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“Fela will live forever!” That was the anthem chanted by the million strong mourners as they paid their last respects at Fela’s funeral. Mention his name, not just in Nigeria, but anywhere in Africa and you can be sure that it will raise a smile and the soft, fond utterance “Fela!” The same can be said for the hip-hop universe, whether in New York, Tokyo, Sydney ... Read more in Amazon's Fela Kuti Store

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  • Audio CD (26 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000JOEX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Confusion (Part 1&2)
2. Gentlemen
3. Fefe Naa Efe
4. Igbe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
James Brown went to see Fela in Nigeria in the late 60's & ever since controversy has raged over who came 1st.Fela doesnt sound that much like James but the similarities are fairly obvious.Tight as you like afro funk grooves interspersed with sensational freeform horns,organ, wonderful backing vocals and felas unique vocal stylings.Any funkateers(or reggae heads) could do alot worse than check out Africas no.1 musical superstar.Not much more needs to be said when you hear that in the 70's Fela was regarded as an equal to Bob Marley until Bobs untimely death propelled him to martyr status.Fela shares his politics (including the sexism I'm afraid)though perhaps he was even more radical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is another CD that captures the essence of Afrobeat as created by Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It is clear that Blackism is a force of the mind as postulated by Fela. The heavy African rythmm coupled with the characteristic fela lyrics is a must buy for all Fela fans.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Cream of Fela's Bumper Crop! 4 July 2001
By mikemulligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Given the enormity of the late-great Fela Kuti's output -- over 50 LPs, which even doubled-up in Universal Music's on-going reissue project, leave 25+ CDs to collect -- it's important for a new Fela collector to know where to start. While the case could be made that anywhere is fine, since Fela's catalog is uniformly strong, THIS 1973/1975 combo may be the single best entree for the uninitiated.

As much as any major artist of the rock-era, Fela's recordings work as a musical biography, telling the chapter-by-chapter story of this fascinating man's 25 year struggle to catalyze the pride of Black Nigeria as it moved beyond British colonialism. Yes, the intrinsic groove of Fela's "afrobeat" rarely fails to amaze and inspire (in short: funk of the FIRST ORDER), but the stories/messages/warnings which his lyrics contain are spellbinding, too. You can't read Rikki Stein's well-written Fela biography in any of the CD booklets without getting enthralled with the daring, !polemical, incendiary and often hilarious messages so expertly woven into the groove.

Confusion/Gentleman epitomizes the dichotomy of Fela: funk-avatar v. political rabblerouser. Confusion -- more-or-less a 20+ minute call to arms -- begins psychedelic in a Soft Machine-ish way, bores headlong into a sustained and super-swinging groove, and culminates in a fasinating and foreboding call-and-response warning that the European influence in Nigeria/Africa would end. Mesmering stuff!

Gentleman, the earlier of the two pieces, follows and lightens up the mood slightly. The groove is less menacing, but the lyrics remain provocative. The title track jeers the Anglo-fied black leaders of Nigeria's government and corporate world bluntly and mercilessly. The shorter -- i.e. 7-9 minute -- "b-sides" on Gentleman likewise plumb the funk whilst delivering some incisive barbs to the status quo.

With a dozen more Fela "two-fers" headed our way in late-July 2001, there will! soon be more Fela Kuti material to be dazzled by. Still, Confusion/Gentleman is one of the high-water marks of the Fela ouvre and it should be priority for all collectors who are seeking to compile a collection while this amazing CD reissue series is available!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Funky, Fresh, Fascinating 21 Jun. 2003
By Sub-Kontinental - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like Fela, then you have to get this album. If you don't like Fela, then you still have to get this album--as a tax for not having any taste. Folks, it's off the chain. I promise you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
possibly the sickest recording of all time 15 May 2004
By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You will never hear anything like Confusion. The opening is great and when it turns into the opening groove after the militant/psychadelic intro, it will blow you out of your socks. This is so good it makes me happy just thinking about the fact that music this good exists. The bass and guitar are unstoppable and Tony Allen's drumming is on time. I have to agree with the other reviewers, this is off the chain and those who don't appreciate this know nothing about music. It's killer, get it and you won't be sorry
Move forward - a great place to start... 26 Dec. 2006
By Chase Huber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an excellent place to start a Fela experience. The two title tracks give a demonstration of the powers of Fela to move you. If you are not familiar with his music already, this CD is an easy place to get into it, and will appeal to a wide musical ear. This was the third or fourth Fela CD I purchased, and I currently own over 10 of them (I just can't stop it's that good). Other than Opposite People/Sorrow, Tears, and Blood, this is the CD that I would give to someone who has never heard Fela before, but shows an interest in Listening to music. I've listened to this innumerable times and am still not sick of it. Fela is really one of those artists you'll come to live with for many years to come. If you're reading this and are wondering... just get it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Music to make you smile - must have classic 70's Fela 28 April 2005
By mstern18 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You can argue that Fela Kuti's music mostly sounds the same, but almost all of it is incredibly well done. This CD is not completely typical, though, of his mid to late 70's work. The first track is incredible. Starts off very strange (but still cool), and takes about five minutes for the bass to come in and then you're hooked. The song slowly builds up in a very hypnotic effect. There are a few keyboard and horn solos. Then, he starts to sing, with powerful call-and-response/horn parts. The lyrics themselves are great as well and they effectively capture Fela's ideas. The other tracks are shorter and don't build as gradually as other songs. Of course, they are still well made and have memorable melodies and interesting themes/lyrics, especially "Gentleman". Also, art on the back of the CD case of the original cover for Gentleman is memorable and it says a lot--a monkey dressed in a suit (the song comments on how Africans would dress like Europeans, trying to be like them).
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