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Alfred Panou & The Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Je Suis Un Sauvage/Le Moral Necessaire

Alfred Panou & The Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Je Suis Un Sauvage/Le Moral Necessaire

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Repressed; originally released for RSD 2019. First ever vinyl reissue.

A single produced by the highly-revered Saravah label at the time, featuring the Art Ensemble of Chicago backing the poetry of the little-remembered Alfred Panou, is not as well-known as the label's other releases. Seen in the 1967 film Weekend by Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Panou who is of mixed Benin-Togolese origin, already had a career as an actor in political theater when, pushed by producer Pierre Barouh, he recorded two of his texts concerning Black Power. Panou's prose is one of the first, in its own way, to question the notion of black identity. The rowdy poly-instrumental jungle fantasy of the Art Ensemble of Chicago creates a musical counterpoint.