The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • UPC: 720841500421
  • Catalog Number: 15004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Open and Close - Fela Ransome Kuti (14:55)
  2. 2 Swegbe and Pako - Fela Ransome Kuti (12:30)
  3. 3 Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo - Fela Ransome Kuti (9:19)
  4. 4 Alu Jon Jonki Jon - Fela Ransome Kuti (12:41)
  5. 5 Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'n Quench) - Fela Ransome Kuti (7:14)
  6. 6 Eko Ile - Fela Ransome Kuti (6:41)
  7. 7 Je'Nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me) - Fela Ransome Kuti (13:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 J.J.D. (23:22)
  2. 2 Unnecessary Begging - Africa 70 (16:11)
  3. 3 No Buredi - Africa 70 (14:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Zombie - Afrika 70 (12:26)
  2. 2 Mister Follow Follow - Afrika 70 (12:57)
  3. 3 Observation Is No Crime - Afrika 70 (13:25)
  4. 4 Mistake - Afrika 70 (14:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Underground System - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (28:27)
  2. 2 Pansa Pansa - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (17:20)
  3. 3 Confusion Break Bones - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (29:10)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Let's Start - Fela Ransome Kuti (7:47)
  2. 2 Black Man's Cry - Fela Ransome Kuti (11:38)
  3. 3 Ye Ye de Smell - Fela Ransome Kuti (13:17)
  4. 4 Edge Mi O - Fela Ransome Kuti (12:40)
  5. 5 Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo - Fela Ransome Kuti (16:21)
Disc 6
  1. 1 M.O.P. (Moment of the People) Political Statement 1 - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (37:04)
  2. 2 You Gimme Shit I Give You Shit - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (24:59)
  3. 3 Custom Check Poin - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (16:02)
Disc 7
  1. 1 V.I.P., Pts. 1-2 (20:10)
  2. 2 Authority Stealing, Pts. 1-2 - Afrika 70 (24:08)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Yellow Fever - Afrika 70 (15:22)
  2. 2 Na Poi - Fela Ransome Kuti (13:32)
  3. 3 Na Poi, Pts. 1-2 - Fela Ransome Kuti (25:17)
  4. 4 You No Go Die...Unless - Fela Ransome Kuti (7:34)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Alagbon Close - Fela Ransome Kuti (17:03)
  2. 2 I No Get Eye for Back - Fela Ransome Kuti (11:24)
  3. 3 Why Black Man Dey Suffer - Fela Ransome Kuti (15:15)
  4. 4 Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin' Mentality - Fela Ransome Kuti (12:57)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Monkey Banana - Africa 70 (11:36)
  2. 2 Sense Wiseness - Africa 70 (12:57)
  3. 3 Excuse O (13:35)
  4. 4 Mr. Grammarticalogyisationalism Is the Boss (16:35)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Everything Scatter - Africa 70 (10:34)
  2. 2 Who No Know Go Know - Africa 70 (15:09)
  3. 3 Noise for Vendor Mouth - Africa 70 (15:23)
  4. 4 Mattress - Africa 70 (13:54)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (25:48)
  2. 2 Look and Laugh (30:49)
  3. 3 Just Like That (22:17)
Disc 13
  1. 1 Highlife Time - Fela Ransome Kuti (5:23)
  2. 2 Omuti Tide - Fela Ransome Kuti (3:51)
  3. 3 Ololufe Mi - Fela Ransome Kuti (5:18)
  4. 4 Wadele Wa Rohin - Fela Ransome Kuti (4:07)
  5. 5 Laise Lairo - Fela Ransome Kuti (4:14)
  6. 6 Wayo - Fela Ransome Kuti (4:43)
  7. 7 My Lady Frustration - Fela Ransome Kuti (7:01)
  8. 8 Viva Nigeria - Fela Ransome Kuti (3:47)
  9. 9 Obe - Fela Ransome Kuti (3:13)
  10. 10 Ako - Fela Ransome Kuti (2:43)
  11. 11 Witchcraft - Fela Ransome Kuti (5:27)
  12. 12 Wayo - Fela Ransome Kuti (3:29)
  13. 13 Lover - Fela Ransome Kuti (6:11)
  14. 14 Funky Horn - Fela Ransome Kuti (4:44)
  15. 15 Eko - Fela Ransome Kuti (4:15)
  16. 16 This Is Sad - Fela Ransome Kuti (4:23)
Disc 14
  1. 1 Roforofo Fight (15:41)
  2. 2 Go Slow (17:24)
  3. 3 Question Jam Answer (13:40)
  4. 4 Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am (12:05)
  5. 5 Shenshema (9:09)
  6. 6 Ariya (10:18)
Disc 15
  1. 1 Confusion, Pts. 1-2 - Fela Ransome Kuti (25:37)
  2. 2 Gentleman - Fela Ransome Kuti (14:41)
  3. 3 Fefe Naa Efe - Fela Ransome Kuti (8:12)
  4. 4 Igbe - Fela Ransome Kuti (8:07)
Disc 16
  1. 1 Lady - Africa 70 (13:49)
  2. 2 Shakara - Africa 70 (13:25)
  3. 3 J'ehin J'eehin - Africa 70 (7:26)
  4. 4 Egbe Mi O - Africa 70 (13:15)
  5. 5 Who're You - Africa 70 (9:30)
  6. 6 Buy Africa - Africa 70 (5:50)
  7. 7 Fight to Finish - Africa 70 (7:25)
Disc 17
  1. 1 Expensive Shit - Fela Ransome Kuti (13:14)
  2. 2 Water No Get Enemy - Fela Ransome Kuti (11:00)
  3. 3 He Miss Road - Fela Ransome Kuti (10:47)
  4. 4 Monday Morning in Lagos - Fela Ransome Kuti (11:15)
  5. 5 It's No Possible - Fela Ransome Kuti (17:36)
Disc 18
  1. 1 Stalemate - Afrika 70 (12:55)
  2. 2 Don't Worry About My Mouth O - Afrika 70 (15:44)
  3. 3 Fear Not for Man - Afrika 70 (14:14)
  4. 4 Palm Wine Sound - Afrika 70 (15:17)
Disc 19
  1. 1 Ikoyi Blindness - Africa 70 (15:08)
  2. 2 Gba Mi Leti Ki N'dolowo - Africa 70 (14:13)
  3. 3 Kalakuta Show - Africa 70 (14:31)
  4. 4 Don't Make Garan Garan - Africa 70 (16:04)
Disc 20
  1. 1 Upside Down (14:44)
  2. 2 Go Slow (14:36)
  3. 3 2000 Blacks Got to Be Free (18:38)
  4. 4 Africa Centre of the World (17:31)
Disc 21
  1. 1 Beasts of No Nation - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (28:20)
  2. 2 O.D.O.O. - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (31:54)
Disc 22
  1. 1 Army Arrangement - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (30:01)
  2. 2 Government Chicken Boy - Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 (29:15)
Disc 23
  1. 1 Coffin for Head of State (22:43)
  2. 2 Unknown Soldier, Pts. 1-2 (31:09)
Disc 24
  1. 1 Shuffering and Shmiling - Afrika 70 (21:34)
  2. 2 No Agreement - Afrika 70 (15:31)
  3. 3 Dog Eat Dog - Afrika 70 (15:33)
Disc 25
  1. 1 Opposite People - Afrika 70 (16:39)
  2. 2 Equalisation of Trouser and Pant - Afrika 70 (16:42)
  3. 3 Sorrow Tears and Blood - Afrika 70 (10:15)
  4. 4 Colonial Mentality - Afrika 70 (13:42)
Disc 26
  1. 1 Original Sufferhead (21:10)
  2. 2 Power Show (14:48)
  3. 3 I.T.T. (24:03)
Disc 27
  1. 1 A Slice of Fela
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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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