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5.0 out of 5 stars Africa's finest, 25 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Zombie (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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King Of Afrobeat And All Things Funky, 13 Nov 2009
This review is from: Zombie (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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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fela Kuti, 3 Feb 2010
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Lionel Aldridge (Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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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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