Fela Kuti - Live in Detroit 1986
- Stewart Smith
- 15 June 2012
Classic performance of relentless militant funk
Live In Detroit 1986 captures Fela Kuti on his first American tour, delivering a jaw-dropping two-and-a-half-hour set of afrobeat that crackles with energy. Recently freed from a politically motivated sentence in Nigeria, Kuti speaks truth to power via radical chants and relentless militant funk. His introduction to ‘Just Like That’ sets the tone – ‘In my home country, they can put you in prison. Just. Like. That.’ – and the set closes with a slowly simmering version of his anti-apartheid anthem ‘Beasts of No Nation’. Egypt 80 punctuate their hypnotic grooves and fierce agit-funk with blaring horn riffs and squalling saxophone, breaking into a martial strut on ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense’, all carnival whistles and ecstatic yawp.