October 8, 2009


Since it is widely accepted logic around these parts that Fela Kuti is the G.O.A.T., I’d be remiss not to mention the Felabrations being held in 15 cities across North America over the next month. According to the flacks, “the original Felabrations date back to the early 1970s when Fela and his band took over the courtyard of the Empire Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, and performed several nights a week to thousands of worshipping fans.” Last time I checked, those are called concerts. However, the Felatiasts (someone had to go there) are also giving away a free MP3 of “Zombie,” the incendiary 1977 masterpiece that triggered the tragic attack on the Kalakuta Republic that ultimately took Fela’s mothers life. One of his most powerful and caustic songs, “Zombie” equates the fierce drones of the Obasanjo military with zombies, which mysteriously caused his invitation to the President’s House to get lost in the mail. You want this song in your life, if nothing else to wash out the bad taste left by the Cranberries.

MP3: Fela Kuti-“Zombie”

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