Fela Kuti / Fela Kuti & Africa 70

Excuse O

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By the mid-'70s, Kuti's albums had essentially become extended singles in the LP format, with two songs in the 10- to 15-minute range occupying entire sides of the release. The 13-minute "Excuse O" is the title side of this album. It's not much different than his usual excursions into Afro-funk-jazz fusion from the era, though at this point he was moving into rhythms that were more jittery and African-sounding than those he had used on many early-'70s efforts. "Mr. Grammarticalogylisationalism Is the Boss" is his bid for the "longest word used in a song title" contest. The novelty of that title aside, it's one of the better cuts from his mid-'70s discography, with remarkably spooky, effective organ, a slow ominous groove, and a blunt critique of Africa's educational system. .

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