Sonntag, 21. Juli 2019

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Zombie

"Zombie" was the most popular and impacting record that Fela Kuti & Africa 70 would record -- it ignited the nation to follow Fela's lead and antagonize the military zombies that had the population by the throat. 

Fela is direct and humorous in his attack as he barks out commands to the soldiers like: "Attention! Double up! Fall In! Fall out! Fall down! Get ready!" Meanwhile, his choir responds with "Zombie!" in between each statement. Since the groove was so absolutely contagious, it took the nation by storm: People in the street would put on a blank stare and walk with hands affront proclaiming "Zombie!" whenever they would see soldiers. If "Zombie" caught the attention of the populous it also cought the attention of the authority figures -- this would cause devastating personal and professional effects as the Nigerian government came down on him with absolute brute force not long after the release of this record. This is still an essential disc to own for the title track alone.


1. Zombie
2. Mr Follow Follow

(320 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Issa hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for sharing this gem from 1976! A great album against military power ruling Nigeria and many african countries in the seventies... Great!
All the best and great thanks for sharing with us so many Fela's music on this amazing blog

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for your feedback. Glad you are interested in that wonderful and politically important music. Best wishes!

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