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jackhammer 09-16-2007 01:38 PM

Fela Kuti
 
I have been into this guy for many years now. He was born in Nigeria in the late 30's and used his music as a way of dealing with the extreme socio-political problems. His music was incredibly upbeat, sexy and funky. accompanying traditional african rythmns with funk, soul and a little bit of jazz. His discography contains over 50 albums over a 30 year career and he played many instruments himself. I have seven of his albums and they are so infectious, my PC is acting up at the moment so I will upload when i can.

Just audio, but it gives you some idea:

right-track 09-16-2007 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by jackhammer (Post 398251)
accompanying traditional african rythmns with funk, soul and a little bit of jazz.

First I've heard of this artist. I liked it.
No surprise though if his music includes Funk/Soul and Jazz.
I'm always interested in hearing fusion and crossover stuff and this worked quite well.
I'd be interested in an up, when you have the time mate.

jackhammer 09-16-2007 05:49 PM

I found this one. I have this, so can highly reccomend it. His albums usually only had a few long tracks (at least 7 mins+), but worth it.

jackhammer 09-19-2007 01:51 PM

Had a chance to listen to this Right Track?

anticipation 11-04-2007 10:30 AM

my myspace song is "trouble sleep wake yanga am" and it is amazing.



I <3 Fela Kuti.

fleasbaby 11-10-2007 11:08 AM

If anyone is interested (and has access to it) eMusic has a bunch of his stuff...its a steal too since a subscription goes by how many mp3s you download and the dear man's albums were all roughly 4 tracks, each at least ten minutes long it seems...

jackhammer 11-10-2007 03:08 PM

I now have seven of his albums. It's a long road but I'm determined to get them all!

right-track 11-10-2007 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by jackhammer (Post 398359)
I found this one. I have this, so can highly reccomend it. His albums usually only had a few long tracks (at least 7 mins+), but worth it.

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Originally Posted by jackhammer (Post 399221)
Had a chance to listen to this Right Track?

I forgot all about this thread.
The link still works jackhammer, so I'm having that. :)

I've also removed it for obvious reasons.

Cheers.

jackhammer 11-10-2007 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by right-track (Post 413133)
I forgot all about this thread.
The link still works jackhammer, so I'm having that. :)

I've also removed it for obvious reasons.

Cheers.

Get stuck in RT I guarantee you will like him. PM me if you get on with his stuff.

jackhammer 12-29-2007 04:10 PM

I'm bumping this because I love Fela and I reckon Urban should give his stuff a listen!

Urban Hat€monger ? 12-29-2007 08:01 PM

Hit me

Terrible Lizard 11-03-2008 07:06 PM

Fela Kuti
 
His genius cannot be simply stated in a few paragraphs, if you've never heard of him check these links out. For those of you who do name your favorite album, song, whatever.

Fela Kuti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://worldmusiccentral.org/artists...ge.php?id=1067

and some of his stuff. :pimp:

YouTube - FELA KUTI - LIVE- WITH JETHRO TULL

YouTube - Fela Kuti - Teacher Don't teach Me No Nonsense

YouTube - George Carlin - Anal Sex

enjoy!

Demonoid 11-04-2008 02:44 AM

Search :yeah:
http://www.musicbanter.com/country-f...fela-kuti.html

The only album I have is Zombie which is damn funky afro-beat stuff.
His discog seems dauntingly huge. I wouldn't mind if you could recommend me an album or two or even make a compilation.

jackhammer 11-04-2008 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Demonoid (Post 540144)
Search :yeah:
http://www.musicbanter.com/country-f...fela-kuti.html

The only album I have is Zombie which is damn funky afro-beat stuff.
His discog seems dauntingly huge. I wouldn't mind if you could recommend me an album or two or even make a compilation.

A compilation would be huge as all his tracks are usually over 10 minutes each. I'm now up to 23 albums.

Shakara and Open And close are excellent albums. PM me if you have any trouble ;)

Bulldog 11-04-2008 05:17 PM

The guy's music is just, y'know, brilliant. I've only got 'He Miss Road/Water No Get Enemy' on CD myself - 'It's No Possible' is one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard

jackhammer 11-04-2008 05:29 PM

His son has made some pretty good music too.

Bulldog 11-05-2008 08:17 AM

Yeah, Femi Kuti isn't it? Pretty sure I've got a CD of his lying around somewhere

jackhammer 11-05-2008 01:27 PM

Yeah it's Femi Kuti. I have both 'Fight To Win' and 'The Definitive Collection' on CD and although there are some great tunes, his father's work is far superior.

strappy 11-05-2008 05:34 PM

There's a whole revival of Fela-esque afrobeat going on right now. There's Antibalas, of course, but also the Chicago Afrobeat Project, Nomo, the Budos Band, and they're all great.

You should also check out other stuff contemporaneous to Fela. Check the Nigeria Special compilations. They're brilliant.

jackhammer 11-05-2008 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by strappy (Post 540985)
There's a whole revival of Fela-esque afrobeat going on right now. There's Antibalas, of course, but also the Chicago Afrobeat Project, Nomo, the Budos Band, and they're all great.

You should also check out other stuff contemporaneous to Fela. Check the Nigeria Special compilations. They're brilliant.

I have a couple of Antibalas tracks but the other names are new to me. thank christ-some new names and not the same old tired crap on here. Much appreciated.

Demonoid 11-06-2008 01:30 AM

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Originally Posted by strappy (Post 540985)
There's Antibalas, of course, but also the Chicago Afrobeat Project, Nomo, the Budos Band, and they're all great.

Hey, I like Nomo and The Budos Band as well :D
Ghost Rock was a damn fun album to listen to. The Budos Band II is damn funky and groovy, and has an old-school vibe to it ;) Yeah, like both.

Haven't listened to Antibalas though. I'll check them out! Go on, throw in more names :D

4ZZZ 11-06-2008 02:19 AM

A new name for me. I just checked out his discog. Massive. Gotta investigate.

strappy 11-10-2008 12:28 PM

Yeah. Budos Band does funky '70s car chase stuff with afrobeat arrangements.

You might also want to check out Tony Allen, who was Fela's drummer at one point. He appears on a great Fela tribute comp called Red Hot + Riot. He's still very active and if you discog him, you'll find all kinds of great music in and around afrobeat.

Nomo I think was inspired to use the likembe (thumb piano) from a resurgent groupd from Kinshasa called Konono No.1, which is deep afrobeat trance music.

Bulldog 11-10-2008 12:39 PM

Anyone here heard any King Sunny Ade? I was rummaging through my CDs the other day and found some of his stuff. Not really as funky as Fela but he's another one of the most revered names in Nigerian music - well worth checking out if you're into Fela's stuff. I'd be happy to upload some if anyone's interested

jackhammer 11-10-2008 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Bulldog (Post 542933)
Anyone here heard any King Sunny Ade? I was rummaging through my CDs the other day and found some of his stuff. Not really as funky as Fela but he's another one of the most revered names in Nigerian music - well worth checking out if you're into Fela's stuff. I'd be happy to upload some if anyone's interested

I had heard the name and got hold of just one track and was slightly dissapointed but if an upload is around I would certainly listen to an album for a better opinion.

Bulldog 11-10-2008 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by jackhammer (Post 542997)
I had heard the name and got hold of just one track and was slightly dissapointed but if an upload is around I would certainly listen to an album for a better opinion.

Check your PMs :)

ikvat 01-06-2009 07:15 AM

+1

Eugene 12-09-2009 11:47 AM

Fela has 4 box sets out there, rare and expensive especially box set 2, ebay had a few on a couple of weeks ago. Each box set contains 6 LP's with information booklets as well as photographs of the man himself and family a must for any Fela fan... Amazon had box set 2 for, I think $500 second hand but prices are going to go probably higher with the opening of the show "Fela" in NY

The Drift 05-08-2012 12:08 PM

Fela Kuti's best period?
 
I recently purchased Zombie and have been obsessed with Kuti ever since. I would like to purchase another album by him but want some opinions first. I am tempted to either purchase some of his later work from the 80's with the Egypt 80 or some of his solo work from before Zombie. What period have you guys come to love the most?

Freebase Dali 05-14-2012 08:26 PM

I got to see Seun Kuti & Egypt 40 at a festival recently. Unfortunately, I haven't heard his father's music that I know of. I'm a bit in the dark about Afropop. They played one of Fela's songs for sure, not sure about the rest.

labooster 05-16-2012 03:52 PM

Fela - the legend lives on! I'd say
the 70s. that era was truly his greatest.

jackhammer 05-16-2012 06:25 PM

http://www.musicbanter.com/country-f...fela-kuti.html

futureniyi 11-23-2012 01:24 PM

if you need Fela's music visit the link on my profile, can't posts links yet (new user)

Janszoon 03-27-2013 06:54 AM

The weekend before last I saw Fela!, the musical they've made of his life story. Pretty good really as far as musicals go. I thought they performed his songs well and the guy who played him was great. It's kind of rekindled my interest in Fela now. I had owned two of his albums for many years but since seeing the play I've gotten seven more, all of them wonderful. The real standouts so far are Expensive Shit, He Miss Road and the album he did with Roy Ayers, which is a little different but well worth your time if you haven't heard it.


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