Saturday, May 14

Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos - Highlife-Jazz And Afro-Soul (1963-1969)

"Before Afrobeat, there was Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul. Highlife music, originally from Ghana and widely popular across West Africa, dominated the music scene in Lagos when Fela Kuti returned to the newly independent Nigeria in 1963. Fela had been studying trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London where he met drummer Tony Allen, who also joined him in new group Koola Lobitos as they sought to mix things up by introducing the sounds they had heard in the capital's jazz clubs. The music of Fela Kuti has never been easy for beginners to know where to start – later groups Africa '70 and Egypt '80 released more than 50 albums – and this set of early recordings with Koola Lobitos represents a largely unknown, or at least unheard, period of his career. ..."
The Quietus
Soundcloud: It's Highlife Time, I Know Your Feeling
YouTube: Highlife - Jazz and Afro- Soul (1963-1969)