Sun Ra
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1914-05-22
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Sun Ra

Sun Ra Biography (Wikipedia)

Le Sony'r Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993), better known as Sun Ra, was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet known for his experimental music, "cosmic" philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. For much of his career, Ra led "The Arkestra", an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up.

Born and raised in Alabama, Blount became involved in the Chicago jazz scene during the late 1940s. He soon abandoned his birth name, taking the name Le Sony'r Ra, shortened to Sun Ra (after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun). He developed a complex persona and an idiosyncratic, myth-based credo that would make him a pioneer of Afrofuturism. He claimed to be an alien from Saturn on a mission to preach peace, and throughout his life he publicly denied ties to his prior identity.

His widely eclectic and avant-garde music echoed the entire history of jazz, from ragtime and early New Orleans hot jazz, to swing music, bebop, free jazz and fusion. His compositions ranged from keyboard solos to works for big bands of over 30 musicians, along with electronic excursions, songs, chants, percussion pieces, and anthems. From the mid-1950s until his death, Ra led the musical collective The Arkestra (which featured artists such as Marshall Allen, John Gilmore and June Tyson throughout its various iterations). Its performances often included dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate, futuristic costumes inspired by ancient Egyptian attire and the Space Age. (Following Ra's illness-forced retirement in 1992, the band remained active as The Sun Ra Arkestra, and, as of 2018, continues performing under the leadership of veteran Ra sideman Marshall Allen.)

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Island In The Sun
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Rocket Number 9
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Rocket Number 9
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Rocket No.9
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Rocket No.9
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Love In Outer Space
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Love In Outer Space
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Advice to Medics
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Advice to Medics
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My Brother The Wind
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My Brother The Wind
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Cosmo-Media
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Cosmo-Media
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Trying To Put The Blame On Me (Live from Rome)
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Trying To Put The Blame On Me (Live from Rome)
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There Are Other Worlds
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There Are Other Worlds
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Discipline 33/Watusa
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Discipline 33/Watusa
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Walking On The Moon
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Walking On The Moon

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The Astro Infinity Arkestra
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Door of the Cosmos
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Door of the Cosmos
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Twilight
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Twilight
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Le Sun Ra - Saturn
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Le Sun Ra - Saturn
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When There Is No Sun
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When There Is No Sun
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The Night Of The Purple Moon
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The Night Of The Purple Moon
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Love in Outer Space
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Love in Outer Space
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Space Mates
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Space Mates

Space Mates

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Happy New Year To You
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Happy New Year To You
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It's Christmastime
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It's Christmastime
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Starwatchers
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Starwatchers
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Space Is The Place (SMBD Gospel Shakedown)
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Space Is The Place (SMBD Gospel Shakedown)
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Cluster Of Galaxies
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Cluster Of Galaxies
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India
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India
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Door to the Cosmos (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
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Door to the Cosmos (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
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Watusa
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Watusa
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Outer Spaceways Incorporated
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Outer Spaceways Incorporated
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Moonship Journey
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Moonship Journey
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The Soul Vibrations of Man
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The Soul Vibrations of Man
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Magic City Blue
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Magic City Blue
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Outer Nothingness
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Outer Nothingness
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The Perfect Man
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The Perfect Man
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Spaceship Lullaby
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Spaceship Lullaby
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When There Is No Sun (feat. John Gilmore)
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When There Is No Sun (feat. John Gilmore)
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Jazz From An Unknown Planet
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Jazz From An Unknown Planet
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Untitled Keyboard Solo 2
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Untitled Keyboard Solo 2
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Silent Duet
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Silent Duet
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India
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Adventure In Space
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Adventure In Space
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Island In The Sun
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Island In The Sun
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Island In The Sun (1964 Live Radio Version)
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Island In The Sun (1964 Live Radio Version)
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Soft Talk
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Soft Talk
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New Day
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New Day
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Jet Flight
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Jet Flight
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Space Jazz Reverie
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Space Jazz Reverie
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