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Image: 1600776 Covers and music inspired by the Godfather of Afro-Beat Includes rare and previously unreleased music from Nigeria, Ghana, Colombia, Trinidad and more.

He’s best known by his first name: Fela. He’s certainly Nigeria’s most famous musical export. His name itself conjures images of
70s Lagos. A metropolis awash in the jubilation that swept in after the 1970 armistice in the civil war between the Nigerian Army
and Eastern Biafran secessionists. A capital city in the midst of transition. This is the environment in which Fela and his Africa
70 popularized the hybrid of highlife, jazz and James Brown style, big-band funk he invented: Afro-Beat.
In Nigeria, his countrymen knew his music like Americans know Elvis. On foreign shores, a chosen few Westerners could claim
to know the extent of Fela’s genius. As a result, while music historians have filled books with references to the influence of
Westerners on Fela’s creation, little has been said about Fela’s inspiration on others. Thus, our compilation begins.
Fela’s music, and that of his organization inspired musicians across the global village when Afro-Beat was new and novel. This
compilation focuses on the music Fela inspired – whether by fellow Nigerians recording alongside him in the early 70s,
neighbors in Ghana, then-modern Colombian cumbia ensembles inspired by the man who injected a new feel into the Yoruban
rhythms that formed cumbia’s base, Trinidadian steel bands or the select few organizations left that have maintained Fela’s fury
in the new millennium. This is but a cursory investigation into those inspired by Fela Kuti’s genius, but it is unique: the first time
that many of these tracks are not only offered a second chance for worthy introspection, but, in the case of many, the first time
they’re being issued full stop.

Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band - Woman Pin Down
6th Infantry Brigade Of The Nigerian Army - Black & Proud
Bola Johnson - Never Trust A Woman
Bola Johnson - Hot Pants
Segun Bucknor - Adebo

Jerry Hansen - Sisi Mi
Phirpo Y Sus Caribes - Comencemos
Cubmia Moderna De Soledad - Shacalao
Lisandro Meza - Shacalao

Mosco Tiles Fonclaire Steel Orchestra - Black Man's Cry
Sylvania East Side Symphony - Egbi Mi O/Black Man's Cry (Medley)
Lever Brothers Gay Flamingoes - Egbi Mi O/Black Man's Cry (Medley)

Daktaris - Up Side Down
Karl Hector & The Malcouns - Toure Samar
Whitefield Brothers - Lullaby For Lagos Available from 04.12.2015
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