In early 1965, just as the West African High-life scene was becoming rather a drag, and everybody was bored with it all, the revolutionary sound of Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos burst upon us.
This fantastic sound now as a permanent place in West African Music - and is rapidly becoming popular in other parts of the world.
A strikingly original Musicia, Fela Ransome Kuti was trained at the Trinity College of Music, London. From the very first, he was influenced by those "greats" of the jazz world - Thad Jones and Miles Davis.
He gained much practical Experience doing spare time "gigs" with London-based jazz-men.
A very talented Musician - Fela's customary instrument is the trumpet (did you ever doubt it!) but he is also swinging pianist and rave vocalist. He is also composer and arranger. A Musicians' Musician in fact.
To maintain his reputation as West Africa's leading Musician, Fela is continuously experimenting with varying forms of High-life and other exotic rythmic patterns. The result of those experiments are evident on all the numbers of this LP.
Even the old familiar numbers have that new and original High-life tempo that Fela has made his own.
Many so-called original bands have found fleeting success on the West African scene - only to fade quickly into obscurity. Because of his creative talent, his continual search for new sound and new musical expression, we can be sure that Fela, and his music, are going to be with us a very long time indeed.
Benson Idonije A1. (00:19) - Signature Tune A2. (05:20) - It's Highlife Time A3. (03:32) - Lagos Baby A4. (03:50) - Omuti A5. (05:16) - Olulufe A6. (04:54) - Araba's Delight (J.O.Araba) B1. (04:05) - Wa Dele B2. (04:12) - Lal Se B3. (04:41) - Mi O Mo B4. (04:47) - Obinrin Le B5. (05:01) - Omo Ejo