Double-disc set of Fela Kuti‘s Live In Detroit 1986 - the first new Fela material to be released since his final studio album 'Underground System' in 1992!
Recorded live at the Fox Theater in Detroit in November 1986, the concert marked a triumphant return to the USA for Nigeria’s Afrobeat master, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He had tried to leave his home country to tour the States two years earlier before being arrested and imprisoned on dubious charges of “currency trafficking”. An Amnesty International campaign helped secure his release in April 1986 and, just two months’ later, he appeared on stage as part of Amnesty’s ‘Conspiracy Of Hope’ American tour.
Four of his best and well-loved songs, typically super long workouts, soulful, grooving instrumentals with both discs consisting of over 80 minutes of music. Recorded as part of his US tour with his Egypt 80 band, the songs recall Fela's memories of civil war, the sham of african 'democracy' and issues around Apartheid.