Truth be told, I haven’t been on a real Fela kick for several years now, but I think that is about to change…it is summertime after all. Friday evening a friend, rifling through cds in his car, introduced me to the Koola Lobitos 1969 Los Angeles Sessions which, apparently, were semi-rare; as in out-of-print. Though, admittedly, ‘rare’ in the age of bit-torrent is a fairly dubious claim. But I’ve owned my share of Fela albums and bootlegs over the years and this one was new to me. The tracks culled from these session are in a word, tight. Whereas a lot of Kuti’s work can meander, the arrangements here are economical without losing an ounce of their energy. Check out the two tracks below while I go find my copy of Expensive Shit.
MP3: Fela Kuti :: Lover
MP3: Fela Kuti :: My Lady Frustration
Amazon: Fela Kuti – Koola Lobitos 1964-1968/The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions