Limited edition orange vinyl
Another batch of influential albums from the late Fela Kuti, Afrobeat pioneer and human rights and political activist, is being reissued by Knitting Factory Records to commemorate the contributions Kuti made to music and society as a whole. These colored vinyl reissues include Fear Not For Man (1977), Beasts Of No Nation (1989), Everything Scatter (1975), Roforofo Fight (1972), Alagbon Close (1974) and Na Poi (1976). Each includes Lemi Ghariokwu's iconic original album artwork.
Everything Scatter, originally released in 1975, is one of several masterpieces from early in Fela's mid-1970s purple period. In three extraordinarily productive years, Fela released 23 albums of new material (or perhaps 25 such albums, for the historical records are imprecise). The purple period continued up to and immediately beyond the Nigerian army attack of 18 February 1977 which destroyed Fela's self-governing commune, Kalakuta Republic. By the time Everything Scatter was recorded, Fela had put all Afrobeat's key elements in place: the signature rhythms he had developed with drummer Tony Allen; edgy, jousting tenor and rhythm guitars; call and response vocals; fat horn arrangements and extended, jazz-based horn and keyboard solos; politically confrontational lyrics; and, crucially, the broken English Fela adopted to take his message beyond Yoruba speakers.
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