Pioneering musician, activist, and bandleader Fela Kuti is the first word in Afro-beat, making such strides in the genre over the course of his career that his contributions are foundational and nothing less than legendary.
"No Bread" (also known as "Unnecessary Begging") comes at a formative time in Fela's massive discography, between two of his most championed releases, 1975's "Expensive Shit" and 1977's "Zombie". While "No Bread" was one of no less than five albums Kuti released in 1976, its use of wiry synthesizers intermingled with bright horns and energetic Afro-beat rhythms makes for a bedding of increasingly interesting sounds on top of which Fela lays down his sung-spoken political poetry lyrics.
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - No Bread (1976)
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