Fela Kuti

The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

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Even before his death in 1997, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was the stuff of legend as the creator of Afro-beat, and as a fierce political activist, outlaw, and outspoken voice for the oppressed not only in his native Nigeria, but throughout Africa. Though harassed, beaten, tortured, and imprisoned by his own country's oppressive military dictatorship, he could not be broken. Like Bob Marley's, Kuti's name has been synonymous with liberation. Since his passing he has even become the subject of a Broadway musical that bears his name and tours internationally. He is a bona fide folk hero. That said, it's his music that not only survives his legend, but is the largest part of what perpetuates it. In its salacious, infectious, polyrhythmic grooves, the anger, politics, and sexuality shake, quake, and roar from his first recordings to his last. His catalog has been issued in several incarnations at various times since his death. This particular box set from Wrasse contains all 26 albums, which were previously released by the label in three separate compilation groupings. Each disc is housed in its own mini-LP sleeve, bearing original cover art, and the set contains four booklets -- one for each grouping of albums and a brief biography in a booklet of its own. What's confusing, at least initially, is that the back of the box numbers the albums one through 26, while each booklet numbers them starting at one. In other words, discs ten and 19 both bear the number one and start again with their groupings. They correspond to the way the label initially released these albums. The box also contains a DVD entitled A Slice of Fela. It is a compilation narrated by Sahr Ngaujah that contains excerpts from various documentaries and live concerts. There are interviews with Kuti's biographer Carlos Moore and Fela the musical's co-writer and choreographer, Bill T. Jones. Obviously, this collection is for the hardcore Kuti fan who doesn't already have everything. That said, given its exceptionally reasonable price tag (a true bargain), it may appeal to others as well. Either way, it is a singular document, one that testifies to Kuti's authentic role as one of the great musical innovators of the 20th century.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
23:22
2
feat: Africa 70
16:11
3
feat: Africa 70
14:05

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Afrika 70
12:26
2
feat: Afrika 70
12:57
3
feat: Afrika 70
13:25
4
feat: Afrika 70
14:46

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
28:27
2
17:20
3
29:10

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
20:10
2
feat: Afrika 70
24:08

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Afrika 70
15:22
2
feat: Africa 70
13:32
3
feat: Africa 70
25:17
4
feat: Africa 70
7:34

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
17:03
2
feat: Africa 70
11:24
3
15:15
4
feat: Africa 70
12:57

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
11:36
2
feat: Africa 70
12:57
3
13:35
4
16:35

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
10:34
2
feat: Africa 70
15:09
3
feat: Africa 70
15:23
4
feat: Africa 70
13:54

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
25:48
2
30:49
3
22:17

Track Listing - Disc 14

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
15:41
2
17:24
3
13:40
4
12:05
5
9:09
6
10:18

Track Listing - Disc 15

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
25:37
2
feat: Africa 70
14:41
3
feat: Africa 70
8:12
4
feat: Africa 70
8:07

Track Listing - Disc 16

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
13:49
2
feat: Africa 70
13:25
3
feat: Africa 70
7:26
4
feat: Africa 70
13:15
5
feat: Africa 70
9:30
6
feat: Africa 70
5:50
7
feat: Africa 70
7:25

Track Listing - Disc 17

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
13:14
2
feat: Africa 70
11:00
3
feat: Africa 70
10:47
4
feat: Africa 70
11:15
5
feat: Africa 70
17:36

Track Listing - Disc 18

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Afrika 70
12:55
2
feat: Afrika 70
15:44
3
feat: Afrika 70
14:14
4
feat: Afrika 70
15:17

Track Listing - Disc 19

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Africa 70
15:08
2
feat: Africa 70
14:13
3
feat: Africa 70
14:31
4
feat: Africa 70
16:04

Track Listing - Disc 20

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
14:44
2
14:36
3
18:38
4
17:31

Track Listing - Disc 21

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
28:20
2
31:54

Track Listing - Disc 22

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
30:01
2
29:15

Track Listing - Disc 23

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
22:43
2
31:09

Track Listing - Disc 24

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Afrika 70
21:34
2
feat: Afrika 70
15:31
3
feat: Afrika 70
15:33

Track Listing - Disc 25

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Afrika 70
16:39
2
feat: Afrika 70
16:42
3
feat: Afrika 70
10:15
4
feat: Afrika 70
13:42

Track Listing - Disc 26

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
21:10
2
14:48
3
24:03

Track Listing - Disc 27

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
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