Born in Houston, Texas in 1948, Thomas Meloncon (a.k.a Munto Mwaminifu) was a singer, poet, playwright and university professor. He only released two 45’s in the early 1970’s, but these strong, bold and powerful protest songs were perfectly apt for his mighty vocals.
The first of his singles released was 400 Years b/w Waiting On Your Mind, which was issued in 1970 on the Texan label, Judnell Records. Produced by Bubbha Thomas The Lightmen (a revolutionary, spiritual jazz bandleader, drummer, and activist from Houston), these folky, protest songs are spirited and moving, their vocal tones reminiscent of Ritchie Haven’s in all their wonderful gruff glory!
Ain’t Gonna Wait Too Long is taken from the second of these 45’s, which was released in 1972, and was backed with the lyrically haunted, Bullets of a Gun. I love the percussion in today’s track and the sound of his voice as it fires off against those cool organic beats! I do wish that Thomas Meloncon had recorded more, I could listen to him all day!
Check it out above.