11 thoughts on “Fela Kuti :: Koola Lobitos ’69 Los Angeles Sessions

  1. Thanks for these. Last Fela kick I was on was thanks to a post from that guy ^^^ a year or two back. So right about the season, though–gave him a spin during a BBQ last week. Perfecto.

  2. “what album should i start with fela?”

    Live! with the Africa 70 and Ginger Baker is insanely delicious. Just raw power and funky, jamming goodness throughout.

    For studio recordings, I’m particularly partial to Shuffering & Shmiling and Expensive Shit, although you should probably just jump in and see what you like. The earlier material is more focused and mainstream sounding, but still undoubtedly Fela. Almost anything he did in the 70s is a safe play, imo…and there’s a lot of it!


  3. I’d also recommend for those new to Fela “JJD”, a live album “coming to you direct from the Kalakuta Republic”. It was my first album of his, great intorduction.
    Also, loads of the old Koola Lobitos records are collected on a fantastic album “Lagos Baby: 1963-1969”, includes a live mini album of the band playing at the Afro Spot.

  4. How fucking cool is that dude. If I ever looked half that awesome in a photo I would bronze myself into a statue.

  5. coolest thing about this ‘sesh’ is these bros just got ratted out to Immigration by an LA promoter they were in an argument with, and were about to be sent back to Nigeria, but instead of freaking out they pooled together some cash and went to the studio.

    also check out Open & Close (1971).

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