AMIRI BARAKA R.I.P. 1934-2014

January 10, 2014 – 4:58 pm

Amiri Baraka died January 9, 2014 after weeks of failing health, a family spokesperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones in Newark, NJ. After the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, Jones changed his name to Imamu Amiri Baraka, moved to Harlem and married his second wife, Amina (formerly Sylvia Robinson). Baraka’s work during the 1960s included the plays The Black Mass, The Toilet and The Slave; the poetry collections Black Art and Black Magic; and the provocative collection Home: Social Essays. Asked by NPR in 2007 how he would define himself, Baraka said, “Well, I guess as a poet and a political activist most consistently. I’ve written in all genres… But, you know, I guess throughout all of that, the poetry is at the base of it.” - Los Angeles Times

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AMIRI BARAKA SPEECH QUARTET
Parma Jazz Frontiere Festival 2007 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Casa della Musica, Parma, Italy; November 26, 2007. Excellent FM broadcast.

Thanks to survivor69 for sharing this at Dime.
Those interested in the lossless flacs can download them here.

survivor69 noted:

This ended up being much more intriguing than I thought. Highly regarded Afro-American writers Amiri Baraka and his wife Amina read their own lyrics over the music of well known jazz standards. After an instrumental introduction with a track by Dave Burrell, we first have Amina’s set (tracks 3-6) and then Amiri’s (tracks 7-9). I left the very interesting radio introduction in Italian as track 1, with Amiri Baraka’s bio - it runs for 5′40″, you can skip downloading it if you don’t understand Italian!

WARNING: there are a few skips on track 7 (from 5.50 to 6.10), these are from broadcast and NOT due to my recording equipment - I can just assume their engineers recorded their pre-FM masters on faulty media or faulty equipment.

FM radio broadcast by “Il Cartellone - Radio 3 Suite Jazz”, Radio 3 RAI [third channel of Italian national radio], on thur 25 September 2008, 23:05 hours CET.

Lineage (FM > MD > CDR > web):
Sony ST-S370 tuner > Sony MDS-JE640 [SP ATRAC3] minidisc deck > Maxell Colour MiniDisk > HHB CDR830 [full digital transfer via optical connection] > Taiyo Yuden CDR > extraction with EAC v0.99 prebeta 4 on HL GSA-T40N DVDRAM drive > 44100hz/16bit flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. radio introduction by Pino Saulo 5.40 (9.5MB)
Track 02. The Box [D Burrell] 2.56 (4.9MB)
Track 03. Blues Women (over All Blues, M Davis) 7.02 (11.8MB)
Track 04. Dirge (over Strange Fruit, B Holiday) 6.26 (10.8MB)
Track 05. I Wanna Make Freedom (over Blue Mink, T Monk) 8.00 (13.5MB)
Track 06. For The Lady in Colour (over God Bless The Child, B Holiday) 6.35 (11.1MB)
Track 07. Why Are We Americans (over Equinox, J Coltrane) 15.43 (26.4MB)
Track 08. The McBouty Bible (over A Night In Tunisia, D Gillespie) 10.09 (17.0MB)
Track 09. Somebody Blew Up America (over Mysterioso, T Monk) 12.21 (20.8MB)
75 mins

Lineup:
Amiri Baraka - voice
Amina Baraka - voice and singing
Dave Burrell - piano
William Parker - double bass

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  1. 7 Responses to “AMIRI BARAKA R.I.P. 1934-2014”

  2. not really all that good or interesting

    By dwight on Jan 10, 2014

  3. YO DUMBASS-who cares what you think?

    By the green room on Jan 10, 2014

  4. wasn`t interested
    but now dwight
    seems to be a good one
    thanks

    By fruchtas on Jan 11, 2014

  5. While I truly wish comfort to his family, Baraka sadly turned into a hateful bigot later in life. In his post 9-11 poem “Somebody Blew Up America” he asserted Israel knew in advance about the World Trade Center attacks. He wrote, “Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed/Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers/To stay home that day/Why did Sharon stay away?” We must all remain vigilant to call out those who choose to poison the world community with their lies, poison and fear mongering.

    By Larry Fishman on Jan 11, 2014

  6. He was a nasty little man.

    By Kim on Jan 12, 2014

  7. thank you.
    RIP Amiri

    By Paul on Jan 15, 2014

  8. just s couple of minor corrections
    track 5 is over Blue MONK
    track 8 is The McVOUTY Bible (Bouty definitely has a different connotation.)
    track 9 is over MISTERIOSO.

    By treborij on Jul 27, 2014

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