Fela Kuti Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer

    Knitting Factory
    • Fela Kuti – Alagbon Close
    • 1. Alagbon Close
    • 2. I No Get Eye For Back
    • 3. Why Black Man Dey Suffer
    • 4. Ikoyi Mentlity

    Alagbon Close represents one of the first times anyone had directly taken on the Nigerian authorities in such a brash manner. Why Black Man Dey Suffer: This album, recorded in 1971 with Ginger Baker behind the board, was originally deemed too controversial for release by his label at the time. The title track is a history lesson on the oppression of the African man - detailing the litany of abuses they have suffered from being taken as slaves to having an alien people impose a new culture upon them, take their land, fight them, and set them against one another


    Deluxe digipack, with booklet including Fela’s biography and track-by-track commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May.


    Other Releases by Fela Kuti

    Fela KutiRoforofo Fight (50th Anniversary Edition)Partisan Records
    By 1972, when Music of Fela: Roforofo Fight was originally released (on two vinyl albums, Music of Fela Volume One and Volume Two), Fela was becoming one...
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    • – Go Slow
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    Fela KutiBoxset #5: Co-curated by Chris Martin & Femi KutiKnitting Factory Records
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      Fela KutiOpen & CloseKnitting Factory Records
      Reissue of Fela's highly sought-after 1971 album, 'Open & Close'! Super-funky Afrobeat featuring the incredible title track!
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      • – Suegbe And Pako
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      Fela KutiBeasts Of No NationKalakuta Records
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      Fela KutiArmy ArrangementKnitting Factory Records
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      Fela KutiCoffin For Head Of StateKnitting Factory Records
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      • – Coffin For Head Of State part 1
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      Fela KutiJ.J.D (Johnny Just Drop!!) Live!! At Kalakuta RepublikKnitting Factory Records
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        Fela KutiV.I.P. (Vagabonds in Power)Knitting Factory Records
        Performed by Fela and his Afrika 70 at the renowned Berlin Jazz Festival in 1978, this live recording of V.I.P. is possibly Fela’s most profound vilification...
          Fela KutiNo AgreementKnitting Factory Records
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          Reissue of one of Fela's later recordings, comprised of two extended tracks, the title cut and the classic, 'Pansa Pansa'.
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          • – Pansa Pansa
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          Fela KutiAfrodisiacKnitting Factory Records
          1973 Nigerian afro beat funk at it's best from the master - Fela Kuti 
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          Fela KutiGentlemanKnitting Factory Records
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            Fela KutiRoforofo Fight (2015 Reissue)Knitting Factory
            Essential afro beat! A dancefloor bomb! You need this!! KILLER REISSUE of Fela Kuti's 1972 album Roforofo Fight! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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            Fela KutiEverything Scatter (2015 Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
            Another killer gem from the undisputed 'King Of Afrobeat' Fela Kuti! Originally released in 1975. Expect nothing less than perfection. Sweet locked-in...
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            Fela KutiSorrow Tears & Blood (2014 Vinyl Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
            Originally released in 1977, Fela and Afrika 70 rise to their peak with rowsing, radical stuff as espoused by 'Colonial Mentality'.
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              In 'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense', Fela explains the role of the teacher in any society with the concept that all the things we consider to be problems...
              • – Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
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              Fela KutiFela With Ginger Baker Live!Knitting Factory Records
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              Fela KutiOpen & Close / AfrodisiacKnitting Factory Records
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              • – Open & Close
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              The king of afro beat does it again! Two essential classic albums on one budget CD!
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                • – Rofororo Fight
                Fela KutiShuffering And Shmiling/No AgreementWrasse
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                  Other Releases on Knitting Factory

                  Fela KutiAlagbon Close Knitting Factory
                  Unmissable classic afro-beat! Alagbon Close represents one of the first times anyone had directly taken on the Nigerian authorities in such a brash manner!   
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