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CD released: May 05, 2017

Tracklisting:
1. Money Money (Bananas) (04:39)
2. 707 (04:27)
3. Take Me High (04:47)
4. Special Night (04:06)
UMOJA
707
Label: AWESOME TAPES FROM A
Cat No: ATFA025CD
Barcode: 751937439226
Packaging: CD Regular

A monumental career in pop music isn't easy when the system is built against you. But South African songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist "Om" Alec Khaoli managed to do just that. As apartheid reached its violent peak, Khaoli pursued an escapist form of dance music that resonated across his complicated country, influencing countless legends and releasing recordings across the world. He was a key member of several crucial bands but the outfit where he found most commercial success was Umoja.
Umoja, which means oneness or unity in Swahili, was clear in its message to the public despite the lack of expressive freedom at the time. "Oriented towards society, advocating uniting of people. Race was the big thing," Khaoli says. "We wanted people to come together and unite and just form a oneness." Indeed the band's fanbase was mixed among black, colored and white fans. However, their lyrics were not overtly political. "If you wrote songs about apartheid, we would disguise them. If we used language as it was, we would get arrested."

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