FELA KUTI - Open And Close - LP - Black Vinyl

Label: Partisan Records SKU: 14761 Catalogue ID: KFR2005-1 Format:
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FELA KUTI - Open And Close - LP - Black Vinyl

FELA KUTI - Open And Close - LP - Black Vinyl



LABEL: Partisan Records

CAT NO: KFR2005-1

BARCODE: 0720841206514



1. Open & Close (14:53)
2. Swegbe and Pako (12:30)
3. Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo (09:19)


FELA KUTI – Open And Close

LP – Black Vinyl
(Housed in a Gatefold Sleeve.)

An almost fully-formed Afrobeat album, Open & Close is part focused on the dancefloor, part on African liberation. The title tune is a simple exhortation to dance, with instructions on how to perform Fela’s choreography. On a more serious note, “Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo” tells the story of the Egba people’s armed resistance to invading British colonialists. As a songwriter, Fela was more often concerned with the repressive rule of Nigeria’s contemporary leaders than he was with that of their British predecessors, but here he draws out the connection between past and present. Fela dedicated the album to his mother and “His Excellency Col. I.K. Acheampong, Ghana Head of State, the first head of state I ever entertained.” And the last. Fela regarded most African heads of state as stooges of the West and with good reason. (In 1976, Acheampong would ban Fela from Ghana, fearing his revolutionary rhetoric would stir up political opposition).

See below for tracklisting…