- 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 (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Best of Fela Kuti Double CD
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!!!
Fela Kuti is second only to Miles Davis is his importance to the world he inhabited. May he funk in his heaven! He rool cool!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great CD by a legend - well packaged and sent quickly - thank you.Published 14 months ago by JJ de G
FELA is a Legend! Thus, it was imperative to purchase this particular album that spoke for the voiceless in the Nigerian society.Published 21 months ago by Mrs C Kadiri
I'm new to Fela Kuti's music but this serves for a really great intro to him and the Afro-beat sound.Published on 15 Nov. 2014 by Koolhans