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Fela Kuti
Expensive Shit

Nigerian police, seeking to frame Fela Kuti, tried to plant a joint of marijuana on him during a gathering at his home. Wise to their plan, he quickly swallowed the joint. However, the police threw him in jail to wait for the evidence to make its way through his system. With some wily plotting Fela escaped charges and subsequently produced this opus mocking the police for wasting resources on hassling him instead of furthering justice in Nigeria. Opening brass sounds give way to interplay between Fela’s narration about the episode and responses from his group of female singers.

Fela Kuti
Box Set #4 Compiled by Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti released so many albums during his spectacular lifetime that it can be hard to know precisely where to go as a listener. But worry not, Knitting Factory and Erykah Badu have got you covered! Box Set #4 contains seven discs of carefully compiled classics (chosen by Badu) from the Kuti catalogue, along with a booklet of in-depth commentaries and essays. Perfect.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (KFR4005-1)
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Fela Kuti
Zombie

Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The title track of Zombie is an acknowledged Fela classic, but the album as a whole hasn’t been available as a stand-alone vinyl since the original release. Mmmm, tasty political afrobeat.... LP on Knitting Factory.

Fela Kuti
Gentleman

The first time Gentleman has been made available on individual vinyl since its original release in 1973. The father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti pulls no punches with Gentleman, big band groove for days with serious and equally big messages. The title track being an opposition to the west, Fefe Naa Efe a tribute to Ghana, and Igbe showing Kuti breaking taboos again and again with his constant use of the word Sh*t in various languages.

Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Africa 70 with Ginger Baker
Live!

Originally recorded in 1971 at Abbey Road studios in just a few hours, 'Live!' is a collaboration between good friends former Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome-Kuti and his band The Africa 70. Featuring a live audience of 150 people who crammed into the studio with them, this is not only a piece of history with some of the most accomplished musicianship you'll ever hear, it's also a really fun party record and a great example of what a live album should be.

Femi Kuti
One People One World

The Kuti's are quite the family eh? Femi Kuti is of course the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and the brother of Seun Kuti. Given they've both released albums in 2018 the rivalry between the two brothers must be immense. Though maybe not, One People One World is not in the least a petty record. But rather one of infinite warmth and understanding. 

Fela Kuti
Na Poi

Fela Kuti’s ‘Na Poi’ is one of the great banned records. The Nigerian Broadcasting Company forbade Na Poi’s sexually explicit title-track from being sent out on air when it was first released, but all his did was add to the song’s legend and turned it into one of the Afrobeat pioneer’s signature tunes. Now reissued on vinyl for the first time in ages by The Knitting Factory.

Fela Kuti
Shakara

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. Shakara contains the Fela favourite ‘Lady’, along with a much rarer cut.

Fela Kuti
Fear Not For Man

Fela Kuti needs no introduction, but his 1978 LP Fear Not For Man might. This isn’t one of the Afrobeat legend’s better-known works, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t play an important part in the Fela story. Indeed, the fact that this was one of the first records he released in the aftermath of a vicious government attack on his Lagos compound makes for an intriguing backstory. As for the music, Fear Not For Man’s title track is classic Kuti, all rhythm and invective, while instrumental B-side ‘Palm Wine Sound’ nods to Fela’s early adventures in high-life. Lester Bowie is among the cast.

Fela Kuti
London Scene

Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is known for having a huge and excellent catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. London Scene is early, formative Kuti, and even features Ginger Baker on one track(!).

Fela Kuti
Afrodisiac

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. Afrodisiac features the track ‘Alu Jon Jonki Jon’, which is an amazing jam even by Fela’s high high standards.

Fela Kuti
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense' offers up three massively long compositions from Fela Kuti that delve deeply into his interest in mixing Afrobeat with soul, while still maintaining a strong amount of horns. There's also signs of the politically charged artist listeners of Fela Kuti will have come to expect in the thirty-minute, two-part "Look and Love", which is about an attack on his hometown from Nigerian soldiers.

Various
Red Hot + Fela

Red Hot + compilations are always worth a listen. The label, which is an offshoot of The Red Hot Organisation, specialises in getting together groups of artists to reinterpret the music of some seminal artist or another. They then donate the proceeds of their LPs to fighting AIDS. This is a noble cause in and of itself, so it's a bonus that their records tend to be pretty good too. On Red Hot + Fela we find everyone from ?uestlove to Chance The Rapper to Spoek Mathambo taking a dip in the archive of the late, great Fela Kuti.