Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit (1975)

This is some serious funk straight from the Motherland. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a pioneer in what we now call "world music" (a term I always thought sounded a bit exclusionary; after all, don't we all live in the same world?), bridging the gap between western jazz and funk and West African highlife music (a form of horn and guitar driven pop).

Although it's only about twenty-four minutes long, Kuti and his band Africa 70 cut a wide swath in the decade's ever-growing field of funk; if this doesn't make you get up and dance you just might not have a soul...


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