10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fela and his Nigeria '70 band were broke and on the verge of deportation when they recorded this album that built a bridge between funk and the mature Afrobeat style the multi-instrumentalist would soon perfect. Tony Allen's simmering drums and the percolating guitars of "Funky Horn" reflect the bandleader's infatuation with James Brown. Fela plays as much trumpet as saxophone on jazzier tunes like "Obe" and "Witchcraft." And his spoken call for national unity in "Viva Nigeria" hints at the radical politics he'd absorbed from the woman celebrated in the defiant "My Lady Frustration."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fela and his Nigeria '70 band were broke and on the verge of deportation when they recorded this album that built a bridge between funk and the mature Afrobeat style the multi-instrumentalist would soon perfect. Tony Allen's simmering drums and the percolating guitars of "Funky Horn" reflect the bandleader's infatuation with James Brown. Fela plays as much trumpet as saxophone on jazzier tunes like "Obe" and "Witchcraft." And his spoken call for national unity in "Viva Nigeria" hints at the radical politics he'd absorbed from the woman celebrated in the defiant "My Lady Frustration."

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