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Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, and incredible music from Africa...
appreciation thread


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#1 chaosmachine

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:53 AM

Afrobeat only turns up 9 hits on watmm, so I figured I'd make this thread in celebration of one of the greatest musicians of all time, Fela Kuti.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938 — 1997), or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music, and human rights activist. - Wikipedia

Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 - CBB (Confusion Break Bones)
[youtubehd]BBD2CXMBWQ4[/youtubehd]

Deadi bodi geti accidenti. Yee pa!
Confusion breaki boni. Yepa!
Na double wahala for deadi bodi
And the owner of deadi bodi
Double wahala for deadi bodi...


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Fela Kuti was the mouthpiece of Nigerian counterculture in the 1970s. He developed a style of music known as Afrobeat - an amalgamation of Yoruba rhythms, Ghanaian Highlife, jazz, American funk and pidgin English. Fela loved getting up the nose of the authorities. He married 27 women in one day, publicly smoked marijuana despite the threat of prison, declared Kalakuta an independent state, and was often beaten up and imprisoned.

... He recounts the horrific story of the day in 1977 when soldiers under Olusegun Obasanjo's military regime stormed Fela's compound. Ironically, Fela and the recently retired president had grown up together in the town of Abeokuta, a few hours' drive from Lagos - Fela in a middle-class family, the son of a preacher, and Obasanjo in a poor farming family. Fela had released his record Zombie as a rebuke to the army, comparing them to robots, and his friends had burned an army motorcycle during one altercation. In retaliation, 1,000 of Obasanjo's soldiers surrounded Kalakuta.

"Fela didn't know what was happening," Olayinka recalls. "The soldiers began to climb the fence, then they started shooting. Fela was inside the house but he jumped out of his compound and ran to his friend's house. Then the soldiers threw Fela's mother out of the window."

Fela's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was Nigeria's first feminist activist, and the first woman to drive a car in the country. She broke her hip in the fall and later died from her injuries. The original Kalakuta Republic was subsequently burned to the ground, but Fela's response was to move into a new house and place a coffin on its roof with a banner that read: "This is where justice was murdered."

- The Guardian

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Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 - ODOO (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake)
[youtubehd]Q2aArlIHnOU[/youtubehd]

My friend wan come buy fan
Him dey sweat for him dey sleep for room
Him dey fall level of tree
The fan na seventy-five naira
My friend him dey follow salary
Him dey try to save and save and save
Every time he nearly buy the fan
Government go add ten naira more
Every time he nearly buy the fan
Government go start one activity
Till the fan reach two hundred naira
My friend nearly die, he never die

My friend he no wan die
Die-die no dey for him dictionary
For where? Huh...
Him dey try to save and save again
Him save for one year and six months
Inside cupboard
Under pillow
Under, under cooking pot
Inside socks
Under carpet
Him dey on his way to buy the fan
When alarm come blow

[Fela vocalizes a police siren]

Government announce second tier
Everything come tear to pieces
Everything come expensive
Even water become expensive

Second bass, jare... pop!

Fan don become seven hundred naira
Me and my friend start to look ourselves
He remain small make my friend dey cry
Na laugh laugh he catch monkey
Na now he come understand him life
Enjoyment can never come him way
Na now him life dey go reverse
In Africa, him fatherland
One more time...

[Chorus]
Soldier go, soldier come!
Soldier come, soldier go!


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:17 AM

i really have nothing to add to this thread except that this is a great OP and fela kuti is awesome.


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 01:38 PM

rhodes, dey do own

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:12 PM

i was hit by afro beat only recently despite vague memories of fela kuti listeners in the family. shit has the power of bob marley and aphex twin put together

my ears never managed to take jams of this lenght with this smoothness, thanks for posting

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:18 PM

been a big fan for years

if anyone wants to discover similarly amazing musics, tune into giles peterson on radio 1

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 05:58 PM

i love me some fela - and whilst not afrobeat, i definitely regard the shangaan electro stuff as an evolution of it. the norman records compilation album was a big fucking deal for me last year.



fucking amazing stuff.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 06:17 PM

:whistling:

Edited by mohamed, 08 May 2011 - 06:21 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

I've been a fan for about 10 years.

Fela's best album ->Posted Image
Tony Allen is a drum god.

For the record, his name is pronounced "Fe-la" like "Goodfellas". Not like "FAY-La".
I hate it when people pronounce it wrong. It hurts my ears. Proof @ 7:57 ...>>>>>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdKO5QZ9Z60


I love African music in general and particularly love this one........
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PIj2hweXfo

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 06:39 PM


this shit is pretty amazing too and i daresay pretty IDM.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:54 AM

stuff like this is unbeatable in every way:
[youtubehd]dN1ZaKrZDgs[/youtubehd]

 

 

this movie got me into african music, west african specifically.

 

[youtubehd]t6GIEs6j4rY[/youtubehd]

 

 

for the past 3 months i haven't listened to any western music per say...

just check this dub section at 1:45:

[youtubehd]vaJkW9ha1RI[/youtubehd]

 

 

some more:

[youtubehd]wasK4qDauQE[/youtubehd]

[youtubehd]cUl2yiKx3oI[/youtubehd]

[youtubehd]bwaJ7Dowl8k[/youtubehd]

 

 

i'm extremelly addicted to all this k7 releases that youssou and super etoile put out in the 80's:

Volume 3 Indépendance - YouTube
Volume 4 Bandjoly Ndiaye - YouTube
Volume 5 Yarou - YouTube
Volume 6 Djamil - YouTube
Volume 8 Immigres - Bitim Rew - YouTube
Volume 9 Africa Deebeub - YouTube
Volume 10 Ndobine - YouTube
Volume 11 Bekoor - YouTube
Volume 12 Jamm-La Paix - YouTube
Volume 14 Gaïndé - YouTube
Volume 15 Set - YouTube

 

 

here's a great doc on mbalax music from senegal:
Youssou N'Dour : Eyes Open - YouTube


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:02 AM

Afrobeat only turns up 9 hits on watmm

http://forum.watmm.c...-youssou-ndour/

http://forum.watmm.c...c/79049-mbalax/

 

not sure if it fits afrobeat description however...



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:21 AM

Nice thread mate! :ok:

 



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I love threads like this. more please



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 01:50 AM

the nigeria 70 compilations are killer and worth hunting down

 

awesome tapes from africa are cool also, like PPU but re-issuing old african bands on cassette and digital



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 03:01 AM

I went to a leaving party for a work colleague last night. The guy meant to be doing the music was late so I managed to plug the gap with a bit of Fela from my ipod. She's originally from Sierra Leone and loves a bit of Fela.

Another colleague who is Nigerian got me a Fela t-shirt from Fela's compound last year when he went home for a bit. It's apparently now a museum/tourist attraction.

 

Fucking love awesome tapes from africa. This is a personal fave:

 

http://www.awesometapes.com/2010/01/aby-ngana-diop-liital-face-dieuleul.html

 

artworks-000015116583-32uknq-crop.jpg?cc


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:02 AM

Fucking love awesome tapes from africa. This is a personal fave:

 

http://www.awesometapes.com/2010/01/aby-ngana-diop-liital-face-dieuleul.html

 

artworks-000015116583-32uknq-crop.jpg?cc

thanks for this site spiral!

 

check out youssou's k7 collection i just posted, it's the same genre, mbalax, just like aby ngana.

 

this user as an extraordinary collection, all great rips from k7! some even better than the stuff i was able to get on cd... http://www.youtube.com/user/lousndiaye/videos


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:10 AM

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great fucking opening thread, m8.



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:33 AM

http://www.afropop.org/



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:06 PM

the nigeria 70 compilations are killer and worth hunting down

Agreed. The Ghana Special off Soundwave Records is killer as well.

 

I've been on a huge Afrobeat/Highlife kick lately, mostly 60's/70's music from Ghana and Nigeria. Here are my favorites.

 

African Brothers Band (Ghana)

 

Mahotella Queens (South Africa): This song is really funky, but their album "Meet the Mahotella Queens" contains a lot more laid back summer day tracks.

 

Bola Johnson (Nigeria)

Shit, I didn't even know this track was on Lagos Jump. Guess I need to buy another album.



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[youtubehd]bwKb6M2kGRI[/youtubehd]

 

highlife owns everything


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