Thursday, 9 April 2009

Malik Yaqub; Yaqub Speaks


Yaqub Speaks. Collectors Series, Volume 1 (HY-4141)
The House of Yaqub, 1980.

Here's some pretty far-out stuff from Malik Yaqub (formerly Macks Spears). The extensive liner notes, offered in Arabic/ French/ Japanese/ Chinese/ Tagalog, detail Malik's checkered and varied history. Part of this history involves various problems for Malik returning to the States from numerous "religious" trips abroad.

Quote; "for over eight of the past twelve years Yaqub has served prison terms for the importation of illegal drugs into the US. Drugs that are commomly used in all African, Asian and Native American cultures."

Yaqub's defence was based around his religious beliefs and therefore refused hearing by the US Supreme Court.

According to the liner notes, there was a Volume 2 available for a "Donation" of $1000.

Quote; "it is the projected goal of the house of Yaqub to construct a worldwide GERONTOLOGICAL, GYNECOLOGICAL, MUSICO- of adhering to the sciences governing spiritual advancement that exponentiate by way of the womb, furtherto, near OPHIR."

simple really,
enjoy

19 comments:

katonah said...

great intro;

http://www.mediafire.com/?iknydttenon

wara_katsu said...

have never known about this artist. however, i was very interested in him reading your article. looking forward to check this. much appreciated! btw $1000 is quite expensive...:)

g.raf said...

i can see why he needed a sit down and a glass of water after that.
thanks for introducing me to this katonah

Reza said...

oooh my cuppa tea gotta have it thanks mate :)

Greg said...

top manic post

like what you have done with your avatar pic :)

katonah said...

thanks for the comments. didn't go a great deal on this at first, but it's a real grower, Yaqubs a great player. Maybe i needed to be in the right state of mind !

Greg said...

It's a religious state if mind thing?

katonah said...

yeah, let's call it a "religious" thing, lol ... :0

Reza said...

so where do i buy this one ???

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://supay-666.blogia.com/2009/032502-malik-yaqub-el-que-fuera-el-mejor-saxofonista-de-jazz-del-mundo-tocando-en-las-c.php&ei=VY3tSbqVOt-Jtgey8b3KDw&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=7&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522Yaqub%2BSpeaks%2522%26hl%3Den

katonah said...

thanks for that link reza, terrible life story that should never have worked that way.

el goog said...

Thank you for bringing me a "religious" thing :)

taro nombei said...

I'm digging back through your posts, Katonah, and this one is the deepest...
thanks indeed

sawanotsuru said...

fucking fantastic

Mike said...

During the early '90's, I had the opportunity to spend time with Malik Yaqub while traveling through Spain. Would appreciate any feedback concerning his whereabouts .........

katonah said...

@ Mike.
you lucky guy, got nothing but respect for Malik. This lp is a bit of a treasure of mine.

AcidTripz said...

I also had the opportunity to play with Malik when he joined my band "The New World Jazz Band" in Glyfada, Greece in the early '80's. His album, "Yaqub Speaks" is a piece of brilliance ("Music for the 4-in-One" being my fave track).Thnaks for the post and keeping Max's legacy alive. BTW: I last heard about him being in Italy but he travels wherever the wind blows.

katonah said...

Many thanks for the great comments acidtripz

ryanb said...

thank you so much for this one....I'd really like to hear more of this!

katonah said...

there are copies around, Reza managed to pick one up a few months back.