Fela Kuti was the James Brown of Africa and the creator of Afro-Beat. Fela was born in Nigeria in 1938. His impact on the music scene was unmistakable. His politically driving songs are so powerful. The lyrics spoke of the common troubles Africans faced. He wanted a better Africa, one where human rights were the focus and the freedom of democracy would reign supreme.
His sound is unmistakable, his voice powerful, his band, talented. You cannot help but be drawn in by the might and forcefulness found in his passionate singing. Many of his songs would go on for what seemed like hours, each brining you on a journey. Like the up swell of a wave, each song would rise and rise until it crested. It is at this point in which Fela would leash out with the prowess of commander in chief, taking on any subject he felt important to take on.
This song's prelude is close to 5 minutes. He cleverly starts in with only humming to set the melody. Once this is done he breaks into a call and response with the background singers. It's monotonous but captivating, building into something that will hit you over the head like a ton of bricks. That crash hits you at about 10 minutes with the whole band raising up to add the exclamation point to the song, which in turn closes it out leaving the message ringing in your head. Did I mention that I love the keyboards. They sound like they're coming from a Casio keyboard but man does it sound just right.