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Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker- Live (1971)

Ginger Baker (R.I.P), who was the drummer for Cream back in the mid to late '60s, went off to live in Nigeria after Cream split up and is where Baker met up with fellow musician Fela Kuti (R.I.P) and went on to join forces from the early to mid-'70s. This live set opens up with such a solid song called "Let's Start What We Have Come Into The Room To Do" were you hear multiple layers of complex tight rhythms (2 Drummers on this baby) and horns blaring followed by a solid well-paced bass line all at an energizing tempo. There is so much going on here that I am finding it very difficult to sit here and write this.


The second track "Black Man's Cry" slows down a bit but still carries you through, here you can really hear Fela singing with strong emotion backing him. But the melody on this song is so fucking Funky. Upon listening, you'll notice that they give their songs a lot of room for improvisation, Fela does really well with letting the music speak, but when he speaks, you can tell he really means what he is saying even if you can't understand it.


On the Third track "Ye Ye De Smell" Fela showcases Baker, where you can really hear him playing much more forward on this track which in turn kind of shows his Rock drumming on some funky rhythms but this is also the track where you can hear Ginger Bakers incredible machine gun drum solo.


"Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die)" Still a sad track, to say the least, but the funk, the funk! Damnit, it's so good, you could easily forget about any sadness listening to this. You can hear Fela repeatedly saying, "You dance too much" Oh, how I wish I could have been at this concert. But Fela proceeds and gets the crowd to sing along with him, the perfect way to end a show.


You can do no wrong giving this live album a listen, truly a gem that is forever recorded in history.


They do sell this album on Vinyl and as soon as I have a little money to spare, you can bet that I am going to be ordering this one ASAP.


Genre: Afro Funk, Afrobeat



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