Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

by Fela Kuti
     
 
Even before his death in 1997, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was the stuff of legend as the creator of Afro-beat, and as a fierce political activist, outlaw, and outspoken voice for the oppressed not only in his native Nigeria, but throughout Africa. Though harassed, beaten, tortured, and imprisoned by his own country's oppressive military dictatorship, he could not be broken.

Overview

Even before his death in 1997, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was the stuff of legend as the creator of Afro-beat, and as a fierce political activist, outlaw, and outspoken voice for the oppressed not only in his native Nigeria, but throughout Africa. Though harassed, beaten, tortured, and imprisoned by his own country's oppressive military dictatorship, he could not be broken. Like Bob Marley's, Kuti's name has been synonymous with liberation. Since his passing he has even become the subject of a Broadway musical that bears his name and tours internationally. He is a bona fide folk hero. That said, it's his music that not only survives his legend, but is the largest part of what perpetuates it. In its salacious, infectious, polyrhythmic grooves, the anger, politics, and sexuality shake, quake, and roar from his first recordings to his last. His catalog has been issued in several incarnations at various times since his death. This particular box set from Wrasse contains all 26 albums, which were previously released by the label in three separate compilation groupings. Each disc is housed in its own mini-LP sleeve, bearing original cover art, and the set contains four booklets -- one for each grouping of albums and a brief biography in a booklet of its own. What's confusing, at least initially, is that the back of the box numbers the albums one through 26, while each booklet numbers them starting at one. In other words, discs ten and 19 both bear the number one and start again with their groupings. They correspond to the way the label initially released these albums. The box also contains a DVD entitled A Slice of Fela. It is a compilation narrated by Sahr Ngaujah that contains excerpts from various documentaries and live concerts. There are interviews with Kuti's biographer Carlos Moore and Fela the musical's co-writer and choreographer, Bill T. Jones. Obviously, this collection is for the hardcore Kuti fan who doesn't already have everything. That said, given its exceptionally reasonable price tag (a true bargain), it may appeal to others as well. Either way, it is a singular document, one that testifies to Kuti's authentic role as one of the great musical innovators of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2012
Label:
Knitting Factory
UPC:
0720841500421
catalogNumber:
15004
Rank:
7073

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Open and Close
  2. Swegbe and Pako
  3. Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo
  4. Alu Jon Jonki Jon
  5. Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'n Quench)
  6. Eko Ile
  7. Je'Nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me)

Disc 2

  1. J.J.D.
  2. Unnecessary Begging
  3. No Buredi

Disc 3

  1. Zombie
  2. Mister Follow Follow
  3. Observation Is No Crime
  4. Mistake

Disc 4

  1. Underground System
  2. Pansa Pansa
  3. Confusion Break Bones

Disc 5

  1. Let's Start
  2. Black Man's Cry
  3. Ye Ye de Smell
  4. Edge Mi O
  5. Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo

Disc 6

  1. M.O.P. (Moment of the People) Political Statement 1
  2. You Gimme Shit I Give You Shit
  3. Custom Check Poin

Disc 7

  1. V.I.P., Pts. 1-2
  2. Authority Stealing, Pts. 1-2

Disc 8

  1. Yellow Fever
  2. Na Poi
  3. Na Poi, Pts. 1-2
  4. You No Go Die...Unless

Disc 9

  1. Alagbon Close
  2. I No Get Eye for Back
  3. Why Black Man Dey Suffer
  4. Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin' Mentality

Disc 10

  1. Monkey Banana
  2. Sense Wiseness
  3. Excuse O
  4. Mr. Grammarticalogyisationalism Is the Boss

Disc 11

  1. Everything Scatter
  2. Who No Know Go Know
  3. Noise for Vendor Mouth
  4. Mattress

Disc 12

  1. Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
  2. Look and Laugh
  3. Just Like That

Disc 13

  1. Highlife Time
  2. Omuti Tide
  3. Ololufe Mi
  4. Wadele Wa Rohin
  5. Laise Lairo
  6. Wayo
  7. My Lady Frustration
  8. Viva Nigeria
  9. Obe
  10. Ako
  11. Witchcraft
  12. Wayo
  13. Lover
  14. Funky Horn
  15. Eko
  16. This Is Sad

Disc 14

  1. Roforofo Fight
  2. Go Slow
  3. Question Jam Answer
  4. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am
  5. Shenshema
  6. Ariya

Disc 15

  1. Confusion, Pts. 1-2
  2. Gentleman
  3. Fefe Naa Efe
  4. Igbe

Disc 16

  1. Lady
  2. Shakara
  3. J'ehin J'eehin
  4. Egbe Mi O
  5. Who're You
  6. Buy Africa
  7. Fight to Finish

Disc 17

  1. Expensive Shit
  2. Water No Get Enemy
  3. He Miss Road
  4. Monday Morning in Lagos
  5. It's No Possible

Disc 18

  1. Stalemate
  2. Don't Worry About My Mouth O
  3. Fear Not for Man
  4. Palm Wine Sound

Disc 19

  1. Ikoyi Blindness
  2. Gba Mi Leti Ki N'dolowo
  3. Kalakuta Show
  4. Don't Make Garan Garan

Disc 20

  1. Upside Down
  2. Go Slow
  3. 2000 Blacks Got to Be Free
  4. Africa Centre of the World

Disc 21

  1. Beasts of No Nation
  2. O.D.O.O.

Disc 22

  1. Army Arrangement
  2. Government Chicken Boy

Disc 23

  1. Coffin for Head of State
  2. Unknown Soldier, Pts. 1-2

Disc 24

  1. Shuffering and Shmiling
  2. No Agreement
  3. Dog Eat Dog

Disc 25

  1. Opposite People
  2. Equalisation of Trouser and Pant
  3. Sorrow Tears and Blood
  4. Colonial Mentality

Disc 26

  1. Original Sufferhead
  2. Power Show
  3. I.T.T.

Disc 27

  1. A Slice of Fela

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fela Kuti   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist
Tony Allen   Drums
Oyinade Adeniran   Tenor Saxophone
Lekan Animashaun   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Chukwudi Aroga   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Tunde Williams   Trumpet,Soloist
Francis Foster   Drums
Tony Abayomi   Stick
Akwesi Korranting   Conga
Akameah   Trumpet
Friday Jumbo   Conga
Peter Animashaun   Rhythm Guitar
Igo Chiko   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Maurice Ekpo   Bass Guitar
Tajudeen Animashaun   Baritone Saxophone
Fehintola Anikulapo Kuti   Background Vocals
Ihase Anikulapo Kuti   Background Vocals
Kewe Anikulapo Kuti   Background Vocals
Nana Femi Anikulapo Kuti   Alto Saxophone
Laspalmer Ojeah   Guitar
Moses Sobo Wale   Trumpet
Isaac Olaleye   Shekere
Alake Anikulapo Kuti   Background Vocals
Dele Soshimi   Piano,Soloist
Fosiber   Maracas
Lamtey   Stick
Achampong   Baritone Saxophone
Henry Koffi   Conga
Eddie Faychum   Trumpet
Bill T. Jones   Interviewee
Sahr Ngaujah   Narrator
Carlos Moore   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Dennis Bovell   Engineer
Fela Kuti   Composer,Producer
Jeff Jarratt   Producer
Bernard Matussiere   Cover Photo
Chris May   Liner Notes
Rikki Stein   Liner Notes
Jacqueline Grandchamp-Thiam   Liner Notes
Okanlawon Bajoko   Cover Design

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