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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 (4 Jan. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • ASIN: B00005RTCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zombie
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The main problem with Fela Kuti is that he is not appreciated enough by the general public. He was an extremely interesting and great individual as well as a brilliant musician. This album is as good a place to start as any when it comes to an introduction. The influence of his Africa is everywhere from his anti-governmet lyrics to the driving rhythm. It is funky as well and sits well alongside any collection of James Brown or Sly and the Family Stone. I find it hugely sad that this record is not as widely known as it should be because of the huge politcal significance of Fela Kuti in Nigeria and as an African hero.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Royale on 13 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are unfamiliar with Fela this is a great place to start. I own just about everything the man
recorded, and if I had to pick just one album, I'd start here. This is some of the most powerful
and funky music ever made, and if you had to give just one musician the title of "The Rhythm King",
Fela Kuti would be the only contender standing tall next to James Brown.

Miles Davis once said that Fela's music was the music of the future, and in more ways than one I
think he was right. Afrobeat are on the rise again, with bands like Antibalas, Karl Hector & The
Malcouns, Nomo, Vampire Weekend, The Budos Band, Ebo Taylor and Fela's own son Seun Kuti, doing
their spin on afrobeat or being under the influence.
Fela will always be the Undisputed King Of Heavy Heavy Afrobeat, and even though he is loved and
recognized amongst funkateers and musicians alike, the man is still criminally underrated.
A true genius.

I'm not sure how to say it, but there is something majestic about Fela's sound. Especially in the
horn sections. And it's music for all occasions. Are you meeting your friends for a drinking session
at a smokefilled nightclub? Play Fela. Late night dancing? Fela. A funeral? Fela. Weddings? Fela.
National anthem? Fela.
It's strange that a country like Italy, for instance, doesn't have a Fela song as their national anthem.
Songs about corruption, dictatorship, media-control and bad ledership should be perfectly suited for Italy.

If you want to pick up other classic albums by Fela, try these first, as they are just as good as "Zombie":
"Opposite People/Sorrow, Tears And Blood", "Roforofo Fight/Fela Singles" and "Shakara/London Scene".
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Interesting album where Fela Kuti explores new boundaries. It's only after have listened several times that I appreciate the album as a whole. It's full of layers and each time I discover new things. Challenging music.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lionel Aldridge on 3 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Discovered on a flight back from South Africa his music can be amazing, will download/buy more. Touches of Osibesa, a lot of jazz, etc
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
THE ON-THE-GROUND SPIRITUAL GAME 26 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those who were fortunate to have experienced Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's music and social commentary over the years,"Zombie" will be a familiar tune. Originally released around 1976, it is arguably one of the late Chief Priest's best recorded songs, both lyrically and instrumentally. Fela is at his rebelious peak, heaping insults on the Nigerian military government and chastising 'the zombies' for their inability to "think." The Africa 70 band is also at the peak of it's musical creativity and prowess, delivering a breath taking tempo that challenged Fela's sensuous dancers to the limit for many years at the African Shrine and at various musical shows. Of particular note are the precision and sharpness of the horn section's delivery on "Zombie", one of the best tracks ever from Africa's greatest music machine.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Poor Quality Mastering 29 Jun. 2007
By P. Stout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is widely considered to be a classic album, so if you plan on buying it, do yourself a favor and seek out another edition. This edition is poorly digitally mastered and features quite a bit of annoying digital clipping, harsh crackles that distract from the music. You might be tempted by the lower than usual price, but you'll get what you pay for. If you're reading this at all, I don't have to tell you much about the music. My simple advice is to avoid this edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ARCHETYPE OF EXCELLENCE 25 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To listen is to believe, you have to be prepared for the voyage of discovery this great man takes you on. It really is spiritual. BABA 70 celebrates the joys of beign an African and expresses his despair at the rape of the dignity of Africans. This will open your eyes and your soul. It is truly great music.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
BABA '70 IS ORIGINALE'. 20 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fela is second to none,one before the rest.His music hits me from both right,left and center.Although he is gone but his music liveth forever.I thank him for the vision he saw and sang about for it's all happening today but i wish he were around to yab the govt again.Rest in peace BABA,for i miss you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely fantastic! 4 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fela is really the ultimate in Nigeria's music scene. He has really, really given so much. I wish there were more like him.
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