Filed under: Soul Messages from Dimona
At othersounds.com, there is a nice interview with Prince Heskiyahoo, bassist for the Soul Messengers. The Israel-by-way-of-Chicago group was one of several transplant funk acts profiled on Soul Messages from Dimona (Num-021). The story of how a few hundred African-Americans from the Midwest ended up in the desert of Israel is quite a spectacular tale, and while our extensive liner notes offer great insight into the Hebrew Israelite community, it is nice to get a first-hand account of this journey from one of the artists who helped lead the migration.
Filed under: Brotherman, Home Schooled, Numero Press, Press Archives, Soul Messages from Dimona
When Ken Shipley called me last Spring and asked, “What are you doing right now?”, I told him the truth. I was in my hometown of Winston-Salem, NC, and I was on my way to purchase Krispy Kreme donuts, alone. It was 1 pm on what is popularly considered “a work day.” Little did I know he was about to offer me a job at the Numero Group, the only drawback to which has been the relative scarcity of Krispy Kreme donuts. I’ve managed to adapt.
Having written about so many Numero releases during my time at Wax Poetics, I was surprised to learn upon my arrival in Chicago that these same titles, those that I had spilt so much honest ink over, were just okay sellers. And while Kid Soul seems a consistent draw, Soul Messages from Dimona and Brotherman seem to have plateaued somewhere in the fiftieth percentile. Soul Messages chronicles the origins of my absolute favorite international vegan soul food franchise, and Brotherman is a thoughtful collection of sophisticated scratch tracks for a Blaxploitation flick unrealized. What else needs to be said? So while I look forward to researching, developing, and catapulting many new Numero titles into the marketplace, I felt compelled to post a few of these articles—to reintroduce myself to all of the label’s fantastic supporters, and reintroduce these fantastic records to folks who may have passed them over in the past. They’re very good records. But don’t take my word for it [cue Reading Rainbow sound bite]!
Dimona, Israel is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, which is a big part of why our friends in the Soul Messengers and the African Hebrew Israelite community ended up there. It’s been almost a year since a suicide bombing killed one citizen and injured 38 but now it’s in the news again as a possible target. I fired off an email to one of our friends over there and hope to know more soon. An inauspicious beginning to the new year to say the least.