Freestyle Records are incredibly proud to reissue the music of Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers. Its bedrock of African drums, hi life, and jazz was in fact the precursor to Afrobeat. In the 60s Ginger was mentor and guru to a young Fela Kuti. Ginger’s London home became a vibrant hub of African music activity for Fela and an entire host of musicians who would gather there to exchange news, talk, eat and jam for hours on end. To Fela, and all who gravitated towards Ginger’s home, he was simply known and addressed as ‘Father’.
The Reissue of this sought after album will be available on Freestyle Records June 22.
And while you’re at it, take some time to watch the untold story of Ginger Johnson, the legendary forefather of what eventually became Afrobeat, and the mentor to a young Fela Kuti in 1960s London.