Rebellious Track #5: Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 - Zombie
It's been super long since we've had a rebellious track! Going to one of the most incredible and revered musicians of the 20th century for this one, here's Fela Kuti's "Zombie." For those unfamiliar with Fela, here's a brief snippet from the wikipedia description:
"The album was a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers
using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military. The album was a smash hit with the
people and infuriated the government, setting off a vicious attack
against the Kalakuta Republic (a commune that Fela
had established in Nigeria), during which one thousand soldiers
attacked the commune. Fela was severely beaten, and his elderly mother
was thrown from a window, causing fatal injuries. The Kalakuta Republic
was burned, and Fela's studio, instruments, and master tapes were
destroyed. Fela claimed that he would have been killed if it were not
for the intervention of a commanding officer as he was being beaten."
In 1978, at a performance of the song "Zombie" in Accra, Ghana, riots broke out, and Fela was banned from coming back in to Ghana. Now THAT'S rebellious. Oh, and the conference is fast approaching. It's gonna be damn awesome, so register ASAP if you haven't yet!