Fela Kuti

King of Afrobeat: The Anthology

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Nigeria's Fela Kuti is difficult to anthologize, since his groundbreaking Afro-beat fusion of funk, bebop, and James Brown seldom led to tunes clocking in at less than ten minutes, and they usually ran much longer. As a case in point, this three-disc box set has only 16 tracks, but don't fret, the circular, urgent path of this exciting music pulls you in to Fela's world, where time moves according to his recipe. Novice listeners should probably pick up The Best Best of Fela Kuti double-disc first, but this set makes a good second purchase, since there is little overlap between the two collections. King of Afrobeat includes a 36- page booklet and extensive liner notes by David Toop.

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