Lous Moholo's Viva-La-Black
Ogun Records OG 533 (1988)
We had a request for this album in our requests section, described there as "completely obscure." As this blog thrives on complete obscurity, naturally we had to post it. This was Viva-La-Black's first album, folowed by "Exile" which recently has been rereleased on Ogun. Incidentally, this was the last vinyl album Ogun ever released as cds came to replace vinyls as the standard music reproduction format.
What we have here is a wonderfully varied album. Starting on the A side, we have the stately "Tristan's Line", followed by the lilting swing of "Joyful Noises" and rounding out the first side is the split-second (it's not over when you think it is) precision of "Mongezi-Frames Part One". Flipping the record over, figuratively speaking, we get the elegiac "Lost Opportunities" (my fave), the companion piece to "Frames", "Mad High" and rounding out the proceedings is the propulsive fast-forward shuffle of "Woza". Very accessible, very enjoyable, all in all, and an item not to be left to the dustbins of history, in my opinion. Fine musicianship all around, but a special mention of the very fine sax work of Sean Bergin.
1. Tristan's Line (Tristan Honsinger)
2. Joyful Noises (Chris McGregor)
3. Mongezi-Frames Part One (Keith Tippett)
1. Lost Opportunities (Harry Miller)
2. Mad High (Mongezi Feza)
3. Woza (Louis Moholo)
Louis Moholo leader/drums/vocals
Sean Bergin tenor/alto saxes
Claude Deppa trumpet/flugel horn
Thebe Lipere congas/percussion/drums
Roberta Bellatalla double bass