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ALBUMS BY LENA HORNE, RANDY WESTON
In a recent action by the government-controlled Board of
Censors, the Union of South Africa officially banned two albums by U.S.
artists: pianist-composer Randy Weston's Uhuru Afrika and singer Lena
Horneís Here's Lena NOW The records join drummer Max Roach's Freedom Now
Suite, banned in an earlier South African decision. Copies of the Weston
and Horne albums were seized in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In the future,
the Board said, it will examine carefully all records imported from the
United States featuring Negro artists, particularly any that use "freedom"
in the title. Mr. Weston's Uhuru Afrika is a four-movement suite --"an
American salute to an emerging continent"-- which grew out of the
composerís interest in African music and culture. As recorded on Roulette
Records by an all-star orchestra led by Mr. Weston, with arrangements by
Melba Liston and lyrics to two of the movements by noted poet-playwright
Langston Hughes, it represents a meeting of African rhythms and Western
melodic concepts. Miss Home's album, on 20th Century-Fox Records, contains
a number of songs associated with the U.S. civil rights movement as well
as more generally "popular" material.
Jazz Publicity Service
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