Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

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.… See more details below

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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:
0720841500421
catalogNumber:
15004
Rank:
60594

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

  1. J.J.D.  - Fela Kuti
  2. Unnecessary Begging  -  Africa 70
  3. No Buredi  -  Africa 70

Disc 3

  1. Zombie  -  Afrika 70
  2. Mister Follow Follow  -  Afrika 70
  3. Observation Is No Crime  -  Afrika 70
  4. Mistake  -  Afrika 70

Disc 4

  1. Underground System  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
  2. Pansa Pansa  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
  3. Confusion Break Bones  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80

Disc 5

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

Disc 6

  1. M.O.P. (Moment of the People) Political Statement 1  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
  2. You Gimme Shit I Give You Shit  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
  3. Custom Check Poin  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80

Disc 7

  1. V.I.P., Pts. 1-2  - Fela Kuti
  2. Authority Stealing, Pts. 1-2  -  Afrika 70

Disc 8

  1. Yellow Fever  -  Afrika 70
  2. Na Poi  - Fela Kuti
  3. Na Poi, Pts. 1-2  - Fela Kuti
  4. You No Go Die...Unless  - Fela Kuti

Disc 9

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

Disc 10

  1. Monkey Banana  -  Africa 70
  2. Sense Wiseness  -  Africa 70
  3. Excuse O  - Fela Kuti
  4. Mr. Grammarticalogyisationalism Is the Boss  - Fela Kuti

Disc 11

  1. Everything Scatter  -  Africa 70
  2. Who No Know Go Know  -  Africa 70
  3. Noise for Vendor Mouth  -  Africa 70
  4. Mattress  -  Africa 70

Disc 12

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

Disc 13

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

Disc 14

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

Disc 15

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

Disc 16

  1. Lady  -  Africa 70
  2. Shakara  -  Africa 70
  3. J'ehin J'eehin  -  Africa 70
  4. Egbe Mi O  -  Africa 70
  5. Who're You  -  Africa 70
  6. Buy Africa  -  Africa 70
  7. Fight to Finish  -  Africa 70

Disc 17

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

Disc 18

  1. Stalemate  -  Afrika 70
  2. Don't Worry About My Mouth O  -  Afrika 70
  3. Fear Not for Man  -  Afrika 70
  4. Palm Wine Sound  -  Afrika 70

Disc 19

  1. Ikoyi Blindness  -  Africa 70
  2. Gba Mi Leti Ki N'dolowo  -  Africa 70
  3. Kalakuta Show  -  Africa 70
  4. Don't Make Garan Garan  -  Africa 70

Disc 20

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

Disc 21

  1. Beasts of No Nation  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
  2. O.D.O.O.  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80

Disc 22

  1. Army Arrangement  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
  2. Government Chicken Boy  -  Fela Kuti & Egypt 80

Disc 23

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

Disc 24

  1. Shuffering and Shmiling  -  Afrika 70
  2. No Agreement  -  Afrika 70
  3. Dog Eat Dog  -  Afrika 70

Disc 25

  1. Opposite People  -  Afrika 70
  2. Equalisation of Trouser and Pant  -  Afrika 70
  3. Sorrow Tears and Blood  -  Afrika 70
  4. Colonial Mentality  -  Afrika 70

Disc 26

  1. Original Sufferhead  - Fela Kuti
  2. Power Show  - Fela Kuti
  3. I.T.T.  - Fela Kuti

Disc 27

  1. A Slice of Fela  - Fela Kuti

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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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