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    • Fela Kuti – Coffin For Head Of State part 1
    • 1. Coffin For Head Of State part 1
    • 2. Coffin For Head Of State part 2

    Fela Kuti made some frantic albums in his career--ones that popped with his enthusiastic political disobedience and ones that roared with fury at the Nigerian system and Africa's disadvantaged position in the late-20th century. But Coffin for Head of State is a different tiger. It's a downturned, sad, melancholic 22-minute work that signaled how Fela would make his previously general criticisms of Nigerian politics very specific. He recorded the album in 1981, several years after the Nigerian military's destruction of his self-declared Kalakuta Republic (a residential compound, in truth) and the ensuing, relentlessly violent assault on its residents, including his mother, who later died as a result of her injuries. Coffin finds Fela castigating Muslim and Christian leaders for idling while the government raped and pillaged, and it boasts a visionary quality in the antiphonal "Amens" that gets bounced through the band.

    Other Releases by Fela Kuti

    Fela KutiArmy ArrangementKnitting Factory Records
    Fela Kuti stories Nigeria’s attempt at ‘democracy’ in 1979 after more than a decade ofmilitary rule told through this album, originally released...
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    Fela KutiJ.J.D (Johnny Just Drop!!) Live!! At Kalakuta RepublikKnitting Factory Records
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        Fela KutiNo AgreementKnitting Factory Records
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        Fela KutiUnderground SystemKnitting Factory Records
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        Fela KutiAfrodisiacKnitting Factory Records
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        Fela KutiShakaraKnitting Factory Records
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        • Fela Kuti – Shakara (Oloje)
        Fela KutiNa Poi (2015 Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
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        • Fela Kuti – na poi (part 1)
        • Fela Kuti – na poi (part 2)
        • Fela Kuti – you no go die...unless
        Fela KutiFinding Fela (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Knitting Factory Records
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        • Koola Lobitos – Highlife Time
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        • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Upside Down (edit)
        • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Egbe Mi O (Carry Me)
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        • 2. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Opposite People (edit)
        • 3. Koola Lobitos – Highlife Time
        • View full info and tracklisting
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        Fela KutiUpside Down / Music Of Many Colours (with Roy Ayers)Knitting Factory Records
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            Two classic afro beat albums!
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                • Fela Kuti – Pansa Pansa
                Fela KutiAfrodisiacKnitting Factory Records
                1973 Nigerian afro beat funk at it's best from the master - Fela Kuti 
                • Fela Kuti – Alu Jon Jonki Jon
                • Fela Kuti – Eko Ile
                Fela KutiShakaraKnitting Factory Records
                1972 Fela Kuti anthem! This is afro beat at it's finest...ESSENTIAL!!!    
                • Fela Kuti – Shakara (Oloje)
                Fela KutiNa Poi (2015 Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
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                • Fela Kuti – na poi (part 1)
                • Fela Kuti – na poi (part 2)
                • Fela Kuti – you no go die...unless
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                • Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'N Quench)
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Opposite People (edit)
                • Koola Lobitos – Highlife Time
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Lover
                • Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Viva Nigeria
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Upside Down (edit)
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Egbe Mi O (Carry Me)
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Johnny Just Drop (edit)
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – VIP (pt 2 - live In Berlin)
                • Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (edit)
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Go Slow (edit)
                • The Fela Band! – Zombie
                • Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Power Show (edit)
                • Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Beasts Of Nation (edit)
                • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Shuffering & Smiling (edit)
                • The Fela Band – Colonial Mentality (with Femi Kuti - live At The New Afrika Shrine)
                • 1. Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'N Quench)
                • 2. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Opposite People (edit)
                • 3. Koola Lobitos – Highlife Time
                • View full info and tracklisting
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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...
                • Fela Kuti – Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
                Fela KutiBeasts Of No Nation / O.D.O.OKnitting Factory Records
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                • Fela Kuti – Beasts Of No Nation
                Fela KutiOriginal Suffer Head And I.T.TKnitting Factory Records
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                    Fela KutiYellow FeverKnitting Factory Records
                    Yellow Fever’ was originally released in 1976, during Fela’s extraordinarily prolific 1975-77 purple period, when he released 24 albums in Nigeria...
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