I discovered Sun Ra last week on a cosy saturday night in with one of my favourite people completely randomly. We were getting ready to go to bed as it was 2am but ended up staying up til 6 just laying there, travelling through space, seeing through time through the psychadelic trumpets and crazy eclectic R A N D O M sounds. Its certainly not the type of music you can just skim through, u truly have to give it some time and let go as the music takes you to another universe. I’ve never taken acid but I felt like I was on it.

So I decided to do a bit of research on him and the more I read the more intrigued and curious I became. Sun Ra was a jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” musical compositions and performances. He spent a lot of his time walking around dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh with a sidekick by his side dresses as Thoth, the Egyptian God of wisdowm, the moon, magic and writing.

Claiming that he was of the “Angel Race” and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona of “cosmic” philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism (other artists of afrofuturism include Kode9, Jimi Hendrix, Afrika Bambaataa, Alice Coltrane, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bootsie Collins, Digable planets, DJ Spooky, George Clinton, Janelle Monae, Kool Keith, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Ras G) as he preached awareness and peace above all. He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the ancient Egyptian god of the sun)

His mainstream success was limited, but Sun Ra was a prolific recording artist and frequent live performer, Sun Ra’s music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of over 30 musicians; his music touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz; he was also a pioneer of electronic music, space music, free improvisation, and was one of the first musicians regardless of genre, to make extensive use of electronic keyboards.

I look forward to exploring his sound further…


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