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Afrodisiac

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The four (lengthy, as usual) songs occupying this album were originally recorded in Nigeria as 45 rpm releases. Afrodisiac consists of re-recordings of these, done in London in the early '70s. While it's true that Fela Kuti's albums from this period are pretty similar to each other, in their favor they're not boring. These four workouts, all sung in Nigerian, are propulsive mixtures of funk and African music, avoiding the homogeneity of a lot of funk and African records of later vintage, done with nonstop high energy. The interplay between horns, electric keyboards, drums, and Kuti's exuberant vocals gives this a jazz character without sacrificing the earthiness that makes it danceable as well. "Jeun Ko Ku (Chop'n Quench)" became Kuti's first big hit in Nigeria, selling 200,000 copies in its first six months in its initial version.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Alu Jon Jonki Jon
00:12:41

Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - EMI Music Publishing / FKO Music, Music Publisher

2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records

2
Jeun Ko Ku (Chop and Quench)
00:07:15

Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - EMI Music Publishing / FKO Music, Music Publisher

2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records

3
Eko Ile
00:06:41

Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - EMI Music Publishing / FKO Music, Music Publisher

2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records

4
Je'nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me)
00:13:15

Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - Nightingale, Music Publisher

2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records

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The four (lengthy, as usual) songs occupying this album were originally recorded in Nigeria as 45 rpm releases. Afrodisiac consists of re-recordings of these, done in London in the early '70s. While it's true that Fela Kuti's albums from this period are pretty similar to each other, in their favor they're not boring. These four workouts, all sung in Nigerian, are propulsive mixtures of funk and African music, avoiding the homogeneity of a lot of funk and African records of later vintage, done with nonstop high energy. The interplay between horns, electric keyboards, drums, and Kuti's exuberant vocals gives this a jazz character without sacrificing the earthiness that makes it danceable as well. "Jeun Ko Ku (Chop'n Quench)" became Kuti's first big hit in Nigeria, selling 200,000 copies in its first six months in its initial version.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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