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Bestselling artists on Knitting Factory this year: Fela Kuti

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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.
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Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles

Part of a series of CD reissues that were made to celebrate the great man's birthday. The title misleads slightly in that it contains his 1971 album Roforofo Fight with two previously unreleased tracks from the same era (known for some reason as the Fela Singles). It captures Fela Kuti in longform Afro-jazz period inspired somewhat by James Brown. Each track weighs in at nine minutes plus  - essential grooves from a much missed artist. 
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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.
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Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Coffin For Head Of State

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti & Africa 70’s politically and emotionally charged Coffin For Head of State album. Originally released in 1980, it takes aim at the brutality of the Nigerian army at a 1977 incident in Kalakuta, one in which Fela’s activist mother sustained serious injuries, from which she ultimately died. 
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
J.J.D (Johnny Just Drop!!) - Live!! At Kalakuta Republik

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti’s J.J.D (Johnny Just Drop) Live at Kalakuta Republik. A ferocious collection originally released in 1977, it saw the Afrobeat icon taking aim at Nigerians who had been to Europe and America and returned to the country feeling embarrassed about their roots. 
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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.
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
Yellow Fever

Fela Kuti released an alarming amount of records between 1975 and 1977. When I say alarming I mean 24 albums. Yellow Fever is an incredible record in that the title track is one of Kuti's masterpieces and lyrically the album is a valiant rail against skin whitening creams. Like a lot of his albums of this era this has only been available as part of that massive box set series.  
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
No Agreement

There's at least one of our customers who should be happy about all these Fela Kuti re-issues... the guy who asked me all about how he could get hold of rare Fela Kuti stuff about six months ago. Whether or not this is you then you should be excited to learn that Kuti's No Agreement is now available as a single vinyl having previously only part of the box set series. It's one of Kuti's best and most overlooked albums of its era.   
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power)

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory re-issues V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power). Originally released in 1979 and recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival the previous autumn, it’s a portrait of Fela Kuti in transition. Not only was it recorded right between the break-up of his Africa 70 group and the formation of Egypt 80, it was the last album that Fela made with long-time drummer Tony Allen. 
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Fela Kuti
Army Arrangement

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti’s Army Arrangement album. Originally released in 1985, it examined the tribulations of Nigeria’s first statewide exercises in democracy in the aftermath of a decade of military rule. 
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Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
Underground System

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti’s Underground System album (also known as U.S.). Recorded with his Egypt 80 band and released in 1992, it was sadly the final album of new material in the Afrobeat legend’s lifetime. 
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Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers
Music of Many Colours

The King of Afrobeat beats the Godfather of Neo-Soul. Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers met in Nigeria in 1979 when Kuti asked Ayers to support him on tour. They clicked musically and personally so decided to record together. Music of Many Colours is the the resulting album, reissued by Knitting Factory Records.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight

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Fela Kuti
He Miss Road

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Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close

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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.
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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.
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Fela Kuti
Beasts Of No Nation

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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(!).
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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.
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Fela Kuti
ITT

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Fela Kuti
Upside Down

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti & The Africa '70
I Go Shout Plenty

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Fela Kuti and His Africa 70
Fela Fela Fela

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Fela Kuti
Sorrow Tears & Blood

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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.
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Fela Kuti
Se E Tun De / Waka Waka

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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.
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Fela Kuti
Fela With Ginger Baker Live!

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Fela Kuti
Expensive Shit / He Miss Road

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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.

Fela Kuti
Confusion

This classic Afrobeat LP houses merely a single eponymous piece, not much under half an hour long, that commences with an enigmatic kaleidoscopic face-off between Kuti on organ and Tony Allen on percussion. As the tune becomes increasingly fevered and groovesome,  our man FeKu channels the wild spirit of Lagos - Its multitude of accents, the gridlocked roads, the inadequate police force etc to highlight his fierce spirited passion and underlying frustrations regarding his amazing troubled home country, Nigeria.
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Fela Kuti
The Miss Road

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