Music is the weapon. The previous ten or so years have witnessed a western appreciation of Fela Kuti that would have seemed implausible just a decade prior. From the Broadway results of the Fela! musical, to the ongoing celebrity-endorsed reissue series, Kuti’s music, and (with it) message have reached a far broader audience than ever accomplished in the course of the Nigerian musician’s personal lifetime. The ease and access of digital music certainly comes into play, right here.
In Kuti’s case, these solutions have proved an outstanding/effective suggests to survey the Afrobeat pioneer’s vast, expansive catalog. For instance, take “Unknown Soldier (Pt. 1 & two)”. A sonic manifesto that comprised the entirety of each of its vinyl sides upon the original 1979 release, the record is an absolute monster. And extremely really hard to obtain. It curiously remains a single of the handful of titles that have but to see a physical reissue. No matter — get lost through the digital ether, below…
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Vital Viewing: Fela Kuti :: Music Is The Weapon (Documentary, 1982)