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Fela And The Africa 70 - Shakara Full Album

Fela And The Africa 70 - Shakara Full Album
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    Fela And The Africa 70
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  • Size FLAC version
    1231 mb
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    2245 mb
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    Vinyl, LP, Album


2Shakara Oloje13:26


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
EMI (LP) 008NFela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70 Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70 - Shakara ‎(LP, Album)EMIEMI (LP) 008NNigeria1972
EMI (LP) 008NFela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa 70 Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa 70 - Shakara ‎(LP, Album)His Master's VoiceEMI (LP) 008NGhanaUnknown
2 C 062-81718Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa'70 Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa'70 - Lady Shakara ‎(LP, Album)EMI2 C 062-81718France1974
1817184Fela Ransome Kuti And The Africa 70 Fela Ransome Kuti And The Africa 70 - Shakara ‎(Cass, Album, RE)EMI1817184France1985
NCA 271Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70 Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70 - Shakara ‎(Cass, Album, Unofficial)NCA NCA 271Unknown


  • Artwork, DesignAfrica 70 Organisation
  • Artwork, Illustration [Art And Line Color Separation]Remi Olowookere
  • Baritone SaxophoneLekan Animashaun
  • BassTommy James
  • CongasDaniel Koranteg, Henry Koffi
  • Drums [Leader]Tony Allen
  • EngineerEmmanuel A. Odenusi
  • Guitar [Tenor]Segun Edo
  • Maracas [Marraccas]Isaac Olaleye
  • Percussion [Sticks]James Abayomi
  • Photography ByAfrica 70 Agency
  • Producer, Arranged By, VocalsFela Ransome Kuti
  • Recorded By, Mixed By [Engineer]Emmanuel Odenusi
  • Rhythm GuitarTutu Shoronmu
  • Tenor SaxophoneIgo Chico
  • TrumpetTony Njoku
  • Written-ByFela Ransome-Kuti


℗ 1974 Afri-Art Guild Publishing Company, BMI

[Front sleeve:] Fela and The Africa 70
[Rear sleeve:] Fela Ransome Kuti and the africa 70
[Labels:] Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70


  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A): EMI LP 008NA-F6S EM 23-05-A RC
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B): EMI LP 008NA-F5S EM 23-05-B RC
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, A): EM23.05A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, B): EM23.05B
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 2): EM-2305A EMI LP 008NA-F4S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 2): EMI LP 008NB-F4S EM-2305-B


  • Published By – Afri-Art Guild Publishing Co.
  • Manufactured By – Makossa Ltd.
  • Distributed By – African Record Centre, Ltd.


Funk-infused political statement. Artist: Fela and Afrika '70 Album: Zombie Label: Coconut Year: 1976 Tracklist: 0:00 Zombie 12:26 Mister the 1972 album Shakara. Shakara is an album by Nigerian Afrobeat composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti recorded in Lagos in 1971 and originally released on the Nigerian EMI label. That eclectic spirit proves to be a major asset on Shakara, which consists of two 13-minute performances by Kuti's Africa 70 band. Kuti, and his band Africa 70, recorded their early 70s material in Kutis recording studio and honed his own style of music: Afrobeat. Shakara is one of Kutis least political works, but is one of his most captivating musically. The album Shakara has only two songs split to the two sides of the album, Lady and Shakara Oloje. Picking one entry level album for Fela Kuti and the Africa 70 is a daunting task considering his high output, but you cant go wrong with Shakara. Category . Формируйте собственную коллекцию. Samstag, 2. Juni 2018. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Shakara 1972. Fela Kuti was often described as the James Brown of Africa, but one could also argue that he was Africa's equivalent of Miles Davis or John Coltrane. Truth be told, either description is valid. Kuti was highly eclectic, and his innovative, visionary music contained elements of funksoul, jazz, and blues, as well as African music. That eclectic spirit proves to be a major asset on Shakara, which consists of two 13-minute performances by Kuti's Africa 70 band: Lady and Shakara Oloie. Buy This Album Originally recorded in 1971 and 1978 by Fela Kutis band, Africa 70, with the addition of former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, this is a music album by Fela Kuti & Africa 70 released in 1976. Zombie is ranked 1,046th in the overall chart, 229th in the 1970s, and 16th in the year 1976. This album is rated in the top 2 of all albums on . Submit Corrections. Fela Kuti & Africa 70. Follow Artist. Album Highlights. Fela Kuti & Africa , Fela Kuti. Fela Kuti & Africa Submit Corrections. Overview . Fela Kuti & Africa , . Shakara is a music album by Fela Kuti & Africa 70 released in 1972. Shakara is ranked 4,513th in the overall chart, 800th in the 1970s, and 80th in the year 1972. This album is rated in the top 8 of all albums on . I got a girlfriend with bows in her hair, And nothing is better than that - Talking Heads. Toggle navigation Menu


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A Great Album That Should Probably Never Have Existed ...

First coming to most people’s attention with his collaboration on the Talking Heads’ album Remain In Light, along with the David Byrne and Brian Eno outing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and then with the David Byrne solo release The Catherine Wheel, most people were totally unaware of Fela’s influence on the early works of Brian Eno, thinking that somehow Eno, a musical alchemist for sure, had concocted those amazing sounds all on his own.

With Shakara (Oloje) being recorded in 1971, Fela (Fela Ransome Kuti) was lightyears ahead of his time, with the album consisting of but two songs (recorded live), where for all intent and purposes, Shakara (Oloje) has to be one of the most shimmering and delightful records ever made, certainly leaning toward the jam side of the spectrum, filled with polyrhythmic tonalities and dazzling easily understood complexities that rise like smoke from a burning fire, dancing with the lightness of emancipation and brilliance on an unfelt breeze while seeming to unveil itself over and over again, as if one door leads to another, all guided by a the mystic hand of things which can only be described as Afrocentic.

Afrocentric is but one of a variety of identities for Fela’s music, where one could easily imply Afrobeat, funk, jazz, soul and even psychedelic, all encased within traditional West African rhythms and chants, music that’s set free by intoxicating drumming, that unlike in rock n’ roll or even jazz, holds a much more prominent and decisive place within its formulation and structure of endless wandering grooves that are fueled on by melodic interlacing riffs that build slowly, often appreciating the philosophy of two steps forward, one step back.

Shakara (Oloje) is not so much music to get lost in, but rather to give yourself over to. This is visionary music, where the sounds and call-backs will weave their way into your soul. While holding all of the above in mind, the music is rather tragic in the same breath, especially as listeners simmer along with the song “Lady,” only to discover that with all of its emancipation and vastness, its purely and simply a chastisement of African women who Fela saw as becoming far too Westernized with their embrace of feminist values and equal rights, where even if delivered with humor, the intent of the number is to keep women in their place, and of course exploit them in National Geographic fashion on the album jacket. This all stands in sharp juxtaposition to the number “Shakara (Oloje),” which essentially chastises yet again, though this time pointing a finger and mocking African leaders, who were nothing more than loudmouth and pompous bullies who were unable or unwilling to make good on their hollow boasts, sung in both English and traditional Yoruba.

Regardless, even with Fela’s outdated and objectionable values toward women, both of these thirteen minute tracks are infectious and totally irresistible.

This of course brings me to the nature of the song “Lady” and its place in society today, causing me to question whether as evolved people, we should be listening to an artist who (certainly at a time) was not only holding, but openly expressing misogynistic views and values, values whose walls women are still fighting against today. Would we sing outdated songs about black Americans remaining on the farm anymore than we’d define African women as servants for a polygamist (which Fela was)? Or should this album be relegated to the history books? On the other hand, with vocal deliveries being such as they are to English speaking ears, perhaps that message gets lost in the music and translation … leading me to question the value of the music if it’s message is not understood. It is difficult to unlearn facts, it’s also impossible not to acknowledge the beauty regarding the buildings constructed in Nazi Germany, though I for one would certainly not choose to live in one. Can we? Should we define and criticize music along these same lines? It’s a difficult question to ask, and certainly a difficult one to answer, though at this time, I think I’m going to have to put this number aside. Of course the larger question that rises, would be our persistent tolerance for any artist who espouses and presents values that are detrimental to any faction of society? Now I’m sincerely struggling, because it’s always been one of my core values to suggest that to be part of a negative attitude in any manner, is to support that value, and give it credence.

Brian Eno said, ”I remember the first time I listened (to Fela) and how taken I was. My friend Robert Wyatt (an experimental jazz artist) called it ‘Jazz from another planet,’ where instantly I thought that I understood the conceptual point of jazz, which until then had been an almost alien music for me.” Without a doubt, I have to question whether Eno understood the nature of the musical context and the values expressed. I would suggest that as a lifetime collector of varied and intense pornography of a historic and contemporary nature along with the fact that this indicates an objectification of women, which he refers to as an addiction, the answer is probably yes.

So I continue to struggle …

Review by Jenell Kesler