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"Juba Juba" by Yusef Lateef
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From Part 2 of: Memory-Song Painted Gold: for The Blue Yusef Lateef

The only song I had been able to recall from the album while in San Francisco had been “Juba Juba,” but once I obtained the full CD, each of the eight compositions shared something brilliant with me. After listening to the second song, “Like It Is,” I immediately played it again. And then again. And again. Exactly how many times I listened to it nonstop I couldn’t say but the magic that had visited me in San Francisco returned and once more I was moved to lift my pen and write inside the flow of Lateef’s playing. The result this time was the poem “Like It Is Us,” later published in both Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black and in ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love.

--Aberjhani

Yusef Lateef Gold digital portrait courtesy of Bright Skylark Literary Productions.
Derived from original 1968 Atlantic Records album cover.