Umoja’s Hang Up-Free Funk

Impressive musicianship and stellar vocals make for another slice of Cincinnati funk on Counterpart Records that is able to command serious scratch (currently $90 on Ebay) on the vinyl market:

“Hang Up Your Hang-Ups”     Umoja     197?

As with 400 Years of What’s “Get Down People,” this 45 – Umoja’s sole musical gift to the world – was recorded at Shad O’Shea’s Counterpart Creative Studio.

Sadly, there is little to no information about this group out there.  Nathaniel Best, Jr., who co-wrote the song, would release a spiritual album in 1986, Set Your House in Order, while the song’s other co-creator, John Stuckey, Jr., would work with Huey P. Meaux in the 1970s on a 45 (“Seeds and Stems“) and an LP (A Little Exposure).

Umoja 45a

Note on the label above that the song length is marked as “3:41,” while YouTube’s time counter reports the song as only being 2 minutes and 51 seconds in length.  What gives?