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Tarika Blue: Tarika Blue

A New York-based fusion band that recorded for the jazz label Chiaroscuro Records during the ’70s, Tarika Blue came to the attention of a more contemporary audience when singer Erykah Badu sampled its hypnotic tune “Dreamflower” for her hit “Didn’t Cha Know.” Badu had used the tune without permission, though, and the settlement she and her label paid for the sample allowed Chiaroscuro to launch a new label called Downtown Sounds, whose first release is the single CD Tarika Blue, a reissue of the group’s two albums: 1976’s self-titled debut and 1977’s The Blue Path.

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