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Randy Weston: Khepera

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Fresh from the emotional high of his February realization of Uhuru Africa on Brooklyn’s Majestic Theatre stage, the master Weston entered the studio bent on musically manifesting at least some element of his scholarly pursuit of the documented but little known African presence in ancient China. The vessel through which he portrays this unique cultural fusion is the pipa and gong playing of Min Xiao-Fen on two tracks, “The Shang, and “Portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop.” The latter celebrates the great African intellectual who is one of Weston’s abiding inspirations.

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