Saturday, August 22, 2020

Fela Kuti - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti [2010] (26 x CD's)

FELA ANIJULAPO KUTI (Real name Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti)

Fela Kuti - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti [2010] (26 x CD's)

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997) was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa's most "challenging and charismatic music performers".

He formed his first group Koola Lobitos in 1963. The large jazz, funk, and afrobeat collective underwent many changes in the following decades but the style remained the same thanks to Fela's vision and other key members such as drummer Tony Allen.  In 1969 after visiting America, Fela returned to Nigeria and opened club Afro Spot in Lagos also changing the group's name to Afrika 70. He played with Ginger Baker on the album Ginger Baker Live with Afrika 70 and Fela Kuti, released in 1971 and along side Bobby Gass, better known as Bobby Tench from The Jeff Beck Group, on Stratavarious which was released the next year. In 1981 Fela changed the group's name for the last time to Egypt 80.  He was known as Fela Ransome-Kuti until about 1978, when he renamed himself Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the middle name meaning 'he who carries death in his pouch'. He was a human rights revolutionary who started his own political party, Movement Of The People, to protest the kleptocracy in Nigeria. He had his own compound called the Kalakuta Republic in Lagos, which he declared independent from Nigeria, where he and his uncountable number of wives lived and they were constantly terrorized by the government.  His influence on funk and African music is unsurpassed and has put his name to many albums, the total number thought to be 77. The King of Afrobeat never sold out! If I had to pick one album to recommend it would have to be 'Confusion', a dance symphony driven by the rhythm assault of the awesome Tony Allen. Also listen for the usual blistering brass-section and the man himself: the late, greatly lamented Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

This Fela Kuti box houses 26 CDs plus a DVD (not included Here).  All nicely sleeved in mini cardboard replica album sleeves, which all fit into one simple box. The music seems to celebrate one eternal unending groove - a groove as distinctive to Fela Kuti as say JJ Cale's trademark slink is to him. Like JJ you start off thinking after you have bought your first 2 or 3 albums: if its all the same, why do I need to get all the albums? But I'm so glad to have this complete set to explore. It's joyous music and the vast abundance of it is part of its essence, some tracks were so long they couldn't fit onto a vinyl album side. All credit to the record company for seeing this project through. An overwhelming amount of - mostly excellent - music to digest. (Amazon)

This Limited Edition, Compilation, Box Set was generously passed on to me by my friend Jeff.
The files are tagged, and artwork is embedded to each album. (A total of 43 albums)
These are not my links.

It is a singular document, one that testifies to Kuti's authentic role as one of the great musical innovators of the 20th century.




Track lists

CD01    Open and Close + Afrodiisac 

01 Open and Close
02 Swegbe and Pako
03 Gbagada gbagada gbogodo gbodogo
04 Alu jon jonki jon
05 Jeun ko ku (Chop 'n Quench)
06 Eko ile
07 Je'nwi temi (Don't Gag Me)

CD02    J.J.D / Unnecessary Begging

01 J.J.D
02 Unnecessary Begging
03 No Buredi

CD03: Zombie

01 Zombie
02 Mister Follow Follow
03 Observation Is No Crime
04 Mistake

CD04    Underground System

01 Underground System
02 Pansa pansa
03 Confusion Break Bones

CD05    Fela With Ginger Baker Live!

01 Let's Start
02 Black Man's Cry
03 Ye Ye De Smell
04 Egde mi o
05 Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo

CD06    Live in Amsterdam

01 M.O.P. (Movement of the People) Political Statement 1
02 You Gimme Shit I Give You Shit
03 Custom Check Pain

CD07    V.I.P. / Authority Stealing

01 V.I.P. (Part 1 & 2)
02 Authority Stealing (Part 1 & 2)

CD08    Yellow Fever / Na Poi

01 Yellow Fever
02 Na Poi (1975 Version)
03 Na Poi (Part 1 and 2)
04 You No Go Die... Unless

CD09    Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer

01 Alagbon Close
02 I No Get Eye for Back
03 Why Black Man Dey Suffer
04 Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin' Mentality

CD10    Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana / Excuse-O

01 Monkey Banana
02 Sense Wiseness
03 Excuse O
04 Mr Grammarticalogyisationalism Is the Boss

CD11    Everything Scatter / Noise for Vendor Mouth

01 Everything Scatter
02 Who No Know Go Know
03 Noise for Vendor Mouth
04 Mattress

C012    Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

01 Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
02 Look and Laugh
03 Just Like That

CD13    Koola Lobitos 64-68 / The '69 Los Angeles Sessions

01 Highlife Time
02 Omuti Tide
03 Ololufe mi
04 Wadele wa rohin
05 Laise lairo
06 Wayo
07 My Lady Frustration
08 Viva Nigeria
09 Obe
10 Ako
11 Witchcraft
12 Wayo (2nd Version)
13 Lover
14 Funky Horn
15 Eko
16 This Is Sad

CD14    Roforofo Fight / Fela Singles

01 Roforofo Fight
02 Go Slow
03 Question Jam Answer
04 Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am
05 Shenshema
06 Ariya

CD15: Confusion / Gentleman

01 Confusion (Part 1 and 2)
02 Gentleman
03 Fefe naa efe
04 Igbe

CD16    Shakara / Fela's London Scene

01 Lady
02 Shakara
03 J'ehin j'eehin
04 Egbe mi o
05 Who're You
06 Buy Africa
07 Fight to Finish

CD17    Expensive Shit / He Miss Road

01 Expensive Shit
02 Water No Get Enemy
03 He Miss Road
04 Monday Morning in Lagos
05 It's No Possible

CD18    Stalemate / Fear Not for Man

01 Stalemate
02 Don't Worry About My Mouth O
03 Fear Not for Man
04 Palm Wine Sound

CD19    Ikoyi Blindness / Kalakuta Show

01 Ikoyi Blindness
02 Gba mi leti ki n'dolowo
03 Kalakuta Show
04 Don't Make Garan Garan

CD20    Upside Down / Music of Many Colours

01 Upside Down
02 Go Slow
03 2000 Black Got to Be Free
04 Africa Centre of the World

CD21    Beasts of No Nation / ODOO
01 Beasts of No Nation
02 O.D.O.O

CD22    Army Arrangement

01 Army Arrangement
02 Government Chicken Boy

CD23    Coffin for the Head of State / Unknown Soldier

01 Coffin for the Head of State
02 Unknown Soldier (Part 1 and 2)

CD24    Shuffering and Shmiling / No Agreement

01 Shuffering and Shmiling
02 No Agreement
03 Dog Eat Dog

CD25    Opposite People / Sorrow Tears and Blood

01 Opposite People
02 Equalisation of Trouser and Pant
03 Sorrow Tears and Blood
04 Colonial Mentality

CD26    Original Sufferhead / ITT

01 Original Sufferhead
02 Power Show
03 I.T.T



  1. Even though I have all these albums just want to thank you for sharing with everyone. Fela made the absolute greatest Afrobeat music.

    1. Thanks Jimmy.
      This set was gifted to me by the above mentioned Jeff. I also had many of these but not all. I have often placed Fela Kuti in the Crates section but this is the first time that Fela has a promotional page.
      The music is truly infectious.


  2. I have read that when Fela died, that over 1,000,000 people jammed the streets trying to attend his funeral! I think that tells us how influential he was in his art, his country, his politics! He is also pictured on the poster that is included in the Band On The Run album by Paul McCartney & Wings! I think Fela was there to make sure his heritage and the local culture were not being exploited! He was friends with Ginger Baker and Baker was the owner of the studio in Lagos where McCartney went to start recording the album. This is when Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough decided to leave the band...they had NO desire to go hang out in Lagos. As we know McCartney was robbed by locals while trying to mingle in with anonymity. That didn't work. Somehow, Fela may have been giving Paul a warning. 13(?) years later Paul Simon would exploit African music to a much harsher degree with the Graceland album. THAT's the kind of notoriety that Fela was trying to avoid. (Just my own opinion).
    Thank you, Butterboy and Jimmy!!! This is a RIGHTEOUS share!

    1. Hi Kwai Chang,
      Thank you for your comments. Fela Kuti is is a giant amongst men in his home country and these albums have life. They exist.
      PS Thanks for this set goes to Jeff...

  3. Replies
    1. Hi muddyw123,
      Where I grew up A Whopper was one of three things, an Ice-cream, a big lie, and something bigger than ordinary, I assume you mean the latter just like Fela Kuti was. Thanks


  4. Thanks to Jeff and you for this generous gift!

    1. Hi Il Commendatore,
      Hope you get a lot of enjoyment from theses.


  5. My goodness, thank you. I look forward to finding some lost treasures here along with his classics. I saw the musical that toured five or so years ago that captured much of who Fela was. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Hi majorcurry,
      Enjoy the music , it is really wonderful.


  6. Is there anyway you could alternatively post this but not as a zippyshare? I can't open them! This is like having all king solomon's riches in front of you - but not being able to open the door!

    1. Hi PEANUT,
      There are not my links.
      Sorry cant do that. May I suggest you try another browser or a VPN. Those methods seems to successful to many.


  7. thanks for this, great music for packing up possessions as the fire advances and burns down the neighborhood. might be asking for more reposts after this, might be the last dl for awhile.....

  8. Hey BB, how are you? Is there any chance to re up the booklet? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi blind willie,
      Sorry. These were not my links and I have contacted the original up loader but no response yet. I will get back and see if I can get that to you.


    2. No problem my friend! Thanks anyway! Cheers

    3. Hi blind willie

      I have renewed the fela Kuti links. The booklet is included in part 9.

      Fela Kuti PART 09


  9. Hello, I wonder if the links will be reposted some time, thanks

    1. Hi licuado,
      I will try to get a new set of links up soon.

    2. Hi licuado,
      New links have be established, tested and working.