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Artist:Fela Kuti
Desc:The song that got Fela savagely beaten and his mother thrown to her death.
Category:Music Videos, World - Ethnic - International
Tags:Afrobeat
Submitted:Myrmidon
Date:02/08/10
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Innocent Bystander
Hey someone submits something good once in a while!
teethsalad
"In 1977 Fela and the Afrika 70 released the hit album Zombie, a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military. The album was a smash hit with the people and infuriated the government, setting off a vicious attack against the Kalakuta Republic, during which one thousand soldiers attacked the commune. Fela was severely beaten, and his elderly mother was thrown from a window, causing fatal injuries. The Kalakuta Republic was burned, and Fela's studio, instruments, and master tapes were destroyed. Fela claimed that he would have been killed if it was not for the intervention of a commanding officer as he was being beaten. Fela's response to the attack was to deliver his mother's coffin to the Dodan Barracks in Lagos, General Olusegun Obasanjo's residence, and to write two songs, "Coffin for Head of State" and "Unknown Soldier," referencing the official inquiry that claimed the commune had been destroyed by an unknown soldier."
(from wikipedia)
La Loco
Brilliant artist, they had a musical called Fella in NY but I'm always skeptical about things based on people I like.
Mister Yuck
If you ever get the chance, see his son Femi live. It's lots and lots of fun.
James Woods
:D
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