J. Plunky Branch began his music career while attending Columbia University in New York City in 1967. He moved to San Francisco during the tumultuous 1970’s and established his African avant-garde group, Juju. Migrating back to NY Plunky began working with free jazz pioneers Ornette Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers and artists on the Strata-East Record label. For the next several years, Plunky & Oneness of Juju, would continue to evolve, occasionally touring in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. A studio musician, record producer, writer of over 400 songs, and documentary film producer, Branch has released over 35 albums through his independent record companies. A political activist, educator and writer, he was recognized by the Library of Virginia as one of the 2015 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History.