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Fela Kuti

Zombie Fela Kuti And Afrika 70


Format: CD

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Includes liner notes by Jacqueline Grandchamp-Thiam, Rikki Stein and Mabinuori Kayode Idowu. Digitally remastered by Pompon (Translab Paris, Paris, France). With the inclusion of Nigerian master musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti's incendiary 1977 single, "Zombie," "Mr. Follow Follow," a typical anti-authoritarian exhortation, and a couple of hitherto-unreleased live cuts from the 1978 Berlin Jazz festival, ZOMBIE finds the iconoclastic singer and bandleader at his electrifying best. The title track, an anti-militaristic lampoon of the Nigerian armed forces, earned Fela the ire of that army--revenge came when soldiers wrecked Fela's compound, throwing his mother from a window and killing her. A breakneck rhythm, skittering horn lines, and Fela's own taunting vocals add up to one of the musician's most confrontational tracks. Conflict is likewise in the air on "Mistake," performed in front of a less-than-ecstatic crowd of Berlin jazz aficionados, conveying the palpable anger of a musician who craved controversy and relished provocation. Reissue producer: Jean-Pierre Haie. Personnel includes: Fela Kuti (vocals, alto & tenor saxophones, piano); Ogene Kologbo, Leke Benson (guitar); Christopher Uwaifor (tenor saxophone); Lekan Animashaun (baritone saxophone); Tunde Williams (trumpet); Franco Aboddy (electric bass); Tony Allen (drums); Henri Kafi, Nicholas Addo (congas); Isaac Olaley (maracas). Producer: Fela Kuti.
Cat. number: WRASS 048
Year: 2001
Genre: Jazz
Original LP + Bonus Tracks Observation Is No Crime(Previously Unreleased) Mistake(Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival-1978)(Previously Unreleased)