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The Best Best of Fela Kuti

By: Fela Kuti

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Fela Kuti Artist Snapshot:

Fela Anikulapo Kuti was the controversial and unapologetically political creator of Afro-beat. With his charismatic presence, he presided over a teeming collective of musicians, which frequently made him a target of the authorities in his native Nigeria. A composer, singer, and musician, Fela cited the Black Panthers as a primary influence, and his innovative style reflected the influence of both African and Western music, particularly the jazz he had absorbed during a visit to the U.S. in the late 1960s. In live performances, he filled the stage with dancers, singers, and musicians in glamorous, glittery costumes, and his recordings offered marathon jams riding on the crest of an unshakeable groove and Fela's scathing broadsides.

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DISC 1 for The Best Best of Fela Kuti Album By Fela Kuti
1   Lady
2   Shakara
3   Gentlemen - Edit Version
4   Water No Get Enemy - Edit Version
5   Zombie
6   Sorrow Tears & Blood
7   No Agreement - Part 2
DISC 2 for The Best Best of Fela Kuti Album By Fela Kuti
1   Roforofo Fight
2   Shuffering And Shmiling - Part 2
3   Coffin For Head Of State - Part 2
4   I T T - Part 2
5   Army Arrangement - Part 2
6   O D O O - Edit Version

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Political activist, outspoken radical, and inventor of Afro-beat, Fela Anikulapo ("he who carries death in his pouch") Kuti left behind him an incomparable legacy of music when he died in 1997. His struggles against the Nigerian state became the stuff of legend in his home country; his denunciations of world leaders such as Reagan and Thatcher gained him notoriety abroad. But his music remains as his supreme achievement over and above the details of his amazingly courageous life, even if many (most) of his lyrics are angry condemnations of politicians. His vast output of recordings can hardly be distilled onto two discs, but Black President (named after a classic 1981 album) is nevertheless a good introduction to this extraordinary man and his music. The album lacks any personnel details and fails to indicate the origins of each track, but it scarcely matters: Fela's band, Africa 70, was a large and always flexible group (it rarely actually boasted 70 members), with the only constant presence being his 30 backing singers, most of whom were also his wives! Throughout, the beats are solid, the solos are never overpowering, and the rhythm--the powerful, hypnotic rhythm--is always preeminent. If, in the end, it's impossible to divorce Fela Kuti's music from his life, it is at least a real pleasure just to play this album and let his grooves possess your spirit. --Mark Walker

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