Fela Kuti V.I.P (Vagabonds In Power) / Authority Stealing

    Knitting Factory Records
      • 1. V.I.P. (Part 1 & 2)
      • 2. Authority Stealing (Part 1 & 2)

      More afro beat classics from the master himself!

      Authority Stealing was actually inflammatory enough to initiate another round of beatings to Fela from the hands of government thugs, this time nearly killing him. VIP is a live performance from Berlin in 1979. This stands as the last recording of the Afrika 70 ensemble.

      Highly recommended!

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                                • – Gentleman
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                                    Out of stock
                                  • CD£7.99 £7.99
                                    In stockAdd to Bag