Between 1975 and 1981, a group of American ex-pats brought the native sounds of their Detroit and Chicago homes across the Atlantic, combined them with the messages of the Black Hebrew culture, and declared Dimona, Israel, the center of the spiritual universe.
What their caravan caught on tape was a deeply joyful, sometimes searing mix of jazz, spiritual soul, inspired funk, and Old Testament gospel psychedelia. Featuring the Soul Messengers, the Spirit Of Israel, Sons Of The Kingdom, and Hebrew Jackson 5 clones the Tonistics, Soul Messages From Dimona is yet another stop on our tour of the soul diaspora and the only living document of a thriving community as it teetered at both the center and edge of the world.
The Exodus goes on, and from the South Side of Chicago to the bush in Liberia, from the tangled streets of Tel Aviv to the desert of Dimona, their message continues: salvation, peace, deliverance, love… and 100% parve soul.
We were lucky enough to grab a couple of copies direct from Rob and Ken at the Numero Group Pop Up Fair at The Refuge last week, hence the bargain price!!