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Suns of Arqa

Suns of Arqa Origins: U.K., Jamaica, India, Middle East, pan-Africa
Styles: Indian fusion, Middle Eastern fusion, reggae, dub, Indian vibes, chillout, world groove, Balkan fusion, funk, ambient-dark, psychedelic, folk, neo-folk, Celtic fusion
Discography: 2011 - Scared Sacred
2011 - Know Thyself
2011 - Stranger Music
2008 - Through the Gate We Go
2006 - Big and Live
2005 - Hallucinasia
2003 - Tributey
2003 - Shabada
2003 - Technomore: Remixes Vol. 4
2003 - Magiczna Mitose
(Full Discography)
Web Site: www.sunsofarqa.co.uk

The slightly bizarre but always fascinating world music collective Suns of Arqa was founded by Michael Wadada in 1979. They are one of the oldest world fusion groups, but still largely unknown - enigmatically a curse from which they have always suffered. As a post-hippieish Indian vibes band with a hint of reggae, they released 'Revenge of the Mozabites,' an interesting album that went virtually unnoticed until Peter Gabriel came across a copy in 1982 as he was putting together the very first World of Music and Dance festival (WOMAD), and asked Suns of Arqa to come and perform. Ever since, Suns of Arqa have been a favorite at summer outdoor festivals, their music running the gambit from India to Africa to Jamaica to Ireland.

Suns of Arqa has always been a world fusion festival jam band with over 200 members from across the globe passed through its ranks, many of them met by Wadada during his extensive travels and sharing his interest in indigenous, tribal, folk and classical music traditions. As can be seen below, Suns of Arqa has been quite prolific, recording several hundred songs live and in the studio and remixing or being remixed on dozens more. No two albums are similar and many distinct musical styles can be found in their music. I doubt any other artist listed on this site will have as many musical styles listed as Suns of Arqa. Wadada has always been a bit reclusive but when not frequently playing at summer outdoor festivals he assuredly is in his studo recording his next album.

 

Full Discography

2011 - Scared Sacred
2011 - Know Thyself
2011 - Stranger Music
2008 - Through the Gate We Go
2006 - Big and Live
2005 - Hallucinasia
2005 - Muslimgauze: The Suns of Arqa Mixes
2003 - Tributey
2003 - Shabada
2003 - Technomore: Remixes Vol. 4
2003 - Magiczna Mitose
2003 - Govinda's House in the City of Nine Gates: Remixes Vol. 2
2001 - Universe City
2000 - Cosmic Jugalbandi
2000 - Total Eclipse of the Suns Remixes
1999 - Jaggernaut Whirling Dub
1999 - Suns of Arqa meet the Gayan Uttejak Orchestra
1997 - Animan
1995 - Kokoromoghi
1994 - Cradle
1994 - Arqaology
1994 - Alap-Joe-Jhala
1994 - Land of a Thousand Churches
1983 - Live With Prince-Far-I
1988 - Jaggernaut
1987 - Seven
1984 - Ark of the Arkans
1982 - A Brief History of S.O.A.
1982 - India?
1980 - Wadada Magic
1979 - Revenge of the Mozabites


 

 

 

 

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