Personnel: Abdullah Ibrahim (keyboards, soprano saxophone, conga), Carlos Ward (alto & soprano saxophone), Jeff Jawarrah King, Dwayne Armstrong (tenor saxophone), Kenny Rogers (baritone saxophone), Gary Chandler (trumpet), Malindi Blyth Mbityana, Craig Harris (trombone), Lawrence Lucie (banjo), Cecil McBee (bass), Andre Strobert (drums, percussion), Miguel Pomier (percussion).
Personnel: Abdullah Ibrahim (soprano saxophone, keyboards, congas); Lawrence Lucie (banjo); Carlos Ward (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Dwayne Armstrong, Jeff King (tenor saxophone); Kenny Rogers (baritone saxophone); Gary Chandler (trumpet); Craig Harris , Malindi Blyth Mbityana (trombone); Andre Strobert (drums, percussion); Miguel Pomier (percussion).
Recording information: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (12/1979).
This is one of Abdullah Ibrahim's most colorful band recordings. With a 12-piece group that includes altoist Carlos Ward, trombonist Craig Harris and bassist Cecil McBee along with some lesser-known names, Ibrahim performs eight folklike originals that pay tribute to his life growing up in South Africa. "The Homecoming Song," "Anthem for the New Nation" and especially "The Wedding" (a beautiful hymn) are particularly memorable. ~ Scott Yanow