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Shakara - 50th Anniversary
Artist
Fela Kuti
Label
Knitting Factory Records
Catalogue Number
KFR2027-8
Release Date
January 13, 2023
  • Vinyl 1×LP, Limited Coloured

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    w/ bonus 7"

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    KFR2027-8

    This special edition LP is housed in a gatefold jacket, pressed on pink vinyl, and also includes a bonus 7”, pressed on yellow vinyl, of the two album tracks, "Lady" and "Shakara", by UK Jazz phenoms, Ezra Collective, who recently released their 2nd album “Where I’m Meant to Be”.

    Estimated release date: January 13, 2023

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Fela Kuti (1938-1997) was a Nigerian musician, producer, arranger, political radical, outlaw and the originator of Afrobeat. A titanic musical and sociopolitical voice, Fela’s legacy spans decades and genres, touching on jazz, pop, funk, hip-hop, rock and beyond.

Shakara is the 6th in the series of celebratory Fela 50th Anniversary reissues. Like its predecessors in the series, this version will be on color vinyl and the LP will be wrapped in a gold foil obi strip with a brief essay on the album and Fela's global impact on music. Like Fela's other early 70's releases, he used each side of his LPs to create a deep groove that pulls the listener in and follows with metaphoric lyrics that call out and critique the corrupt hangover of colonialism.

The album is the sound of Afrobeat's maturation as a global music. Fela's Pidgin English lyrics extend his music's audience beyond Yoruba speakers and make his words understandable across the Anglophone world. In "Lady," Fela highlights the adoption of European social habits to the detriment of African culture. "Shakara" is a mainly instrumental track, with a brief lyric, sung in Yoruba, warning against boasters and braggarts. The song pacing is festive and typically up tempo, with boisterous horn arrangements, with strong solos from Fela on keyboards and the fearsome Igo Chico on tenor saxophone.

This 50th anniversary edition is pressed on limited edition pink vinyl, with a gold foil obi strip, and is packaged with a yellow 7" featuring covers of "Lady" and "Shakara" by London band Ezra Collective. Out on Partisan Records on January 13th 2023.

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  1. 1 Shakara 13:25
  2. 2 Lady 13:49 Buy

    Lady

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