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Playlist of Fela Kuti

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    Fela Kuti - Water no get enemy

    9:54

    The Best of the Black President

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    Fela Kuti- Golden Collection

    53:17

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    The best of Fela Kuti mix by DJ Ras Sjamaan

    1:14:02

    The best of Fela Kuti

    Tracklist:
    Water No Get Enemy, Mr Follow Follow, Observation Is No Crime, Kalakutashow, Excuse O, Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake AM

    Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.

    The musical style of Felá is called afrobeat, a style he largely created, which is a complex fusion of Jazz, Funk, Ghanaian/Nigerian High-life, psychedelic rock, and traditional West African chants and rhythms. Afrobeat also borrows heavily from the native tinker pan African-style percussion that Kuti acquired while studying in Ghana with Hugh Masekela, under the uncanny Hedzoleh Soundz. The importance of the input of Tony Allen (Fela's drummer of twenty years) in the creation of Afrobeat cannot be overstated. Fela once famously stated that without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.

    Afrobeat is characterized by a fairly large band with many instruments, vocals, and a musical structure featuring jazzy, funky horn sections. A riff-based endless groove is used, in which a base rhythm of drums, shekere, muted West African-style guitar, and melodic bass guitar riffs are repeated throughout the song. Commonly, interlocking melodic riffs and rhythms are introduced one by one, building the groove bit-by-bit and layer-by-layer. The horn section then becomes prominent, introducing other riffs and main melodic themes.

    Fela's band was notable for featuring two baritone saxophones, whereas most groups were using only one of this instrument. This is a common technique in African and African-influenced musical styles, and can be seen in Funk and Hip hop. Fela's bands at times even performed with two bassists at the same time both playing interlocking melodies and rhythms. There were always two or more guitarists. The electric West African style guitar in Afrobeat bands are paramount, but are used to give basic structure, playing a repeating chordal/melodic statement, riff, or groove.

    Some elements often present in Fela's music are the call-and-response within the chorus and figurative but simple lyrics. Fela's songs were also very long, at least 10–15 minutes in length, and many reaching the 20 or even 30 minutes, while some unreleased tracks would last up to 45 minutes when performed live. This was one of many reasons that his music never reached a substantial degree of popularity outside Africa. His LP records frequently had one 30-minute track per side. Typically there is an instrumental introduction jam part of the song, perhaps 10–15 minutes long, before Fela starts singing the main part of the song, featuring his lyrics and singing, in which the song continues for another 10–15 minutes. Therefore, on some recordings one may see his songs divided into two parts, Part 1 (instrumental) followed by the rest, Part 2.

    His songs were mostly sung in Nigerian pidgin English, although he also performed a few songs in the Yoruba language. Fela's main instruments were the saxophone and the keyboards, but he also played the trumpet, electric guitar, and took the occasional drum solo. Fela refused to perform songs again after he had already recorded them, which also hindered his popularity outside Africa.

    Fela was known for his showmanship, and his concerts were often quite outlandish and wild. He referred to his stage act as the Underground Spiritual Game. Fela attempted making a movie but lost all the materials to the fire that was set to his house by the military government in power. Kuti thought that art, and thus his own music, should have political meaning.

    It is of note that as Fela's musical career developed, so too did his political influence, not only in his home country of Nigeria, not just throughout Africa, but throughout the world. As his political influence grew, the religious aspect of his musical approach grew. Fela was a part of an Afro-Centric consciousness movement that was founded on and delivered through his music. Fela, in an interview found in Hank Bordowitz's Noise of the World, states, Music is supposed to have an effect. If you're playing music and people don't feel something, you're not doing shit. That's what African music is about. When you hear something, you must move. I want to move people to dance, but also to think. Music wants to dictate a better life, against a bad life. When you're listening to something that depicts having a better life, and you're not having a better life, it must have an effect on you.

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    Fela Kuti - Zombie

    12:32

    Zombie (1976) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Zombie (CD release 2001)
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    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti - Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense

    1:18:56

    Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense LP (1986) Fela Kuti
    Songs include - Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (Part 1 & 2) / Look And Laugh (Part 1 & 2) / Just like That



    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti - Lady

    13:49

    Lady (1972) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Shakara (CD release 1997)
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    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    #fela #kuti #felakuti #afrobeat #Nigeria #lady

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    FELA KUTI- Interview 1988

    19:18

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    Fela Kuti - Pansa Pansa

    17:20

    Pansa Pansa (1992) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Underground System


    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Egypt 80, Live at the Zenith, Paris in 1984

    4:16

    Previously unreleased footage, live at the Zenith, Paris in 1984.
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    Fela Kuti - Shakara

    13:26

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    Fela Kuti - Beasts of No Nation

    28:21


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    Fela Kuti- The Greatest Hits

    50:28

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    Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 Arsenal TV3 Catalonian TV 1987-08-04

    36:02

    Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
    Arsenal TV3 Catalonian TV 08.4 1987
    Rebroadcast 08.10.2008 Turmix Classic

    Interview with Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in which he spoke about the role of women in African culture, marriage, the politics of his country, his stays in prison and on africa and the message of Africa. The interview is intertwined with images of a concert with his band Egypt 80.

    Running time: 36mins. approx.

    Video: PAL MPEG2, 25 fps, 720x576 (4:3)
    Audio: MPGE1 Audio Layer II,4800 Hz,Stereo,192 Kb/s

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    AFRICA 70 - Lets Start Fela Kuti, Africa 70 & Ginger Baker

    7:52

    Buy This Album
    Originally recorded in 1971 and 1978 by Fela Kuti’s band, Africa 70, with the addition of former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, this album contains 4 songs plus a bonus track 16-minute drum duet between Baker and Africa 70’s drummer Tony Allen recorded at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival.
    Let’s Start: ‘Let us start what we’ve come into the room to do’ is telling it as it is — graphic explicit sex. Sung in Yoruba with some broken English explanations, Fela calls on his partner in the room to get on with it, ‘don’t play the innocent…let’s start! Take off your clothes! Let’s start!’. The recording has Ginger Baker, of the former English pop group ‘Cream’ playing live as guest drummer on some tracks like Let’s Start, in place of Tony Allen, the regular drum player in Fela’s Africa 70 band. The Album titled ‘Live with Ginger Baker’ was recorded in the sixteen track mobile studio Ginger Baker sold to Polygram Nigeria in 1976.
    Black Man’s Cry: Black man’s cry is about identity. ‘I am black and proud’ Fela sings in Yoruba, ‘Who says Black is not beautiful! Bring that person out, let me see!’ — he challenges, ‘There is nothing as beautiful as the black skin! Look at me! Look at me very well! There is nothing as beautiful as the black skin! Look at me very well!’. It is a song to rid the black mind of inferiority complex, particularly Africans who use chemical products to bleach their skin, or Africans who feel inferior to the White folks.
    Ye Ye De Smell: Ye ye de smell is about people getting what they deserve-reaping what you sow. If you flirt with another person’s wife, you shouldn’t feel bad if people do the same to you. Literally meaning: bullshit stinks. It implies that if you give people bullshit, you should not be surprised if you get the same back from others.
    Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die): “Egbe Me” in Yoruba language means: Carry me. In this song, Fela is singing about the different kinds of things that happen to you while you dance. How could you go into trance while dancing? How in a state of musical trance, the traditional beads women wear under their skirts break without the woman noticing. How a man’s hat would fall of his head while dancing without him noticing. All kinds of things happen to you doing the dance — but you are not alone! ‘…be ke iwo nikan ko’. Fela ends this track with a general chorus calling everybody together with the band: Egbe Mi O!
    - Mabinuori Kayode Idowu

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    Fela Kuti and Afrika 70 - Zombie FULL ALBUM

    53:37

    Funk-infused political statement. Afrobeat.

    Artist: Fela and Afrika '70
    Album: Zombie
    Label: Coconut
    Year: 1976

    Tracklist:
    0:00 Zombie
    12:26 Mister Follow Follow
    25:24 Observation is no Crime
    38:50 Mistake

    Personnel:

    Composed, arranged and produced by Fela Anikulapo Kuti
    Lyrics by Wole Kuboye
    Artwork by Gharikwu Lemi

    Fela Anikulapo Kuti - vocals, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, piano
    Lekan Animashaun - baritone saxophone
    Nwokoma Ukem - trumpet
    Tunde Williams - trumpet

    B. Osuhor - voclas
    F. Oladeinde - vocals
    F. Oladejo - vocals
    K. Oghomienor - vocals
    O. Osaeti - vocals
    R. Edasow - vocals
    S. Komolafe - vocals
    T. Adebiyi - vocals

    Okalue Ojeah - guitar
    Oghene Kologbo - tenor guitar
    Nweke Atifoh - bass guitar
    Ladi Tony Allen Alabi - drums

    Ayoola Abayomi - claves
    Babajide Olaleye - maracas
    Addo Nettey - congas
    Olandeinde Koffi - congas
    Shina Abiodun - congas

    Tracks 3 and 4 recorded live at The Berlin Jazz Festival (1978)


    Support the artist if you like the music. I do not own any of the songs.

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    FELA KUTI live! - Dont Gag Me - Je nwi Temi

    8:23

    This tune, Don't Gag Me - Je nwi Temi showcases the fabulous Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 saxophonist, IGO CHICO directing dance floor traffic with his horn in a performance filmed by the great Cream drummer, Ginger Baker & his crew during his visit to Nigeria in 1971 by road across the Sahara.

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    Beng Beng Beng - Femi Kuti

    3:21

    Music video of Beng Beng Beng (or Bang Bang Bang to some).

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    FELA KUTI. Roforofo fight track. Pansa pansa video 1978

    2:20

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    Newen Afrobeat feat. Seun Kuti & Cheick Tidiane Seck - Opposite People

    13:50

    Luego de haber participado en el festival Felabration 2015, que se lleva a cabo en Lagos, Nigeria, y haber compartido con la familia Kuti, Newen Afrobeat se reencuentra con Seun en Chile en febrero del 2016, bajo el marco del festival Womad.
    Durante esos días se grabó esta sesión en La Makinita, interpretando una energética versión del tema Opposite People, con la colaboración de Cheick Tidiane Seck y algunos músicos de la legendaria banda Egypt 80.

    After participating in the 2015 Felabration festival, which is held in Lagos, Nigeria, and have shared with the Kuti family, Newen Afrobeat meets Seun in Chile, in February 2016, under the Womad festival.
    This session was recorded during those days in La Makinita, playing an energetic version of the song Opposite People, with the collaboration of Cheick Tidiane and some musicians from the legendary Egypt 80 band.

    FEATURED GUESTS
    Seun Kuti - Lead Vocals
    Cheick Tidiane Seck - Keyboards

    NEWEN AFROBEAT
    Francisca Riquelme - Backing vocals
    Francisca Castro - Backing vocals
    Macarena Rozic - Backing vocals
    Enrique Camhi - Trumpet
    Mauricio Sánchez - Trumpet
    Klaus Brantmayer - Alto sax
    Marcelo Morales - Tenor sax
    Cristóbal Dahm - Baritone sax
    Martín Concha - Electric guitar
    Sebastián Crooker - Electric guitar
    Alvaro Quintas - Bass
    Tomás Pavez - Percussions
    Alejandro 'El Galita' Orellana - Congas
    Roberto Gevert - Drums
    special Feat.
    Felipe 'Mr F' Echavarría - Keyboards

    EGYPT 80 FEAT.
    Okon Iyamba - Shekere
    Oladimeji Akinyele - Trumpet
    Samuel Ojo David - Tenor saxophone
    Adebowale Adewunmi - Baritone saxophone

    Recorded by Pablo Reyes on Estudios La Makinita, February 2016, Santiago de Chile
    Mixed by Álvaro Villalobos
    Produced by La Makinita and Lichens Family
    With the collaboration of and Womad Chile


    Registro Audiovisual - Malas Juntas
    Producción: La Makinita
    Realizador audiovisual: Camilo Carrasco Z.
    Cámara: Camilo Carrasco Z, Daniela Miranda, Alonso Carrasco
    Edición: Camilo Carrasco Z.

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    Fela Kuti - Yellow Fever

    15:23

    Yellow Fever (1976) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Yellow Fever (CD release 1997)


    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti - I.T.T.

    13:43

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    Fela Kuti - Shuffering and Shmiling

    21:36

    Suffer suffer for world....enjoy for heaven!

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    Trouble Sleep; Yanga Wake Am - Fela Kuti

    10:40

    Trouble Sleep; Yanga Wake Am - Baaba Maal and Taj Mahal (featuring Kaouding Cissoko)

    Red Hot + Riot (a.k.a. Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti) is the fourteenth in a series of music compilation projects from the Red Hot Organization to be used as a fundraising tool for AIDS awareness efforts. The album, which takes inspiration from the late Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, was released by MCA on October 15, 2002 and featured more than three dozen artists on a score of tracks.

    You can find the lyrics to the song and meanings too on this site:

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    Fela Kuti - Gentleman

    14:42


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    Fela Kuti - Fear Not For Man

    4:49

    Fela Kuti - Fear Not For Man

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    Fela Kuti & De La Soul - Fela Soul Instrumentals HD

    37:44

    What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original. 

    Download the full album here:


    Download the instrumentals here:


    Subscribe on Bandcamp for exclusives remixes, b-sides, sample packs, and more:

    Buy Fela Soul T-shirts, hoodies, etc here:

    Tracklist:

    01. Stakes Is High [Instrumental] 0:00
    02. Trouble In The Water [Instrumental] 5:48
    03. Oooh feat. Redman [Instrumental] 10:32
    04. Roc Co.Kane Flow feat. MF DOOM [Instrumental] 14:35
    05. Itzsoweezee [Instrumental] 17:00
    06. Interlude [Instrumental] 20:55
    07. Much More feat. Yummy Bingham [Instrumental] 21:19
    08. Breakadawn [Instrumental] 25:00
    09. Feel Good Inc. feat. The Gorillaz [Instrumental] 28:37
    10. Still Ego Trippin’ (Bonus Track) [Instrumental] 33:51

    Produced by Amerigo Gazaway
    Soul Mates 2011

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    Fela Kuti - Yellow Fever

    15:24

    Different different fever na him dey
    Different different fever na him dey
    Different different fever na him dey
    Different different fever na him dey

    Malaria fever nko? (e dey!)
    Jaundice fever nko? (e dey!)
    Hay fever nko? (e dey!)
    Influenza fever nko? (e dey!)
    Inflation fever nko? (e dey!)
    Freedom fever nko? (e dey!)
    Yellow fever nko? (e dey!)

    [Chorus]
    Na him dey bring the matter now e dey!

    Yellow fever nko? (ee dey!)

    [Chorus]
    Na him dey bring the matter now e dey!

    say tell them make them hear (You say!)
    All fever na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)
    Hay fever na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)
    Malaria na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)
    Jaundice na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)
    Influenza na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)
    Inflation na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)
    Freedom na sickness (You say!)
    Original sickness (You say!)

    Yellow fever nko? (You say!)

    [Chorus]
    Original and artificial e dey!

    Yellow fever nko? (You say!)
    One more...

    [Chorus]
    Original and artificial e dey!

    Bom bom bom, tell me now...

    Original catch you
    Your eye go yellow
    Your yansh go yellow
    Your face go yellow
    Your body go weak
    I say but later if you no die inside
    The yellow go fade away

    Artificial catch you
    You be man or woman
    Na you go catch am yourself
    Na your money go do am for you
    You go yellow pass yellow
    You go catch moustache for face
    You go get your double colour
    Your yansh go black like coal
    You self go think say you dey fine
    Who say you fine?

    [Chorus]
    Na lie, you no fine at all!
    At all, na lie!

    My sister, who say you fine?

    [Chorus]
    Na lie, you no fine at all!
    At all, na lie!

    Yellow fever

    [Chorus]
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach!


    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    African mother
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    Sissi wey dey go
    Yellow fever
    Stupid thing
    Yeye thing
    Fucking thing
    Ugly thing
    Yellow fever
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    African mother
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    Sissi wey dey go
    Yellow fever

    Now to the underground spiritual game
    Underground where dey down for school
    Over there for school, yes

    Where dey go say: teacher
    Oya!

    [Chorus]
    Teacher!

    Who steal my bleaching?
    My precious bleaching?
    I buy am for shopping
    For forty naira
    How I go yellow?
    How I go fine now?
    I go die o
    I go die o
    I go die o

    According to complaint
    Complaint must get answer
    I beg please, help me help teacher
    Oya, foolish
    Oya!

    [Chorus]
    Foolish!

    Who steal your bleaching?
    Your precious bleaching?
    You buy am for shopping
    For forty naira
    You self wan yellow
    How you go fine now?
    Your face go yellow
    Your yansh go black
    Your mustache go show
    Your skin go scatter
    You go die o
    You go die o
    You go die o
    You go die o

    [Chorus]
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach!

    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    African mother
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    Sissi wey dey go
    Yellow fever
    Stupid thing
    Yeye thing
    Fucking thing
    Ugly thing
    Yellow fever
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    African mother
    You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
    Sissi wey dey go
    Yellow fever

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    Fela Kuti - International Thief Thief

    24:04

    Fela Kuti - International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (1979) Fela Kuti
    From the LP I.T.T. (CD release 1997)


    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense Live at Glastonbury Festival 1984

    34:30

    Afrobeat legend performing his hit Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense live!

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    Kiala & The Afroblaster LIVE IN PARIS - TRIBUTE TO FELA KUTI

    40:00

    Contact booking & Management : booking@turnagainmusic.com

    Line-up :
    Julien Tekeyan : Drums, percussions
    Swaeli Mbappe : bass
    Cedric Ricard : Saxophon
    Brice Moscardini : Trumpet
    Romain Berguin : Keyboards
    Kiala Nzavotunga : Guitar and lead vocals

    Extrait de ‘Kiala – Afrobeat is a Black Beat : A Biography’ By Andy Morgan - (Translated into french by Saby).

    L'Afrobeat est un pur son noir ... Si vous écoutez du funk, de la soul ou du reggae, ce sont là les sons Africains que je joue, tout cela c'est de l'Afrobeat.
    Kiala doit le savoir : Ses soixante ans sur cette terre (de Kinshasa à Lagos avec Fela, de Ghettoblaster en Europe, au Japon et bien plus) ont été une odyssée de riffs et de rêves, d'opportunités et de déceptions, écumant les scènes tout en restant fidèle à ses racines africaines.
    Il poursuit maintenant une autre voie avec The Afroblaster et leur tout nouvel album « Money ». La griffe est peut être différente, mais les sonorités sont, comme elles l'ont toujours été, noires-africaines, un Afrobeat, mixé, ayant mûri, vintage et authentique.

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    Fela Kuti - I. T. T.

    24:03

    Lyrics:

    International thief thief, I.T.T.
    International thief, I.T.T.
    International rogue
    Well, well, ha
    Well, well, ha

    Motherfuckers
    Bastard motherfuckers
    We yab dem, yeah
    Hurry up there, say, Yeah

    Well, well

    Well, well, na true I want talk again o
    Na true I want talk again o
    If I dey lie o
    Make Osiris punish me

    Make Ifa dey punish me o
    Make Edumare punish me o
    Make the land dey punish me o
    Make Edumare punish me o

    I read dem for book ee-o
    I see so myself ee-o
    Well-ee well-ee o
    Well, well, well, well

    Well, well, well, well
    Long time ago
    Long, long time ago
    Long time ago

    Long, long, long, long time ago
    African man we no dey carry shit
    We dey shit inside big big hole

    For Yoruba-land na Shalanga
    For Igbo-land na Onunu-insi
    For Hausa-land na Saluga
    For Gaa-land na Tiafi

    For Ashanti-land na Yarni
    For Ethiopia-land na Sagara-bet
    For Kagyu-land na Cho-Cho
    For Bemba-land na Chimbuzi
    For Tunga-land na Echibuzi

    Long, long, long, long time ago
    African man we no dey carry shit
    We dey shit inside big big hole

    Long time ago
    Long, long, long, long time ago
    Long, long, long, long time ago

    Before them come force us away as slaves
    During the time them come force us away as slaves
    Na European man, na him dey carry shit
    Na for them culture to carry shit

    During the time them come colonize us
    Them come teach us to carry shit
    Long, long, long, long time ago
    African man we no dey carry shit
    Na European man teach us to carry shit

    Say am, say am

    Many foreign companies dey Africa carry all our money go
    Many foreign companies dey Africa carry all our money go
    Them go write big English for newspaper, dabaru we Africans
    Them go write big English for newspaper, dabaru we Africans

    I read about one of them inside book like that
    Them call him name na I.T.T.
    I read about one of them inside book like that
    Them call him name na I.T.T.

    Them go dey cause confusion
    (Confusion)
    Cause corruption
    (Corruption)
    Cause oppression
    (Oppression)
    Cause inflation
    (Inflation)

    Oppression, oppression, inflation
    Corruption, oppression, inflation

    Them get one style wey them dey use
    Them go pick one African man
    A man with low mentality
    Them go give am million naira breads

    To become of high position here
    Him go bribe some thousand naira bread
    To become one useless chief

    Like rat they do them go do from
    Corner corner, pass-ee pass-ee
    Under under, pass-ee pass-ee
    Inside inside, pass-ee pass-ee

    In in, pass-ee pass-ee
    Out out, pass-ee pass-ee
    Peep peep, pass-ee pass-ee
    Up up, pass-ee pass-ee

    Then he gradually, gradually, gradually, gradually
    Then he gradually, gradually, gradually, gradually

    Them go be, friend friend to journalist
    Friend friend to Commissioner
    Friend friend to Permanent Secretary
    Friend friend to Minister
    Friend friend to Head of State

    Then start start to steal money
    Start start them corruption
    Start start them inflation
    Start start them oppression

    Start start them confusion
    Start start them oppression
    Start start to steal money
    Start start to steal money
    Like Obasanjo and Abiola

    International thief thief
    I.T.T.
    International rogue
    International thief
    We go fight them, well, well
    Well, well
    Well, well

    We don tire to carry anymore of them shit
    We don tire to carry anymore of them shit
    We don tire to carry anymore of them shit

    Well, well
    International thief thief

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    Sir Paul McCartney - Thoughts On Fela

    3:40

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    This is part of a series of videos presenting the salutations of celebrities on the occasion of what would have been Fela's 75th birthday. Also on this day, 15th October, Knitting Factory Records are releasing Red Hot + Fela, a compilation album featuring interpretations of Fela songs by a raft of top drawer artists. All profits from this album go towards combatting AIDS.

    Paul McCartney describes meeting Fela, his visit to the Shrine and his favourite Fela song.

    Red Hot is an AIDS awareness organisation currently partnering with Knitting Factory Records to present a collection of cross-genre collaborations representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for an album release of Fela Kuti compositions, 'RED HOT + FELA' (Knitting Factory, 15 October 2013). The release includes classic Fela anthems like Lady recorded by tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove (The Roots), Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naru, Zombie recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex and Frown, Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am recorded by My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus (from tUnE-yArDs), and Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) and Sorrow, Tears & Blood reworked by the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe.

    Red Hot + Fela now available on iTunes and Amazon, also on CD and Vinyl.

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    Shuffering and Shmiling - Fela Kuti

    9:57

    Instrumental version of the song Shuffering and Shmiling from the album of the same name

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    Fela Kuti - Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense

    25:49


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    Fela Kuti - Sorrow Tears & Blood

    16:59

    'Sorrow Tears & Blood' will be available on 12 exclusively for Record Store Day April 20 2013
    The Best of the Black President 2 available now:
    Fela's entire back catalogue repackaged and remastered, also available now:



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    Fela Kuti Documentary 5

    9:35

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    Fela Kuti - Army Arrangement

    30:00




    Playlist:

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    Fela Kuti - Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake AM

    12:06

    Title: Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake AM
    Artist: Fela Kuti
    Album: Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles
    Label: Wrasse
    CD Release: 2001
    (Roforofo Fight album originally released in 1972)



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    Fela Kuti - Original Sufferhead

    21:11

    Original Sufferhead (1981) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Original Sufferhead (CD release 1999)


    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Escena Viva: Newen Afrobeat - Zombie Fela Kuti

    15:29

    Newen Afrobeat para Escena Viva 94.5 FM, desde el Aula Magna de la Universidad de Santiago.

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    Fela Kuti - Sorrow Tears & Blood

    4:49

    The Official Fela Kuti Website ►
    Subscribe ► & Everybody say Yeah Yeah

    'Sorrow Tears & Blood' will be available on 12 exclusively for Record Store Day April 20 2013
    The Best of the Black President 2 available now:
    Fela's entire back catalogue repackaged and remastered, also available now:



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    Fela Kuti

    28:38

    I would like to acknowledge that this video is part of a much longer concert that was shot at Captain video in Paris in 1981 and David Niles was the director and editor, Captain video was also his venue/studio.
    Fela Kuti & Africa 70, Instrumental & 'Movement of the People', live in Paris, 1981
    I claim no ownership of any of the audio or video presented here.
    COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright law that might otherwise be infringing. Please support your favourite artists by buying their creative works through official outlets wherever possible.

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    Fela Kuti - Live! - Full Album

    1:1:46

    1) Let's Start
    2) Black man's Cry
    3) Ye Ye de Smell
    4) Egbe mi O
    5) Ginger Baker and Tony Allen drum solo

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    Fela Kuti - Open and Close

    36:50

    Open and Close (LP) (1971) Fela Kuti
    Songs includes: Open And Close/ Suegbe And Pako / Gbagada Gbogodo
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    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti - Gentleman

    11:00

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    Fela Kuti - I No Get Eye For Back

    11:25

    I No Get Eye For Back (1974) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Alagbon Close (CD release 1997)


    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti - Power Show

    14:50

    Power Show (1981) Fela Kuti
    From the LP Original Sufferhead (CD release 2000)


    This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May.

    The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website ( along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

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    Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit FULL ALBUM

    24:15

    Copyright 1975 Soundworkshops.

    0:00 Expensive Shit
    13:13 Water No Get Enemy

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    Fela Kuti - Medley

    4:28

    Fela Kuti medley of traditional African dance.

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    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Egypt 80 - Beasts Of No Nation, Live at the Zenith, Paris in 1984

    5:30

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    Previously unreleased footage, live at the Zenith, Paris in 1984.
    The Best of the Black President 2 available now:
    Fela's entire back catalogue repackaged and remastered, also available now:

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