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Roy Ayers – Africa: Center of the World (1981) (Audio)

This is a transitional album of Roy Ayers that focuses on his connection with the motherland.

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The Unconventional Mother's Day Playlist

There are songs that we all identify with when it comes to our feelings about our mothers, but here is a list of unconventional songs that pay tribute to our mothers, both literally and indirectly. (Art by Said Ali Sowafy)

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Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers – Music of Many Colors (Audio) (1980)

There are only a select few that have had a career that can parallel Roy Ayers, but this is one thing that sets him apart from all the rest.

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Bobby Hutcherson – Montara (1975)

Bobby Hutcherson's most unconventional work proves to be his best. "Montara" is not only Hutcherson's best work, but it could be one of Blue Note's best releases.

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Art Blakey & the Afro-Drum Ensemble – The African Beat (1962)

Art Blakey teams up with the Afro-Drum Ensemble as he records a jazz album fused with a traditional African sound.

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Cymande – Second Time Around (1973) (Audio)

This band may go overlooked when it comes to the genre of fusion, but they should definitely be on top of everyones list.

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Amerigo Gazaway – Fela Soul (2011)

Using the works of Fela Kuti and De La Soul, Amerigo Gazaway connects the rich musical tradition of the African diaspora.

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Fela Kuti and Africa 70 in Berlin (1976) (Video)

Fela performs "Cross Examination" in this excellent quality video, which also shows the magnificence of Africa 70 and Fela's dancers.

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Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Fela Version) (Live)

A rare look and listen to Roy Ayers performing a Fela-Inspired version of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine".

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Hugh Masekela – A Night in Tunisia (Audio) (Circa 1974)

Hugh Masekela fuses his African sound with a timeless Jazz classic.

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