Formed in 1979 in London, England. This world music collective is led by founder and mentor Michael Wadada; since the release of the group's 1979 debut LP Revenge of the Mozabites, some 200 members from around the globe have passed through its ranks, many of them met by Wadada during his extensive travels and sharing his interest in indigenous, tribal, folk and classical music traditions. In addition to subsequent LPs including 1980's Wadada Magic, 1982's India? and 1984's Ark of the Arqans, the Suns of Arqa regularly backed dub legend Prince Far I, even performing at his final concert (captured on the Live with Prince Far-I LP). With the masterful Land of a Thousand Churches, Wadada began issuing the group's material on his own Arka Sound label; a flurry of releases followed, among them Alap-Joe-Jhala, Jaggernaut (Whirling Dub) and Shabda. The advent of the World Wide Web also brought a major new dimension to the Suns of Arqa aesthetic, with the collective's website ( actively soliciting music, lyrics, remixes and other creative contributions for future projects, expanding their global network of participants further than ever before. — Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Seven Suns of Arqa 2
1991 Land of a Thousand Churches Suns of Arqa 1
1992 Kokoromochi Suns of Arqa 2
1992 Arqaology Suns of Arqa 1
1992 Cradle Suns of Arqa 1
1999 Cosmic Jugalbandi Suns of Arqa 2
1999 Jaggernaut : Whirling Dub Suns of Arqa 1
1999 Shabda Suns of Arqa 1
1999 Suns of Arqa meet the Gāyan Uttejak Orchestra Suns of Arqa meet the Gāyan Uttejak Orchestra 1
2001 Revenge of the Mozabites Suns of Arqa 2
2001 Un1verse City Suns of Arqa 1
2005 Hallucinasia Suns of Arqa 1
2006 Big and Live Suns of Arqa 1
2008 Through the Gate We Go Suns of Arqa 1
2009 Scared Sacred Suns of Arqa 1
2010 Know Thyself? Suns of Arqa 1
2011 Stranger Music Suns of Arqa 1
2015 All Is Not Lost, But Where Is It? Suns of Arqa 1
2016 23,789 Day Excursion to Planet Earth Suns of Arqa 1
2018 Cape Town Rock Suns of Arqa 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Solar Activity 1979-2001 Suns of Arqa 1
2015 All Is Not Lost, All Is Dub (The Remixes) Suns of Arqa Featuring Youth, Raja Ram & The Orb 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Animan Suns of Arqa 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Live With Prince Far-I Suns of Arqa 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Total Eclipse of the Suns (Remixes 1979 - 1995) Suns of Arqa 1
2001 Aberglaube (Remixes Vol.3) Suns of Arqa 1
2001 Govinda’s House in the City of Nine Gates (Remixes Vol. 2) Suns of Arqa 1
2002 Technomor Suns of Arqa 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Sul-E-Stomp Astralasia & Suns of Arqa 1
1994 Govinda's Dream Suns of Arqa 1
2016 Acid Tabla Suns of Arqa 1
Erasmus Meets the Earthling Suns of Arqa 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Mysteries Of The East / Ananta Snake Dance Jhalib / Suns Of Arqa 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 G. D. Magick Suns Of Arqa Featuring Prince Far-I 1

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