Confusion / Gentleman
incredible, politically charged, funky cuts from the founding father of afrobeat & his expansive band of singers, dancers & players.
'confusion' begins with an unusual free jazz interplay between fela on organ & drummer tony allen that has the presence of ‘2001: a space odyssey’ in its omnipresent drama. then the group falls into a lengthily mid-tempo afro funk that plays with a sureness that only comes from skilled musicians & a dictator-like leader, commenting here on the lack of post-colonial infrastructure in urban nigeria. 'gentleman' is one of fela's most hilarious & scathing jibes, about africans who adopted colonial values, focusing in particular on the impracticality of western clothes in african heat. it gets rolling with a loose improvisatory solo saxophone performance that tony allen eventually pats along with before the entire band drops in with classic afrobeat magnificence.