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The Best of Fela Kuti [Double CD]

Fela Kuti Audio CD
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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 (1 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Talkin Loud
  • ASIN: B00002ZZ2P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black President 24 Feb 2009
By Xepha
Format:Audio CD
This is the perfect introduction to Fela Kuti, with about two and a half hours of great music. If you're not familiar with Fela, his afrobeat sound consists of hypnotic heavy funk grooves of drums, bass and horns with jazz solos over the top. Most of his tracks are very long, therefore this compilation is made mostly of edits and 'part 2's, but don't be put off because that's the only way to put together a representative sample of Fela's long career and many, many albums.

It's also worth pointing out that a compilation called Music Is The Weapon has the same track listing on 2 CDs and also includes a documentary DVD, so you might find that is the better purchase. The DVD is also available on its own, though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Music 17 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Great way to Discover Fela if one is not familiar about his music. Every track pulsates with great music. Lady, Coffin for the head of State, Gentleman, Zombie, to name few defines Fela as not only as a great musician but also as a social commentator
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . 10 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you like world music, jazz or funk - this is the album for you. Relentless high energy with some tracks going on for near-20 minutes each! Combined in Fela's life story (outlined on the sleeve), you'll be hooked.
Fela's gone now, but his son Femi is keeping the sound alive and contemporary with other great releases and rare live UK performances. But it was his daddy set the standard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music 17 Feb 2011
By Sandy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this album after seeing Fela the play at the National. This ablum has the prefect mix of jazz, funk and african music combined. Since I have purchased the album I have not stopped playing it and it is wonderful to dance to. Highly recommended if you like this type of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When you are stuck somewhere waiting for a train or a plane browsing in a record store is always good. When you stumble across something like this it becomes more than that. I picked this up, read the sleeve notes, and wondered why I had never heard of the guy. The sleeve sparked my interest, and when I got home and played it I loved it. The track that stands out for me is Lady, but all are great. Its an album that you put on load when you come home from work. Songs build up slow, with strong rhythms developing, fat instrumentation, and ultimately deep lead vocals and contrasting backing... A real pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A music gem 21 Jan 2011
By Patoma
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the CD knowing fully well the absolute worth of fela kuti. The compilation encompassed the very best of fela's music genuis and foresight.I really enjoyed all the tracks and the messages conveyed in the music still
makes sense and nothing but rocket sense. It remains a calamity that Africans everywhere continue to allow worst atrocities to be heaped upon them by their pseudo-political elites who are all destined to meet their fate on day.

Long live abami eda omo anikulapo!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars African Rhythms 6 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for the track Roforofo fight,its taken me nearly 30 years to find it as the orginal vinyl was rare and hard to come by.The CD is packed with brilliant tunes,Fela Kuti returns the rhythms of jazz back to its African roots. A band leader, composer and master of the Saxaphone with that distinctive rasping tone. An absolute must have CD. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 8 Jan 2011
By Frog
Format:Audio CD
Wow! How come I've not met afrobeat before? I 'discovered' it when I went to see Fela the musical (2x !) and just had to search out the music afterwards. I was guided by other reviews that this would be the ideal album for newcomers to this type of music and agree. It's a 2 cd set with 13 good length tracks. I'd defy anyone to keep still when it's playing. Even my 4 year old grandson couldn't help dancing! (I had to be selective with the tracks when he was around because of some adult lyrics tho'.). Will be looking out for more.......
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