MUSIC NERD MOMENT OF THE DAY: FELA KUTI

I actually posted this to Facebook not too long ago but thought I’d also share it here. I truly do wonder what Fela Kuti’s recording sessions were like. Tracks like “Confusion”,”C.B.B.” and “Zombie” to name just a few are so layered and intricate it sounds like it took days for him and his band to record a single song. He truly was the Nigerian version of James Brown. Would have been amazed to be a fly on the wall to see some of those sessions. Want some proof? Try to see if you can get through this nearly 30-minute epic arrangement of “Confusion”. First came across this a few years ago and I was so enthralled that I sat and listened to the whole thing a couple of times. As intricate, elaborate and specific as this song is, from the drums to the horns to the call-and-response nature of the singing, I can’t even imagine how long it took to record this. Take a listen.

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