Fela Kuti Fela's First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session

    Cadillac Records
      • 1. Fela’s Specia
      • 2. Alcana
      • 3. Highlife Rakers Calypso
      • 4. Wa Ba Mi Jo Bosue Close

      Legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti's first recordings of highlife and calypso, recorded in London in 1959, on a limited edition 10". Two of the tracks are released here for the first time ever!! The tape of the very first Fela Ransome Kuti recording session has languished in a series of dusty cupboards and damp basements for 60 years. It's a miracle that it has survived in such fine condition. The original Melodisc single, comprising side A of this release, was for long thought lost until a copy of the session acetate turned up and was reissued as part of the superb Soundway compilation Highlife on the Move (2014). However the two tracks on side B of this album have never been issued in any form and are reproduced here in all their glory for the very first time!

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        ‘Why Black Man Dey Suffer’, recorded in 1971, was originally deemed too controversial for release by EMI, his label at the time. Having recently been...
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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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          Fela KutiNo AgreementKnitting Factory Records
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            Fela KutiI.T.T.Knitting Factory Records
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              Fela KutiExpensive ShitKnitting Factory Records
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