Tuesday, April 26

Fela Kuti - Shuffering and Shmiling (1977)

"After the 1977 police attack on Fela's Kalakuta Republic, where his mother and about 80 members of his entourage and band were injured and arrested, he set out to light a fire underneath the authority figures and his various other enemies that were causing him and, in his eyes, the people of Nigeria to suffer in the form of harassment, oppression, and economic devastation. Shuffering and Shmiling is one of those comments. While continuing along in his tradition of savvy instrumental innovation, Shuffering and Shmiling plays out with the same intensity and voracious soloing that mark other great Africa 70 performances like Confusion, Gentleman, and No Agreement; but the point of departure here is the outward remarks he makes on a touchy topic: religion. ..."
W - "Shuffering and Shmiling"
Lyrics: Shuffering and Shmiling (Fela Kuti and Afrika 70)
The Afro Beat
YouTube: Shuffering and Shmiling