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File under: Afrika!Afrobeat

Fela Kuti

Afrodisiac (LP)

Super album, mixing some of the improvisational verve of jazz into Fela Kuti's Afro-funk stew. These four workouts, all sung in Nigerian, are propulsive mixtures of funk and African music, avoiding the homogeneity of much funk and African records of later vintage, done with nonstop high energy. The interplay between horns, electric keyboards, drums, and Kuti's exuberant vocals gives this a jazz character without sacrificing the earthiness that makes it danceable as well. "Jeun Ko Ku (Chop'n Quench)" became Kuti's first big hit in Nigeria, selling 200,000 copies in its first six months in its initial version.

File under: Afrika!Afrobeat
Cat. number: KFR2008-1
Year: 2001

 "Afrodisiac" originally issued by Regal Zonophone Records in 1972. BIEM / MCPS