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Fela Kuti

Shakara / London Scene

Knitting Factory


Released: 4th Mar 2013


incredible, politically charged, funky cuts from the founding father of afrobeat & his expansive band of singers, dancers & players.

performed in english, 'lady' finds kuti criticising modern african women in a humorous way for becoming what he sees as overly westernised & embracing a western view of feminism. you might agree or disagree with the song's viewpoint, but the groove & the beat are irresistible. equally addictive, & equally sarcastic, is 'shakara (oloje)', which is sung in both yoruba & english & makes fun of the type of pompous, loud-mouthed braggarts who can never make good on their empty boasts. on the 5 awesome tracks that make 'london scene' his afrobeat sound is more complex & jazzy than on the '69 los angeles sessions. at over 13 minutes 'j'ehin j'ehin' cuts a wicked groove for its entire length pushed by the horn section & tony allen's superlative drumming. 'buy africa' is an anti-colonial rant worthy of the last poets, & 'fight to finish' very simply kicks out the jams.

Shakara / London Scene