Sonntag, 26. Juni 2022

Fela Kuti - Unknown Soldier (1979)

"Unknown Soldier" is an album by Nigerian Afrobeat composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti, recorded in 1979 and originally released on the Nigerian Skylark label.

This masterpiece was a pivotal accomplishment for Kuti, as it solidified his rise from mere social commentator to fiercely determined cultural leader. Recorded after the brutal raid of his Kalaluta compound and the consequent death of his mother, it comprises one of the most personal statements Kuti ever made.

An epic 31-minute tribute to his fallen mother, "Unknown Soldier" is one of the most ambitious recordings of Kuti's career which describes in frightening detail the events that transpired on the eve of the Kalakuta raid, including the rape of several women, beatings, mutilation, and the throwing of his mother ("the Mother of Nigeria") out of a window. The official police report after the raid blamed the attack on "unknown soldiers," and in response to this fantastic cover-up, Kuti gives a tortured, powerful performance of some of his most vivid and incendiary music -- music that was in many ways the ideological equal of the physical torture that Kuti and his company had endured.

01. "Unknown Soldier" (Instrumental) – 14:45
02. "Unknown Soldier" (Vocal) – 16:23

(192 kbps, cover art included)

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