FELA KUTI - COFFIN FOR HEAD OF STATE

FELA KUTI - COFFIN FOR HEAD OF STATE

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After the sacking and burning of FelaÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓÌös Kalakuta Republic in 1977, Fela wrote several musical responses attacking the culpable Nigerian government, including this mournful tribute to his mother. During the raid, FelaÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓÌös mother Funmilayo was thrown out of a second story window, sustaining multiple, severe injuries. She eventually passed away due to medical complications, and Fela, his wives, and his followers, in a bold act of grief and defiance, carried his motherÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓÌös coffin to the front gate of the army barracks, asserting that his dead mother in the coffin should assume the position of president of Nigeria. Musically The songÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓÌös slow, steady beat and repetitive structure mimics the march up to the barracks, while the lyrics and tone reflect FelaÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓÌös overwhelming sadness over the loss of his mother and the state of his beloved Nigeria. Ì_Ì_́Ì__Ì_•À_Coffin For Head of StateÌ_Ì_́‰ÛӕÀ_ is FelaÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓÌös somber excoriation of those that, Ì_Ì_́Ì__Ì_•À_through Jesus Christ our LordÌ_Ì_́‰ÛӕÀ_, corrupt, steal and rob the African people.

1. Coffin For Head Of State