As you probably have noticed, here at Musicselections we like to post about different type of music. Ok I will never post about Metal or Punk :) , but believe me, I am always willing to discover new artists and new sounds.
In this days I am approaching the world of the great Fela Kuti, the Black President. As I am new to this, I am not going to talk about his incredible life. Just check this wikipedia summary of his life events to have an idea of how big he was.
Between the early ‘70s and his 1992 retirement from recording, Fela and his groups Africa 70 and Egypt 80 recorded a new album every few months. In his early years albums were made by 2 songs. One 15 minute song on one side and one on the other. Later this turned in “one half hour song” split in two sides. Most of this songs were never made available outside Nigeria. There is a story that say that if you want to find most of the album by the Afrobeat king Fela Anikulapo Kuti, you have to go to the record store at the main bus station in Lagos.
Musically specking this is a two for one CD. The first song, my favorite one, is Upside down, a quiet long track with several minutes of instrumental before the lyrics enter. The girl who sing is Sandra Isodore, the one who had introduced him in to the Black Panthers. It’s an outstanding funk jam which literary drag you in another dimension. Get high and you will see! It’s one of the funkiest riffs Fela ever wrote.
Then we have Go Slow, another nice track about traffic jam in Lagos so not that lyrically conscious as the first track but equally dope..
The third and the fourth tracks are played with Roy Ayers. Yes, Roy Ayers, another legend! Third track is 2000 blacks got to be free, a Roy Ayers joint which is not as great as the first two tunes but is still averange.
Last tune is again a Fela’s song with Roy playing and giving his touch.
I am not an expert of Fela Kuti music but I definitely like it. If anybody of you is really into his massive production, please let me know, as suggestions on what to listen are always welcome.
LISTEN TO FELA KUTI & ROY AYERS