R.I.P: Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez, 1934-2015

September 7, 2015

Rico Rodriguez – “Lumumba” (1977)

This is just one of the many excellent tracks off Rodriguez’s seminal 1977 Man From Wareika LP. In addition to seamlessly blending jazz and roots reggae for an infectious and unique sound, the album exhibits Rodriguez’s own Rastafarian beliefs, held by a strong undercurrent of African-inspired themes as the title of this cut suggests. The album was eventually picked up for distribution by the legendary American jazz label, Blue Note.