Big Black’s African Octet: A Message to Our Ancestors. Big Black.

Big Black’s African Octet: A Message to Our Ancestors

San Francisco: np, ca. 1967. Screenprint. 13 x 17 in. Near Fine. Item #5405

Percussionist Danny Ray aka Big Black and his band perform from November 7 to 19 at San Francisco’s Both/And. Ray was one of the first African-American artists to promote and perform African roots music, hence the name of his debut album and the subtitle on this poster, "A Message to our Ancestors." Big Black began his career in Miami playing in salsa and calypso bands in the 1950’s before moving to New York in the early 1960’s. In New York he connected with the bebop scene and became a live percussionist for Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and others. He was dubbed the ‘king of congas’ and began spreading a message of black self-love and the fusion and reconnection with African music. He went on to perform with Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra, and others.

Price: $500.00

Status: On Hold
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