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AfroBeat

Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight

Track from Fela Kuti‘s 1972 album by the same name. It showcases Tony Allen’s instrumental genius, as his drum pattern sets the basic structure for the song.

RIP Tony Allen

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AfroBeat

Fela Kuti – Perambulator

Despite being credited to Egypt 80, “Perambulator” – backed with “Frustration” – was almost certainly recorded in January or early February 1977, years before the formation of the band. On the original 1983 release, American trumpeter Lester Bowie, of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, was credited as guest soloist. Bowie stayed with Fela for a few weeks in January and February 1977 and the solo on the title track certainly sounds like him. Further evidence is provided by the lyrics for “Perambulator,” which are a humorous lampoon of incompetent, lazy government bureaucrats, who “perambulate” aimlessly and ineffectually, and waste public money on jollies such as trips to London to study British methods of refuse collection. By the 1980s, Fela’s lyric writing was angrier than this and it is near inconceivable that he would write a light-hearted lyric such as “Perambulator” after the army’s destruction of Kalakuta Republic in 1977.

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AfroBeat AfroJazz

Fela Kuti Feat. Roy Ayers – Music of many Colours

Remastered version of Music of many Colours, available on black vinyl, after rainbow vinyl was sold out last april.

When Roy Ayers toured Nigeria with his band as the opening act for Fela and Egypt 80 (80s), Fela Kuti and Ayers became friends and got together for this album, mixing Afrobeat and Jazz-Funk.

2000 Blacks Got To Be Free (Edit)

Africa Centre of the World (Radio Edit)

Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers – Music of many Colours

Fela Kuti - Roy Ayers - Music of many Colours