Expensive Shit / He Miss Road
incredible, politically charged, funky cuts from the founding father of afrobeat & his expansive band of singers, dancers & players.
'expensive shit' is an overt response to the consistent harassment afflicting fela kuti's kalakuta republic in the early '70s under the oppressive lagos authorities, a direct reference to an actual incident that occurred in which the cops planted a joint on kuti who promptly swallowed it & therefore destroyed any evidence. musically, the afro-funk & tribal rhythms that kuti & his africa '70 put down can rightfully be compared to that of james brown or even a george clinton-esque vibe. the beats are infectious with a hint of latin influence, making the music nearly impossible to keep from moving to. 'he miss road' was produced by none other than ginger baker, who was a semi-regular jamming partner of fela kuti's as well as a close friend. the track is wild, cosmic & deeply saturated in funk a la james brown.