Friday, April 23, 2010

Song of the Day: Fela Kuti - Zombie

With a show currently on Broadway, everyone seems to now know Fela Kuti's name.  I was first introduced to his music about ten years ago by Remain in Light by Talking Heads - when reading reviews and interviews about the album, African music, particularly Fela, would often be cited as inspiration for this album.

I've since become a Fela devotee, buying about six of his albums and desperately wanting to make it to Broadway.  Two years ago at the El Rey, I was lucky enough to see one of his sons, Seun Kuti, put on one of the best shows I've ever seen, playing with the Afrika 70 band with which his father used to play.  That band played on this song, the title track off Fela's Zombie album.

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