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    Fela Kuti V.I.P. (Vagabonds in Power)

    Knitting Factory Records
      • 1. V.I.P. (Part I)
      • 2. V.I.P. (Part II)

      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 of the Nigerian government. In his very public address to the European crowd, Fela explains that V.I.P., in this context, stands for “vagabonds in power”, a direct jab both at the Nigerian authorities and power structure, as well as the ruling class; this was also to be the last performance of Afrika 70.

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      Fela KutiIkoyi BlindnessKnitting Factory Records
      Fela used the cover of ‘Ikoyi Blindness’ to announce his change of middle name from Ransome, which he now considered a slave name, to Anikulapo, which...
      • – Ikoyi Blindness
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      Fela KutiOriginal SufferheadKnitting Factory Records
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      • – Original Sufferhead
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      This edition of ‘Original Sufferhead’ is a major event. With the release of ‘Box Set #5’, and now on this reissue, the title track of this magnificent...
      • – Original Sufferhead
      • – Power Show
      Fela KutiO.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake)Knitting Factory Records
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        • – Noise For Vendor Mouth
        • – Mattress
        • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2019-3£20.99
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        Fela KutiWhy Black Man They SufferKnitting Factory Records
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        • – Why Black Man Dey Suffer
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        • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2012-3£20.99
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          • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2009-8£23.00
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          Fela KutiOpen & CloseKnitting Factory Records
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          • – Coffin For Head Of State part 1
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                • – alagbon close
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                Hypnotic afrobeat bullet from 1972 - recorded in Lagos. Sprited percussion, tight horns, and pure funk! As with most of the great man's albums, this is...
                • – na poi (part 1)
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                • – you no go die...unless
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                  • – Alagbon Close
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                  Fela KutiIkoyi BlindnessKnitting Factory Records
                  Fela used the cover of ‘Ikoyi Blindness’ to announce his change of middle name from Ransome, which he now considered a slave name, to Anikulapo, which...
                  • – Ikoyi Blindness
                  • – Gba Mi Leti Ki N'Dolowo (Slap Me Make I Get Money)
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                  • – Original Sufferhead
                  • – Power Show
                  Fela KutiOriginal SufferheadKnitting Factory Records
                  This edition of ‘Original Sufferhead’ is a major event. With the release of ‘Box Set #5’, and now on this reissue, the title track of this magnificent...
                  • – Original Sufferhead
                  • – Power Show
                  Fela KutiO.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake)Knitting Factory Records
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                    Fela KutiExcuse OKnitting Factory Records
                    ‘Excuse O’ is about natural human reactions to situations we confront in our daily endeavours. If you walk into a bar, ask and pay for a drink and...
                    • – Excuse-O
                    • – Mr Grammarticalogy - lisationalism Is The Boss
                    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2014-3£20.99
                      In stockAdd to Bag
                    Fela KutiKalakuta ShowKnitting Factory Records
                    The ‘Kalakuta Show’ album was Fela Kuti’s undaunted manner of extracting revenge on the military regime that attacked and brutalized him in 1974....
                    • – Kalakuta Show
                    • – Don't Make Garan Garan
                    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2020-3£20.99
                      In stockAdd to Bag
                    Fela KutiNoise For Vendor MouthKnitting Factory Records
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                    • – Noise For Vendor Mouth
                    • – Mattress
                    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2019-3£20.99
                      In stockAdd to Bag
                    Fela KutiWhy Black Man They SufferKnitting Factory Records
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                    • – Why Black Man Dey Suffer
                    • – Ikoyi Mentality vs Mushin Mentality
                    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2012-3£20.99
                      In stockAdd to Bag
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                    “Gentleman is the last of Fela's early 1970s albums recorded with the Africa 70. The title track can be interpreted literally or as a metaphor concerning...
                      • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) KFR2009-8£23.00
                        Limited smoke coloured vinyl edition
                        In stockAdd to Bag
                      Fela KutiOpen & CloseKnitting Factory Records
                      Reissue of Fela's highly sought-after 1971 album, 'Open & Close'! Super-funky Afrobeat featuring the incredible title track!
                      • – Open And Close
                      • – Suegbe And Pako
                      • – Gbagada Gbogodo
                      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...
                      • – Army arrangement (vocal)
                      Fela KutiCoffin For Head Of StateKnitting Factory Records
                      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...
                      • – Coffin For Head Of State part 1
                      Fela KutiJ.J.D (Johnny Just Drop!!) Live!! At Kalakuta RepublikKnitting Factory Records
                      Originally released in 1977, ‘Johnny Just Drop (J.J.D.)’ features Fela lampooning Nigeria’s ‘been-tos’, people who had been to Europe or America...
                        • LP + Download Code KFR2026-1£20.99
                          In stockAdd to Bag
                        Fela KutiNo AgreementKnitting Factory Records
                        ‘No Agreement’ is sometimes overlooked among Fela’s 1977 releases, eclipsed by albums such as ‘Johnny Just Drop (J.J.D.)’ and ‘Sorrow Tears...
                        • – No Agreement
                        • – Dog Eat Dog
                          Fela KutiUnderground SystemKnitting Factory Records
                          Reissue of one of Fela's later recordings, comprised of two extended tracks, the title cut and the classic, 'Pansa Pansa'.
                          • – Underground System
                          • – Pansa Pansa
                          Fela KutiI.T.T.Knitting Factory Records
                          'International Thief Thief' classic Fela from 1979
                            Fela KutiUp Side DownKnitting Factory Records
                            Upside Down’ and ‘Zombie’, both released in 1976, were made at the midpoint of an extraordinary three-year purple period during which Fela recorded...
                            • – Up Side Down
                            • – Go Slow
                            Fela KutiNa PoiKnitting Factory Records
                            Hypnotic afrobeat bullet from 1972 - recorded in Lagos. Sprited percussion, tight horns, and pure funk! As with most of the great man's albums, this is...
                            • – na poi (part 1)
                            • – na poi (part 2)
                            • – you no go die...unless
                            • LP + Download Code KFR2021-1£20.99
                              In stockAdd to Bag
                            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'.
                              Fela KutiHe Miss Road (2014 Vinyl Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
                              He Miss Road', also 1975, was produced by Ginger Baker. A deep and darker shade of afro-beat that is one of Fela's best.
                              • – He Miss Road
                              • – Monday Morning In Lagos
                              • – It's No Possible
                              Fela KutiOriginal Suffer Head And I.T.TKnitting Factory Records
                              Yet more essential afrobeat from the African equivalent of James Brown! All his albums are great!
                              • – I T T
                              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...
                              • – Yellow Fever
                              • – Na Poi ‘75