In 1969 Jimi Hendrix and his friends and back-up vocalists Taharqa and Tunde Ra Aleem embarked on a now legendary project: The GhettoFighters. The Aleems - formerly known as Albert and Arthur Allen and The Twins - can be heard on three of Jimis classic albums Cry Of Love, Rainbow Bridge and War Heroes.
Their professional relationship resulted in vocal contributions to songs such as Dolly Dagger , Freedom etc.and these collaborations, along with their longstanding and intimate personal relationship with Jimi, fueled the conceptualization and formation of The GhettoFighter Group and a music publishing company, West Kenya Music, Inc.
During this period Jimi often affectionately referred to the planned GhettoFighter Album as a street opera and his lead guitar on MojoMan remains as living legacy to his commitment to this project. But his untimely passing a few months later interrupted this collaboration and ended any further earthly involvement he would have with the Aleems and as a GhettoFighter.
Without Jimi, the Aleems felt the projects direction would have to be re-evaluated and they decided to place the MojoMan master tape in their vault. More than twenty-five passed until the brothers felt the time was right and their decision make the project public was initially motivated by the control of the Hendrix Estate being returned to Jimis father, Al Hendrix and his family.
It has been almost six years since they traveled to Seattle, Washington to participate in the special Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert the Hendrix Family held during the annual BumperShoots Music Festival to celebrate the return of the estate. During that long week-end, the Aleems not only preformed with other Jimi bandmembers like Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, and Buddy Miles but they also held several meetings with the Hendrix Family about The GhettoFighter Tape. These discussions eventually culminated in an agreement granting the use of Jimis name, likeness and biography in conjunction with the GhettoFighter project.
After much consideration, the Aleems have finally decided to auction the master tapes and all worldwide rights to MojoManon eBAY, the most well known auction site on the internet. This song was completed in 1969 and nothing other than remixing has been done to the original track, which was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and in Electric Lady Studio in New York. It was written and produced by the Aleems. Eddie Kramer was the engineer for the Electric Lady Session when Jimi recorded his guitar lead.
The song and Jimis lead guitar have been described by Joel Selvin, author and well respected pop music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, as venturing into the realm of contemporary soul [and] a glimpse at Hendrix from the other side, suiting his playing to a new context. He starts out behind the first verse, sung by Taharqa Aleem, tucking little squeals and bursts in between horn punches, carefully decorating the spaces in the arrangement. He builds his part gently, squeezing off a little crescendo in the background, as the first chorus reaches it own peak at the front of the recording. He plants silvery lines behind the vocal at the opening of the second verse that shine like rays of sunlight, building his way into the second chorus. Dodging and weaving behind the vocal, darting in and out of the tight, steady soul foundation, he dabs little streaks of color into the arrangement, taking off and riding into the sunset with the rest of the band after the second chorus.