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Lester Bowie – For Fela

Lester Bowie spent 6 months in Lagos with Fela Kuti in 1977.
Here’s an interview where he tells the full story

Original version is on the LP “African Children”, 1978

Bass – Malachi Favors
Drums – Phillip Wilson
Organ – Amina Myers
Saxophone [Alto] – Arthur Blythe
Trumpet – Lester Bowie

Basically, I always believed art is functional. It’s not just something you put in museums, it’s better for it to be used for something functional: educational usage, therapeutic usage. But it should be USED. Music should be used, not just as entertainment. I’m not saying it’s NOT entertainment. It’s EVERYTHING. It’s entertainment, it’s religion, it’s a lot of things. That’s what most of what our conversations would be about: the spiritual aspect to the music, what binds all these different types of musics together.

Lester Bowie

Lester Bowie - African Children

Lester Bowie appears on the “No Agreement” LP, recorded by Fela Kuti in 1977.

Side two, the instrumental “Dog Eat Dog,” includes a post-Bitches Brew, Miles Davis-ish trumpet solo which was probably played by the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s L. Bowie. Bowie was in Lagos for a few months round about the time the album was recorded (during 1977’s Festac) and participated in Afrika 70 recording sessions.

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