Fela Kuti || I Go Shout Plenty Record Store Day 10″

We’re thrilled to take part in this year’s Record Store Day on April 16 with the exclusive release of two Fela Kuti recordings from the 1980’s together in the I Go Shout Plenty 10″! Side A features the 1986 recording of “I Go Shout Plenty” and Side B features “Frustration,” the 1983 B Side of “Perambulator”. Vinyl Factory shared more info on the release, including a note from Afro-beat historian Chris May:

“Frustration” (original working title: “Frustration of My Lady”) has its origins in the song “My Lady Frustration,” which Fela wrote for his American girlfriend Sandra Izsadore and recorded with Nigeria 70, Afrika 70’s immediate forerunner, in Los Angeles in 1969. The earlier version is a gritty blend of highlife and rhythm & blues, with minimal vocals, and is a fine example of Nigeria 70’s proto-Afrobeat. The 1976 version drops the vocals but retains the song’s signature horn-section riff, and introduces the classic Afrobeat rhythm-pattern in place of the earlier highlife/R&B hybrid. There are extended solos from Fela on organ and Tunde Williams on trumpet and, probably, Christopher Uwaifor on tenor sax. Williams’ solo includes references to Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way,” which he first heard in Los Angeles in 1969, the year Davis’ album of the same name was released.

“I Go Shout Plenty” is taken at a faster pace and includes a lyric, sung by Fela in call and response with the Afrika 70 back-up vocalists, in which Fela asserts his right to raise his voice in opposition to the Nigerian authorities. There are three, relatively short solos, again on organ, trumpet and tenor sax, and some catchy interplay between tenor guitar and rhythm guitar.

Head to Record Store Day’s official site for a complete list of all participating stores.

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