Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer (Wrasse, 2007)
Two of Fela Kuti’s classics, Alagbon Close and Why Black Man Dey Suffer, are now available in a single CD released by Wrasse Records. The original albums came out at a time when Fela Kuti was at his prime. There only four lengthy tracks included in this release.
All pieces are excellent examples of revolutionary Afrobeat jams, with a combination of powerful Nigerian rhythms, a solid brass section, electric organ and piano, rhythm guitar and the unmistakable vocals and saxophone of Fela Kuti. While some of the modern Afrobeat bands focus exclusively on musical jams, Fela Kuti delivered mesmerizing music mixed with strong social and political messages.
Listening to the lyrics one can understand why he infuriated politicians in Nigeria and he was persecuted for his political messages and lifestyle (communal living and smoking pot). Alagbon Close depicts the infamous Lagos police station and jail. Why Black Man Dey Suffer criticizes colonialism. Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality condemns the well to do in Africa (the bourgeoisie).
An incendiary collection by the master of Afrobeat.
Buy the recording on CD or MP3 download:
- In North America: Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer
- In Europe: Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.