Fela Kuti, No Agreement

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

No Agreement

Fela Kuti
Classic grooves from Nigeria’s funkiest.

During his lifetime, Nigerian Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti made over 60 albums, most of them containing only one or two looooong songs. With a pair of 15-minute-plus grooves, "Dog Eat Dog" occupying the A-side and the title track on the flip, 1977's No Agreement is typical. So is the album's defiant lyrical stance — Fela was notorious for tweaking authority in and around his native Lagos, and he would suffer for it, being sentenced to prison the same year for neither the first nor last time.