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Jazz Columns: Howard Wiley: To Angola and Back — By Lee Mergner — Jazz Articles

September 21, 2010

Unfortunately, none of the current Angola prisoners are heard on the album because of legal and logistic issues. However, Wiley was able to involve a former Angola prisoner, Robert King, one of the famous Angola Three, whom Wiley met at a symposium at San Francisco State about prisons. “We performed and Angela Davis spoke. Robert King spoke and it was one of the most poignant speeches I’ve ever heard about us as Americans and the 13th Amendment. He didn’t have that chip on his shoulder about being wrongfully incarcerated for 30 years in solitary confinement. He just told the facts. And we were able to use his voice on one of the recordings. It’s called ‘New Angola, My God.’”

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