Kuti, Fela / Best Of The Black President, The
Album: Best Of The Black President, The   Collection:World
Artist:Kuti, Fela   Added:Nov 2009
Label:Knitting Factory, the  

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Add Date: 2009-12-06 Pull Date: 2010-02-07 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Feb 7 Jan 31 Jan 10 Jan 3 Dec 27 Dec 20 Dec 13
Airplays: 1 2 2 4 1 5 4

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Album Review
Don Farrell
Reviewed 2009-12-07
2 CDs 13 of his most famous tracks

Afrobeat by the father of Afrobeat. Knitting Factory records will re release all 45 albums of Fela's recordings on both CDs & vinyl. This cd features recordings with Nigerian 70, Africa 70 and Egypt 80. Coincides with FELA! The Musical on Broadway,
a Bill T Jones produced show. Afrobeat is African Highlife, Jazz, James Brown Funk, Latin and a Fela touch to make a powerful sound with potent lyrics about everyday life in Nigeria, the military, religion, international corporations & politics. GREAT notes on Fela's life by friend Rikki Stein in the booklet. all tracks are GREAT. #5 "Zombie" a must play. When he played this the Nigerian government sent a thousand soldiers to burn down his compound.

1: 13:48 mid tempo locked groove, keyboard, funk guitar noodling, brass, male vocals at 6 min. some female chorus call & response
2: 13:27 a 2nd half. mid faster locked groove, keyboard, funk guitar noodling, brass, wailing sax, male vocals at 6:30, fem chorus great locked chang-a-lang funk guitar groove
3: 11:02 an EDIT. wailing sax noodling intro, 2:30 mid tempo rhythm kicks in, vocals at 4:40
4: 9:52 an EDIT. mid to faster, mellow groove
5: 12:26 fast locked groove, sax, guitar, bass, vocal & chorus
6: 10:16 mid tempo groove. great lyrics, chorus.
7: 7:53 a 2nd half. instrumental mid tempo groove, great sax.

1: 15:41 fast locked rhythm groove, Great funk sax wailing/groove, locked high energy groove, scat/wail fast vocals
2: 12:25 a 2nd half. fast locked groove, Fela speaks, very cool call & response chorus groove, brass, keyboard. WOW!
3: 13:25 a 2nd half. mid tempo, call & response chorus groove,
4: 13:40 a 2nd half. fast, call & response chorus groove, indestructible locked rhythm. faster vocals, keyboard groove on.
5: 17:02 a 2nd half. mid tempo, vocals, great building pounding rhythm, vocal/spoken word groove, chorus, keyboard groove on
6: 6:55 an EDIT. fast call & response chorus groove, locked fast rhythm.
D  Farrell 12/2009

Track Listing
1. Lady   7. No Agreement
2. Shakara   8. Roforofo Fight
3. Gentleman   9. Suffering And Smiling
4. Water No Get Enemy   10. Coffin For Head Of State
5. Zombie   11. I T T
6. Sorrow Tears And Blood   12. Army Arrangement
  13. O D D O