FELA RANSOME KUTI & THE AFRICA 70
A1: GENTLEMAN (14:42).
B1: FEFE NAA EFE (8:12); B2: IGBE (8:07).
CATEGORY: AFROBEAT | DURATION: 31 MINUTES
A prime example of Afrobeat by its originator and prime purveyor, Fela Kuti. With stylistic links to American funk, American post-jazz funk and the new roots reggae emerging from Jamaica, Gentleman shows how Fela’s modified, politically-informed native African music sits at the heart of all its diasporic offshoots. Driving polyrhythms, blazing horns and call-and-response vocals make Afrobeat one of the most vital music forms of the 70s, and its influence would become even more apparent a few years later in the fourth world fusion experiments conducted by Brian Eno with various collaborators.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT YOUNG (1964-2014)
“ÆTERNUM VORTICE LACRIMARUM SOMNIAT”