Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit/ He Miss Road (1975) (320)

Fela Kuti was the pioneer of afrobeat music and the driving force behind anti-imperialist and anti-statist resistance in Nigeria in the 1970s. If there's ever an example for the power of music to make positive social change, this is it. This is one of my favorite of his albums (although they are numerous). The title is a reference to the infamous incident in a Nigerian airport where the authorities planted a joint on Fela's person in order to imprison him for good. Legend has it that he managed to eat the joint before it was discovered, so he was detained until they could search for it in his shit. So that's where all that covert American aid money was going... Expensive shit! Anyway, this is one of Fela's more melodic/accessible efforts without compromising the funk or the fuck-shit-up. Enjoy!


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


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