These six CDs() contain nine albums total including Koola Lobitos, The ’69 L.A. Sessions, Live With Ginger Baker, London Scene/Shakara, Roforofo Fight/+2 Singles, Open & Close/Afrodisiac, Gentleman/Confusion, and represent the earliest period of the Nigerian legend’s oeuvre, from 1969 – 1974. All are re-mastered and re-released in unique digi-packs with the original artwork.
During this era, Fela created the sound he was to call Afrobeat, a music he saw as a modern form of danceable, African classical music, created out of a cross-breeding of funk, jazz, salsa, calypso, with juju, highlife and African percussive patterns. These titles illustrate the evolution not only of his new Afrobeat sound and his experiments with lengthy improvisation, but also his emerging political voice, which was to become more scathing and direct as he got older.
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