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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.
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Alu Jon Jonki Jon
Fela Kuti
00:12:41

Fela Kuti, MainArtist

© 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft. Under exclusive license to Kulakata Sunrise/Knitting Factory Records ℗ 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft

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Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'n Quench)
Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70
00:07:14

Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70, MainArtist

© 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft. Under exclusive license to Kulakata Sunrise/Knitting Factory Records ℗ 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft

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Eko Ile
Fela Kuti
00:06:41

Fela Kuti, MainArtist

© 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft. Under exclusive license to Kulakata Sunrise/Knitting Factory Records ℗ 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft

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

Fela Kuti, MainArtist

© 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft. Under exclusive license to Kulakata Sunrise/Knitting Factory Records ℗ 2009 Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate Kft

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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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