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Kalakuta Show

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 21 januari 2022 | Knitting Factory Records

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Why Black Man Dey Suffer

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1971 | Knitting Factory Records

Pioneering musician, activist, and bandleader Fela Kuti is the first word in Afro-beat, making such strides in the genre over the course of his career that his contributions are foundational and nothing less than legendary. Why Black Man Dey Suffer is a relatively early chapter in the Fela discography, originally recorded in 1971. Put to tape with early band Africa 70 and Cream drummer/Afro-beat enthusiast Ginger Baker on board as well, the record is made up of two extensive, repetitive, and loping pieces. The rhythmic title track is a blueprint of early Afro-beat and "Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality" is a deep groove of burning horns and fearless percussion. © Fred Thomas /TiVo
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Original Sufferhead

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 27 oktober 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

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Egbe Mi O

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 14 september 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

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Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo (Live at Berlin Jazz Festival, 1978)

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 18 augustus 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

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Yellow Fever

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 3 juni 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

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No Agreement

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1977 | Knitting Factory Records

Recorded in 1977, No Agreement follows the Afro-beat template to a masterful level: amazingly catchy guitar lines that replicate a bass guitar in their construction, a second guitarist to add some JB's funk power, driving horn section proclamations, intricate saxophone, trumpet and organ improv solos, and then Fela Anikulopo Kuti's wit and message for the people. Even though Fela had vowed to speak his mind, he turns in a song where he proclaims to keep his mouth shut if it means that he will harm his brothers and sisters in the population (not that he actually does, as some of his most scathing songs have yet to come). "No Agreement" is decidedly some of the most interesting instrumentation that he had turned in. With help from Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter extradordinare Lester Bowie (Bowie turned in a tenure of about a year with Fela), the solos are magically inspired and the rhythm section rolls on with the power of a steamroller. "Dog Days," the instrumental B-side, sounds more like "No Agreement" part two; it does, however, carry its own weight -- again with the help from Bowie. [In 2000, MCA released No Agreement with Shuffering and Shmiling as a two-fer.] © Sam Samuelson /TiVo
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Open & Close

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 8 april 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

The Essential Gary Lucas

Gary Lucas

Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Knitting Factory Records

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I.T.T. (International Thief Thief)

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 28 januari 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

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King Strong

Gary Lucas

Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 14 januari 2021 | Knitting Factory Records

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Shakara

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1972 | Knitting Factory Records

Fela Kuti was often described as "the James Brown of Africa," but one could also argue that he was Africa's equivalent of Miles Davis or John Coltrane. Truth be told, either description is valid. Kuti was highly eclectic, and his innovative, visionary music contained elements of funk/soul, jazz, and blues, as well as African music. That eclectic spirit proves to be a major asset on Shakara, which consists of two 13-minute performances by Kuti's Africa 70 band: "Lady" and "Shakara (Oloie)." Performed in English, "Lady" finds Kuti criticizing modern African women in a humorous way for becoming what he sees as overly westernized and embracing a western view of feminism. You might agree or disagree with the song's viewpoint, but the groove and the beat are irresistible. Equally addictive -- and equally sarcastic -- is "Shakara (Oloje)," which is sung in both Yoruba and English and makes fun of the type of pompous, loud-mouthed braggarts who can never make good on their empty boasts. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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After Strange Gods

Gary Lucas

Rock - Verschenen op 2 december 2020 | Knitting Factory Records

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Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 12 november 2020 | Knitting Factory Records

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Expensive Shit

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 16 oktober 2020 | Knitting Factory Records

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Zombie

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1977 | Knitting Factory Records

Zombie was the most popular and impacting record that Fela Kuti & Africa 70 would record -- it ignited the nation to follow Fela's lead and antagonize the military zombies that had the population by the throat. Fela is direct and humorous in his attack as he barks out commands to the soldiers like: "Attention! Double up! Fall In! Fall out! Fall down! Get ready!" Meanwhile, his choir responds with "Zombie!" in between each statement. Since the groove was so absolutely contagious, it took the nation by storm: People in the street would put on a blank stare and walk with hands affront proclaiming "Zombie!" whenever they would see soldiers. If "Zombie" caught the attention of the populous it also cought the attention of the authority figures -- this would cause devastating personal and professional effects as the Nigerian government came down on him with absolute brute force not long after the release of this record. Also included are "Monkey Banana," a laid-back groove that showcases drummer Tony Allen's mastery of the Afro-beat, and "Everything Scatter," a standard mid-tempo romp. Both songs are forgetful in relation to "Zombie," but this is still an essential disc to own for the title track alone. © Sam Samuelson /TiVo
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I Go Shout Plenty!!!

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 20 maart 2020 | Knitting Factory Records

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Live in Detroit 1986

Fela Kuti & Egypt 80

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 2 mei 2012 | Knitting Factory Records

In its own way, this is a kind of grail; a live recording by the great Fela Kuti captured live mere months after his release from prison in 1986. After serving two years on a trumped-up charge of "currency trafficking," he was reluctantly released by the Nigerian government in April due to considerable pressure by Amnesty International. This show took place at Detroit's historic Fox Theater in November. The recording is the first release of "new" Fela material in nearly 20 years. The three CDs clock in at a bit under two-and-a-half hours -- the show could have easily fit on two discs -- and an audience recording by Bob Tegan. While this isn't the best quality sonically, it's certainly very good. It contains four very long tracks -- "Just Like That," "Confusion Breaks Bones," "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense," and "Beast of No Nation." Interestingly, others who attended the show distinctly remember five jams; what happened to the other one is anyone's guess. Fela and Egypt 80 are in excellent form. His between-song banter with the audience is lively and doesn't detract at all. It ranges from very humorous to pointed to admonishing (especially when teaching them to pronounce Yoruban words). Musically, this band showcases jazz over funk, in contrast to the Africa 70 group, but the audience didn't mind a bit, and neither will listeners. Fela plays keyboards and saxophone, dances, and of course handles most of the lead vocals, backed by a chorus and very capable instrumentalists -- check the close level of communication on "Beast of No Nation." The improvisations are by turns spiraling, instinctively knotty, and sometimes dissonant -- there is a section of "Confusion Breaks Bones" where the whole band just loses its way before fighting back after a few minutes -- it's awesome hearing them try. The audience is somewhat familiar with this material, which adds to the sense of euphoria at the Fox and the electricity of the performance. While it isn't all great, most of it is, and while this isn't the best way for newcomers to acquaint themselves with Fela Kuti's music, it is an essential document for fans. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Africa Centre of the World

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 29 oktober 2019 | Knitting Factory Records

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2000 Blacks Got To Be Free

Fela Kuti

Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 15 oktober 2019 | Knitting Factory Records