Confusion (1974)

by Fela Kuti

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solidkarma Not one second of this song needs be shaved off. From the freeform intro to the frantic call-and-response between Fela and his women (underpinned by a killer bassline), this is one of Fela's greatest creations of Afrobeat.
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Moni A psychedelic and mystical intro on this epic song. Confusion parts 1 and 2 ... "Pafuka na quench". The dubbed electric piano riff reminds me of Speed Racer.
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This Afrobeat epic contains just one eponymous track clocking in at just over 25 minutes in length, and beginning with a mysterious and psychedelic musical interplay between Fela on organ and Tony Allen on drums. As the song takes on a righteously funky groove, Fela evokes the chaos of Lagos — the multitude of regional dialects, the gnarly traffic jams, the absence of a policeman to take charge — as a metaphor for the larger problems of post-colonial Nigeria.


released February 2, 2010



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Over a decade after his death, vindication has come to Fela Kuti, Africa’s musical genius. AfroBeat, his gift to the world, is now an international staple on his own uncompromising terms, social content intact.

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