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Kuti, Fela –   Afrodisiac: 50TH ANNIVERSARY [2xLP Marbled Green / Marbled Red Vinyl] – New LP
Kuti, Fela –   Afrodisiac: 50TH ANNIVERSARY [2xLP Marbled Green / Marbled Red Vinyl] – New LP
Partisan Records / Knitting Factory Records

Kuti, Fela –  Afrodisiac: 50TH ANNIVERSARY [2xLP Marbled Green / Marbled Red Vinyl] – New LP

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"The four [side long] songs occupying this album were originally recorded in Nigeria as 45 rpm releases. Afrodisiac consists of re-recordings of these, done in London in the early '70s. These four workouts, all sung in Nigerian, are propulsive mixtures of funk and African music, done with nonstop high energy, avoiding the homogeneity of a lot of funk and African records of later vintage.  The interplay between horns, electric keyboards, drums, and Kuti's exuberant vocals gives this a jazz character without sacrificing the earthiness that makes it danceable as well. 'Jeun Ko Ku (Chop'n Quench)' became Kuti's first big hit in Nigeria."

-- Richie Unterberger
"Fela Kuti (1938-1997) was a Nigerian musician, producer, arranger, political radical, outlaw and the originator of Afrobeat. A titanic musical and sociopolitical voice, Fela’s legacy spans decades and genres, touching on jazz, pop, funk, hip-hop, rock and beyond. Afrodisiac is the fifth in the series of celebratory Fela 50th Anniversary reissues. Like its predecessors in the series, this double LP edition is on color vinyl; LP 1 is green marble and LP 2 is on red marble. The album will be wrapped in a gold foil OBI strip with a brief essay on the album and Fela's global impact on music. The songs on Afrodisiac were tracks that Fela and the Nigeria 70 (Later Africa 70) re-recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1972 after they had become hits in Nigeria. The best known song on the album, 'Jeun Ko Ku’, is listed by its Pidgin title ‘Chop and Quench’ on this album. It’s a satire about gluttony and Fela's first major hit across West Africa. ‘Chop and Quench’ means ""eat and die"" in Standard English. (Afrodisiac was a huge influence on Talking Heads when they recorded Remain In Light -- there is a bonus track called ‘Fela's Riff’ that nods heavily to the influence of hearing Afrodisiac and Fela's music for the first time.)"


releases January 6, 2023

A Alu Jon Jonki Jon B Jeun Ko Ku (Chop And Quench) C Eko Ile D Je'Nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me) Licensed From – FAK (2) Licensed To – Knitting Factory Records Inc. Phonographic Copyright ℗ – FAK (2) Copyright © – FAK (2) Recorded At – Abbey Road Studios Baritone Saxophone – Lekan Animashaun Bass Guitar – Maurice Ekpo Composed By – Fela Ransome-Kuti* Congas [1st] – Henry Koffi Congas [2nd] – Friday Jumbo Congas [3rd] – Akwesi Korranting Drums – Tony Allen Engineer – John Kurlander, Tony Clark Liner Notes – Chris May (6) Percussion [Sticks] – Tony Abayomi Producer – Jeff Jarratt Rhythm Guitar – Peter Animashaun Shekere – Isaac Olaleye Tenor Saxophone – Igo Chiko* Trumpet [1st] – Tunde Williams Trumpet [2nd] – Eddie Faychum

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