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Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Communication

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:20 am
by Adam Blake
This is rather cool. I just found it. Recorded in 1962, I believe, by the great Rudy van Gelder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWsCxVxxO50

Re: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Communication

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:48 pm
by NormanD
This is lovely stuff, thanks for posting Adam. I've not heard of him before. Music more than half a century old still sounds good, if not cooool.

I was musing about the number of African-Americans (although our guy here apparently came from the Caribbean isle of St. Vincent) adopted the Islamic faith and adopted Muslim names - likely because of genuine conviction, but with an added aspect of them perhaps seen by Mister Charlie as 'foreign' and therefore not so beholden to the standard Jim Crow restrictions that most Black performers were burdened down with in the 50s, 60s and earlier.

Now, of course, a Muslim name opens far fewer doors.

Re: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Communication

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:27 pm
by Adam Blake
The main attraction of Islam for African-Americans was, I believe, the lack of any kind of class system and the wholesale rejection of the system that had subjugated and enslaved them. Who could blame them? But I suspect Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam had a very different agenda on their minds. It seems slavery is a notoriously hard habit to break.