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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