“Africa Must be Free by 1983”, the outstanding 1978 album by singer Hugh Mundell, has been reissued VP Records. It is part of the label's celebrations marking Greensleeves Records' 40th anniversary.
Mundell was only 16 when musician/producer Augustus Pablo directed him on Africa Must Be Free by 1983. The son of middle-class parents, he attended Ardenne High School, but left for a music career and Rastafari.
He had already developed a strong underground following in Europe and the United States West Coast when he was killed in his car at Grants Pen Avenue in St Andrew in 1983.
With him at the time was a teenaged singer named Junior Reid.
Ricardo Codrington, 25, was arrested and charged with Mundell's murder. Two years after the incident, he was given a 10-year prison sentence.
Hugh Mundell came into the music business through singer/musician Boris Gardiner, a family friend.
His initial sessions with Pablo in 1976 were done at Lee “Scratch” Perry's Black Ark studio and yielded the songs Africans/Africa Must be Free and My My.
Mundell had a profound impact on emerging singers from the Kingston community of Waterhouse, where he had settled. They included Reid and Lacksley Castell, as well as Fitzroy Francis, a musically-inclined youth from the area.
“Hugh Mundell was a major influence in the Waterhouse community and especially on Junior Reid. Chris Chin, president of VP Records, said Africa Must be Free by 1983 “is just as salient as it was then and a great representation of the two artistes who spent their lives creating music they were passionate about.”
Augustus Pablo died in June 1999 at age 44.
For this reissue all tracks were remastered and re-sequenced, resulting in a showcase style album.
Also available both albums as individual LP’s.
1.Let's All Unite - Hugh Mundell
2.Unity Dub - Augustus Pablo
3.My Mind - Hugh Mundell
4.My Mind Dub - Augustus Pablo
5.Africa Must Be Free By 1983 - Hugh Mundell
6.Africa Dub - Hugh Mundell
7.Why Do Black Men Fuss And Fight - Hugh Mundell
8.Book Of Life - Hugh Mundell
9.Levi Dub - Augustus Pablo
10.Run Revolution A Come - Hugh Mundell
11.Revolution Dub - Augustus Pablo
12.Day Of Judgement - Hugh Mundell
13.Judgement Day - Augustus Pablo
14.Jah Will Provide - Hugh Mundell
15.Ital Slip - Augustus Pablo
16.Western Kingston Style - Augustus Pablo
17.Sufferer Dub - Augustus Pablo