'Run Revolution A Come' Hugh Mundell (prod. Augustus Pablo, 'Africa must be free by 1983', Greensleeves, 1978)

From an interview with Hugh Mundell published in Black Echoes in 1980 

From I’m a youth, very young, I say I love to sing, do some singing out there. I used to love singing from a youth and my father love singing. My mommy sing and wash. More time me used to pick up the habit, not really the habit, the vibration of singing. I used to take in some stage shows and say, ‘boy one day I like deh deh so an have the mic in front of an audience and let them know what’s going down. When I start going to school now, high school, I start write my own lyrics. I used to sing my own lyrics. I used to write and I used to sing in what them call a soul way, but when I really check it that wasn’t the right way. I say boy, me come from Jamaica, me shoulda really make some reggae music, cultural music, my own yard music. Also among Pablo started jamming little reggae and thing. I say that is the kind of music I really have to go into.

This comes from an excellent extended article on Mundell called 'Great Tribulation: The Life and Times of Hugh Mundell' published in October, 2013 on the MidnightRaver site (author unknown). Among many extracts from interviews, it includes a copy of an interview with Mundell published in Sounds, by Edwin Pouncey on the eve of Mundell's European tour that - to quote the article - included 'locations as unusual as Switzerland'. 

Junior Delgado described Mundell as 'a blessed singer, a blessed child' - and indeed, Mundell was something of a prodigy writing (and providing vocals for) his famous track, 'Day of Judgement' when he was only 14 years old (though I've also seen the age quoted as 16). Apparently the professional friendship between Mundell and Pablo began after someone in the studio suggested Mundell should return after he hit puberty (and Pablo defended him). 

'Run Revolution A Come' is taken from Mundell's 'Africa must be free by 1983' and combines Mundell's characteristic falsetto delivery and Pablo's genius production, including a surprising coda, or dub, at the end that highlights and expands what has come before. Mundell was shot and killed in Kingston in 1983, when sitting in a car with his wife and Junior Reid. 

The other stand-out track for me from the 1983 record - that takes its title from a speech by Haile Selassie - is the opener, 'Let's all Unite' (that has a magical Unity dub at the end) ...

Pablo talks about his work with Mundell and the recording of the above track:

Well, I know Hugh from when he was likkle, y’know, likkle bit ‘im and Earl Sixteen. Through I saw ‘im in the studio [Joe Gibbs] one day an’ some musician was ‘andle ‘im a way, so I kinda defend ‘im an’ tek ‘im away from them, an’, y’know, ‘im say ‘im sing, an’ when he mek me ‘ear ‘im music, I say ‘Wha!’ ‘Im mus’ ‘ave to do some music for Errol T [Gibbs’ resident engineer], ca’ Errol did like ‘im voice, but them wasn’t really showin’ that much interest. So I jus’ tek ‘im on from them, an’ ‘im songs were some dangerous reality. An’ I jus’ came an’ rehearse one time an’ from I rehearse ‘im, he was goin’ school still, y’know, ‘im was 11 plus, an’ he jus’ stop goin’ school an’ start recordin’. I think it Stratch [Lee Perry] studio me carry ‘im record firs’, ca’ them time I still ‘ave a vibes with Scratch an’ ‘im jus’ gi’ me some free studio time [for] ‘Let’s All Unite’, y’know? It was a nice tune to bring ‘im on the scene. Then we recorded ‘Africa Must Be Free’ down at Channel One. I really made that riddim before as an instrumental, an’ I jus’ had it there, I never knew what I was g’wine do with it all time, an’ ‘im hear that riddim an’ say, ‘Yeah’, ‘im can fit in the lyrics ‘pon it. To me that was his hit to the world, although it wasn’t a number one tune in Jamaica, but it was jus’ a number one to the world, the people in the world, the roots people too…………Junior Reid was in the car that day he died, y’know? Junior Reid jus’ sittung inna the back an’ the bullet pass Junior Reid an’ hit Mundell in his head back.

Taken once more from the 'Great Tribulation' essay.