Item added to your cart.

Checkout
Close
ReleaseProduct
Johnny Just Drop (J.J.D.) (1977)
Artist
Fela Kuti
Label
Knitting Factory Records
Catalogue Number
KFR2026
Release Date
December 13, 2019

Recorded in autumn 1976, six months before the army attack on Kalakuta Republic, the title track is a lampoon of “been-to”s, Nigerians who had been to Europe or the US and who came back with inferiority complexes about African culture. Ghariokwu Lemi’s front-cover portrays a suited-up been-to, dressed like a cartoon British toff, as he parachutes into a Lagos street to the bemusement of passers-by. The back cover shows a more funkily dressed been-to, wearing US-style ghetto-chic, but looking equally out of place. See how these JJD’s dress and talk, sings Fela, they are trying to be foreigners. In response, the chorus repeat the single word “original.” This is a reference to Fela’s closing line on 1973’s “Gentleman” – “I no be gentleman at all-o, I be Africa man, original.”

First re-issued as part of Fela Kuti Box Set #4 curated by Erykah Badu in 2018. Originally released by Decca Afrodisia.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 J.J.D. (Parts 1 & 2) 23:20 Buy

    J.J.D. (Parts 1 & 2)

Fela Kuti

Close
Loading:
--:-- --:--

This site uses cookies. For information, please read our cookies policy.

Accept Cookies
Edit cookies preferences