Fela With Ginger Baker Live
Live! is an album recorded in 1971 by Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70, with the addition of former Cream drummer Ginger Baker on two songs. Baker travelled with Kuti into Africa in a Land Rover to learn about the continent’s rhythms, as documented in Tony Palmer’s film Ginger Baker in Africa. The muscular ‘Let’s Start’ is classic Fela – polyrhythmic, surging groove and with his guttural vocals on top, ‘Black Man’s Cry’ has a jazzier feel while ‘Ye Ye de Smell’ is a faster, more urgent slab of Afrofunk’. ‘Edge Di Meo’ is more stripped back and hypnotic. The Knitting Factory issue includes a bonus track – a 16-minute drum duet between Baker and Africa ’70’s drummer Tony Allen recorded at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival.
01 Let’s Start by Fela Kuti
02 Black Man’s Cry by Fela Kuti
03 Ye Ye De Smell by Fela Kuti
04 Edge Mi O by Fela Kuti
05 Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo by Fela Kuti