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  • WOW! 'Confusion' is an exceptional record in one of the most outstanding oeuvres in 20th century music One long, 20+ minute piece split over two sides, it's possibly at once the most abstract and urgent missive we've heard from the man and his legendary band You'd be forgiven for questioning whether you're even listening to Fela...
  • To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fela Kuti's classic Open and Close, Partisan release the first vinyl pressing since the 1980s This edition features a return to the original gatefold...
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    The title track, “Yellow Fever”, is a scathing criticism of post-colonial Nigerians who cannot shake their “colonial mentality” Fela rails on women who bleach their skin as an act of beauty, contemptuously adding that, despite what they think, it only makes them less attractive The second track of the album is the...
  • Performed by Fela and his Afrika 70 at the renowned Berlin Jazz Festival in 1978, this live recording of VIP is possibly Fela’s most profound vilification of the Nigerian government In his very public address to the European crowd, Fela explains that VIP, in this context, stands for “vagabonds in power”, a direct jab...
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    “Fela wrote 'Sorrow Tears and Blood' as a response to the Soweto Uprising of 1976 in which thousands of South African students protested the forced teaching of Afrikaans, the colonial language of Apartheid During the uprising and the ensuing riots, hundreds of students were killed The song calls out killings that have gone on in...
  • Originally made in 1977, 'Fear Not For Man' features two inimitably extended and largely instrumental grooves from the king of Afro Beat and his Afrika 70 ensemble including Tony Allen at the drummers stool 'Fear Not For Man' features an inspirationla opening speech from Fela but the rest of the side is pure groove with some...
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    On the title track Fela and the backup singers ridicule the mindset of men in uniform over an urgent, quick-march accompaniment from Afrika 70 The album was a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military Zombie was a smash hit with the people and infuriated the...
  • Spellbinding Afro-beat classics, reissued with full colour artwork on fresh vinyl cut 'Everything Scatter' is a stone cold hit, fourteen minutes of the tightest instrumental instincts woven into one dynamite dancefloor mover, all with a strong message of African identity and an unshakable energy 'Who No Know Go Know' features a...
  • Knitting Factory Records reissue Fela Kuti’s ‘Army Arrangement’ on vinyl, previously only available as part of the Box Set series ‘Army Arrangement’ is about Nigeria’s attempt at ‘democracy’ in 1979 after more than a decade of military...
  • Knitting Factory Records reissue ‘Music Of Many Colours’ on black 140g vinyl with digital download code "‘Music Of Many Colours’ is a joint album between Roy Ayers and Fela Kuti, recorded after a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, during which Roy Ayers performed as the opening act...
  • Knitting Factory Records reissue Fela Kuti’s ‘Johnny Just Drop (JJD)’ on vinyl, previously only available as part of the Box Set series The reissue features original album artwork designed by Lemi Ghariokwu, who created the cover art for around half of Fela’s albums Originally released in 1977, ‘Johnny Just...
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    Fela’s poetic use of broken English helped in resonating his message throughout Anglophone Africa The lyrics of ‘Roforo Fight’ illustrate Fela’s frustration at intolerant, violent human behaviour by depicting a fight that breaks out in the streets in Lagos ‘Go Slow’ is a 17:22 minute groove of...
  • ‘ITT’ (International Thief Thief) was recorded following Afrika 70’s disintegration and the formation of Egypt 80 At the time of its release, the name of this album would have been recognized by any Nigerian as the acronym for International Telephone & Telegraph, Nigeria’s biggest telecommunications...
  • The “Na Poi” EP contains a later version of Fela’s scandalous hit “Na Poi”, in which Fela details what happens between a man and a woman behind closed doors Originally banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Company for its taboo sexual lyrics, the version on this eponymous album interchanges spoken word and sung...
  • Vinyl release of this 1975 album The massed horns, relentless grooves, and bold improvising that would come to define Fela's aesthetic sound positively revolutionary on these essential early recordingsThis album heralds a series of increasingly politically-charged LPs Fela would release over the next three years It was the...

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