One of the most virulent agitators in the annals of popular music--he was regularly beaten and jailed by oppressive military regimes in Nigeria for speaking out against their oppression--Fela Kuti never ceased to use his music as a vehicle to mock and criticize his adversaries (sample song title: "Coffin for Head of State"). And he did it with a groove, a serious, undulating funk he called Afrobeat.
Knitting Factory Records is undertaking the mammoth effort of reissuing 45 albums from the Fela catalogue, starting with this overview, the Best of the Black President, a 2-CD retrospective along with a DVD that includes portions of a documentary and filmed appearances at international festivalss
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