Playing tracks by
Fela Ransome-Kuti and Nigeria 70, Fela Ransome-Kuti and His Koola Lobitos, Fela Ransome-Kuti and His Africa 70 and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and His Africa 70.
This show was 18th in the global afrobeat chart.
Early Fela, the era of the 7" introduced a time constraint that made him edit his compositions, making them more direct. He preferred a more organic build-up; symphonic and polyphonic. He very quickly stopped recording singles and short songs...
Fela's contribution to the history of Nigeria cannot be over-elaborated. He was the unwavering voice, the fearless warrior, the lone traveller, a man of many sorrows, burdened by the weight of our history, our conscience, weights of the common man. He refused to shuffer and shmile.
I took the picture at the Elysée Montmatre during his last European tour around 1993.