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FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI & EGYPT 80 Live in Amsterdam LP (track 1 and 2)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Fela Kuti stories, LP downloads on December 22, 2010 by Listen Recovery

FELA Live in Amsterdam,

1. M.O.P. (Movement of the People)  37.04 min.

2. You give me sh*t, I give you sh*t  24:59  min.

FELA w GINGER BAKER in Africa, KALABAR near LAGOS Nigeria. (footage by Ginger Baker)

Posted in Africa stories, Afro Sounds, Fela Kuti stories, video archives on April 19, 2010 by Listen Recovery

rare early footage (shot by Ginger Baker) featuring Fela & Afrika 70 performing in the rainy southeastern town of Kalabar, shortly after the the Nigerian civil war.

FELA Discography. “Fela Anikulapo-Kuti” (Oct. 15, 1938 – Aug. 2, 1997)

Posted in Africa stories, Afro Sounds, Fela Kuti stories on March 2, 2010 by Listen Recovery

FELA Discography link

Ghariokwu Lemi: The art of FELA KUTI’s Covers

Posted in Afro Sounds, Fela Kuti stories on August 11, 2009 by Listen Recovery

ghariokwu lemi


In 1976 the Black President of psychedelic Afrobeat sex, Fela Anikulapo Kuti churned out over half a dozen albums, and his Kalakutu Republic compatriot, Ghariokwu Lemi designed nearly all of them. For the two artists, 1976 marked a year of collaboration and medley of design possibility. In his only minimalist album cover for Fela, Zombie, Lemi matched Tunde Kuboye’s photograph of painted boys into plastic toy nightmares to Fela’s siren to sing, make love ‘n art, and smoke against Nigeria’s corrupt government’s brutality. The cover marks a departure from the visual vocabulary of buxom lady(ies) of Yellow Fever and several of Fela’s pre-76 covers, Zombie acts like a serum to commence peaceful, yet confrontational protest. But the trajectory and use of photography didn’t last long. Lemi’s other ‘76 works, Upside Down, Ikoyi Blindness, No Bread, and Before I jump like a monkey give me some banana, are collage, comic book-esque illustrations defined by anxious colors and protest scenarios that report atrocity with the most casual glance. Though the duo’s cover theme contrasts are subtle, the jump from ladies to calm protest to political comics signifies shifts in Nigeria’s political landscape, and a definative artistic response. But don’t think Lemi’s work stops at Fela’s albums. Beside other covers (including some with darlings in aviators) his recent illustrations like Anoda Sistem (2002) continue to portray Nigeria’s political landscape with wit and humanity…










Fela artwork