Friday, December 23

Open and Close - Fela Kuti (1971)

"Open and Close: This song is teaching its listeners how to move Fela’s Afrobeat song called Open & Close – a dance choreography with a lot of African vitality. Swegbe and Pako: Sung in ‘broken-English’ is about good and bad—competence and its opposite—incompetence. ... Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo: Is another Folk song recounting the war gallantry of the Egbas against the colonial forces and their agents on the coasts of West Africa. The Egba war with the British colonial force was led by Abudi, a renowned Egba war general. Fela starts the song by calling on his listeners to please help him sing this folk song, Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo, a tale of pandemonium caused by attacking colonial British forces. Proudly, the people went to war against the colonial British force and their coastal African allies. ..."
Fela Kuti (Video)
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YouTube: Open And Close/ Suegbe And Pako / Gbagada Gbogodo 36:45