The Best of Fela Kuti:
Music is the Weapon
It's almost impossible to overstate the impact and importance of Fela Kuti to the global musical village: producer, arranger, musician, political radical, outlaw. He was all that, as well as showman par excellence, inventor of Afro-beat, an unredeemable sexist, and a moody megalomaniac. His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with Bob Marley was silenced.
This newly available box set not only includes his "best of" but also sees him performing a lot of the tracks on the DVD.
Music is the weapon 53 mins.The Definitive Film on Fela. Shot in Lagos in 1982, this documentary carries us from the "Kalkuta Republic" to the "mythical "Shrine" nightclub. The film includes previously unpublished versions of ITT, Army Arrangement, Power Show and Authority Stealing ("live" at the Shrine).
“musical, spiritual or political, Fela’s power remains with us” STRAIGHT NO CHASER
“the most influential and significant musician ever to emerge from Africa” TIME OUT
“Fela Kuti was the Ultimate rebel, a spiritualist, pan African revolutionary” OBSERVER
“the most charismatic musician to have emerged from Africa in the past 40 years” TELEGRAPH
“fela’s music is simply some of the most compulsively funky ever created” THE SUNDAY TIMES
Water no get enemy
Sorrow tears and blood
Shuffering and Shmiling
Coffin for head of State