The Blue Oneness of Dreams

The Blue Oneness of Dreams

by Sekou SundiataSekou Sundiata


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The sophomore album of poetry from Sekou Sundiata, English professor and New York aesthetic collector. The basic form is a collection of contemporary soul and jazz accompaniment to powerfully delivered spoken poems from Sundiata. The sound is more Afro-American-centric than Afro-centric, but there's a bit of a hearkening to more purely African sounds as the Senegalese drums are called out for "Philosophy of the Cool" at the end of the album. Sundiata shows off an outstanding range of vocal ability, working within the limited structure of the spoken word. He can give a sermon fit for an NAACP conference, or a string of stories somewhere between a stream of consciousness and a coherent story, all at a breakneck speed that makes Bobby McFerrin sound lazy. The atmosphere laid out by Sundiata's backing band and the occasional vocalists lend an ambience to the poetry that doesn't usually stand out so well on the majority of spoken word albums. There's some Malcolm X in here, some KRS-One, and some En Vogue, but at its core, there are only the original thoughts of an outstanding poet. This album doesn't ask to be listened to, it demands it.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/1997
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453439726
catalogNumber: 534397
Rank: 191010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sekou Sundiata   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Craig Harris   Didjeridu
Douglas Booth   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Damon Duewhite   Drums
Abdou M'Boup   Drums,Chekere
Bobby Sanabria   Percussion
Marvin Sewell   Guitar
Jorge Sylvester   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ronnell Bey   Vocals
Konrad Adderly   Bass

Technical Credits

Tim Conway   Engineer
Douglas Booth   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Abdou M'Boup   Tama
Sekou Sundiata   Arranger,Poetry,Lyricist,Producer
Douglas Booth   Composer

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