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Zombie

Fela Kuti

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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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Zombie
00:12:25

Fela Kuti, Composer, MainArtist - Afrika '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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Mr. Follow Follow
00:12:57

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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Observation Is No Crime
00:13:25

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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Mistake (Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival - 1978)
00:14:46

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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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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