunde Williams, a founder member of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band in the 1960s. The lineage's foundational provenance is centred around players such as Lee Morgan and early period Freddie Hubbard. Ubong made his own-name debut in 2017, when he released the quartet album Tales Of Life (Jazzagression), an excellent post-hard bop outing which made little impact outside Nigeria. At the ...


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