Sounds of Africa

Sounds of Africa is the fourth album by double bassist and oud player Ahmed Abdul-Malik featuring performances recorded in 1962 (with one track from 1961) and originally released on the New Jazz label.[1]

Sounds of Africa
Studio album by
RecordedMay 23, 1961 and August 22, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
LabelNew Jazz
NJLP 8282
ProducerEsmond Edwards
Ahmed Abdul-Malik chronology
The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik
Sounds of Africa
The Eastern Moods of Ahmed Abdul-Malik


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Rob Ferrier of Allmusic says, "Soaked with sounds that wouldn't become fashionable in jazz for nearly another decade, this is a very interesting statement by an overlooked musician... For those looking for something new, or perhaps in search of a missing musical link, this disc will reward repeated listens".[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Ahmed Abdul-Malik except as indicated

  1. "Wakida Hena" - 3:53
  2. "African Bossa Nova" - 6:00
  3. "Nadusilma" - 4:00
  4. "Out of Nowhere" (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) - 5:00
  5. "Communication" - 9:46
  6. "Suffering" - 5:13
  • Recorded at Van Gelder Studio on May 23, 1961 (track 4) and August 22, 1962 (tracks 1-3, 5 & 6)



  1. Prestige Records discography accessed May 31, 2013
  2. Ferrier, R. Allmusic Review accessed May 31, 2013
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