The Positive Force With Ade Olatunji – Oracy
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Re-mastered re-issue from Spiritual Jazz from Detroit, 1977. Comes with fold-out insert of Ade Olatunji’s Poetry that features on the album and never before seen artwork designed by New Zealand based designer David Broome.
“I remember Detroit being a cultural hotbed in 1977. There was poetry, theater and music everywhere. I remember even a local bar on the east side even had a poetry night. I don’t remember a lot of unemployment or blighted neighbourhoods back then. The greatest takeaway from my trip to Nigeria, was the term “Oracy.” I want to say that Wole Soyinka, was giving a talk about about communicating with illiterate or functionally illiterate people and he was talking about oral literacy, or “oracy,” for short. It struck me as a perfect word– for what I was doing, practising. When we decided to produce a record of poetry and music there was no question that it would be titled “Oracy.”