Magazine article New Internationalist

Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection

Magazine article New Internationalist

Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection

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MUSIC Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection by Sun Ra (Strut/Art Yard CD, LP + digital)

In 1972, Sun Ra - the brilliant and entirely singular African-American musician - released a film called Space Is the Place. The plot, roughly, is this: Ra and his band/ crew - the Arkestra - voyage to another planet and decide it's a good place to settle Earth's black population. The film stands as an extraordinary vision of Afro-sci-fi-futurism. Ra, born in Alabama in 1914, came from a place where African Americans were vigorously oppressed. Why not go to another planet?

Ra, who died in 1993, left behind a huge and influential discography. In general terms, most of it focuses on his visionary jazz work. Here, Strut Records and Art Yard have come together to work on a vast swathe of hard-to-find, barely released Ra singles that span 1952-91. …

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