African Head Charge

Bonji Lyanbinghi Noah

Also known as African Headcharge
Members of African Head Charge: Andy Moses, Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, Bruce Smith, Eskimo Fox, George Oban, Mus'come, Nick Plytas, Perry Melius, Skip McDonald, Sonny Akpan, Tony "Zap" Edmunds, Tony Phillips (2), Wayne Nunes
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://africanheadcharge.co.uk, http://www.myspace.com/africanheadcharge, http://www.last.fm/music/African+Head+Charge

Discography of African Head Charge:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Drums Of Defiance 8 Audio 1998-00-00 On-U Sound
2 Beef (Adrian Sherwood's Remix Of The Remix) 2 Audio 1990 RCA
3 Akwaaba 13 Audio 1996 Acid Jazz
4 Great Vintage Volume 1 14 Audio 1989 On-U Sound
5 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land 13 Audio 1993 On-U Sound
6 Environmental Studies 9 Audio 1982-09-00 On-U Sound
7 Off The Beaten Track 9 Audio 1986-00-00 On-U Sound
8 Drastic Season 8 Audio 1983-10-14 On-U Sound
9 My Life In A Hole In The Ground 9 Audio 1998 On-U Sound
10 Drums Of Defiance 8 Audio 1998 On-U Sound
11 Songs Of Praise 14 Audio 1990 On-U Sound
12 Songs Of Praise 8 Audio 1990-10-25 On-U Sound
13 My Life In A Hole In The Ground 9 Audio 1981-11-00 On-U Sound
14 Touch I 4 Audio 1994-11-00 On-U Sound
15 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land 8 Audio 1993-00-00 On-U Sound
16 Pride And Joy - Live 8 Audio 1991-11-05 On-U Sound
17 Drastic Season 8 Audio 1998-02-00 On-U Sound
18 Off The Beaten Track 9 Audio 1998-05-00 On-U Sound
19 Environmental Studies 9 Audio 1997-09-00 On-U Sound
20 Pride And Joy - Live 11 Audio 1991-11-00 On-U Sound
21 Touch I 4 Audio 1994-11-00 On-U Sound
22 Shrunken Head 17 Audio 2003-06-30 On-U Sound
23 Akwaaba 10 Audio 1995 Acid Jazz
24 Mama Shante Garden 2 Audio 1993-11-00 On-U Sound
25 What Is The Plan? 2 Audio 2003-08-00 Sound Boy
26 Great Vintage Volume 2 15 Audio 1989 On-U Sound
27 Shrunken Head 17 Audio 2003-06-00 On-U Sound
28 Sankofa Dub / Yenko Dub 2 Audio 1997 Bonjo I Records
29 Vision Of A Psychedelic Africa 15 Audio 2005 Beat Records
30 Ready You Ready 4 Audio 2005-08-00 Beat Records
31 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land 13 Audio 2002 On-U Sound
32 Sankofa 18 Audio 1997 Bonjo I Records
33 Live Goodies 10 Audio 2001 Bonjo I Records
34 Off The Beaten Track 9 Audio 1985 On-U Sound
35 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land 13 Audio 1993 Restless Records
36 Heart 2 12 Audio 1997 Bonjo I Records
37 Drastic Season 8 Audio 1998 Musidisc
38 Stebeni's Theme (St. Echo Mix) 3 Audio 2010-05-27 Dock Records
39 Live - Pride And Joy 11 Audio 1991 On-U Sound
40 Live At The Electric Ballroom 24.10.90 11 Audio Taste Productions
41 Voodoo Of The Godsent 12 Audio 2011-03-28 On-U Sound
42 Off The Beaten Track 11 Audio 2011 On-U Sound
43 Songs Of Praise 14 Audio 1990 Restless Records
44 In Charge - Live In Japan 6 Audio 2005 Beat Records
45 Drastic Season 8 Audio On-U Sound
46 Akwaaba 13 Audio 1996 Hollywood Records
47 Voodoo Of The Godsent 13 Audio 2011 Beat Records
48 Voodoo Of The Godsent 12 Audio 2011 On-U Sound
49 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land 14 Audio 1993 Alfa Records, Inc
50 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land 10 Audio 1993


Experimental/tribal percussion act with a heavy dub and 'world' music slant led by percussionist [a=Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah].

Has had various members since forming in 1981 but Bonjo I has been a constant feature. Most of the actual music in the early days was written by [a=Adrian Sherwood] and the band was basically a vehicle for his more experimental side for the then fledgling [l=On-U Sound] label.

However, as the band developed throughout the 80's, Bonjo's role became more prominent. By the time of the 5th album, the classic 'Songs Of Praise', he was vocalist as well as main multi-percussion instrumentalist. He also became the primary songwriter. Despite this other writers also became involved, most notably [a=Skip McDonald] of [a=Tackhead].

African Head Charge (with an ever changing line-up) are active to this day and do live shows throughout the world.


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