Thursday 19 August 2010

Fela Kuti & Ginger Baker - Live (1970)

Fela Kuti had a strong political awareness
running through his work but he never lost
sight of the power of his music to accompany
his message.

Heavy afro-funk rhythms pound relentless
tunes with horn heavy riffs, fat bass lines and
his keyboard stabs, overlaid with his voice which
is raw with soul power.

As tight as anything James Brown had done,
Ginger Baker guested on this album and
considering the band he had just left, showed
lots of restraint. More importantly, his name
helped to bring this to a wider western audience.

It must of worked because my old man had this
and used to drunkenly crank it up!

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