Rebellious Track #5: Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 - Zombie

Published 07 February 10 01:10 PM | seth

Hey everyone,


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!






# Yale Watcher said on February 8, 2010 03:25 PM:

Fela Kuti was amazing and the music he played was not only revolutionary, it was a pioneering genre of African music. Fela's love of women was however his undoing. In retrospect, he should have been more cautious with the women in his life and been more liberal in his music and government criticism instead. But to each his own, in all Fela Kuti was an incredibly talented musician who stood against a formidable evil adversary. RIP Fela.

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