Fela Kuti - Zombie - CD

Fela Kuti - Zombie - CD



Fela in his life time was never 'a good bed-fellow' of the military institution. As a political activist, he believed the army should operate under the mandate of a civil government.

If national interest compels the armed forces to intervene in government, the army is obliged to hand over power to a new civil government elected by the people and enjoying their mandate. To do otherwise is to usurp power particularly since a soldier's duty is not to seek a political mandate. For emphasis in the song, he narrates the military in motion comparing their orientation to the Zombie, without minds of their own. Fela paid a big price for this bold condemnation of the military institution.

One thousand members of the Nigerian army attacked and burnt down his house after the release of the record. The tribunal set up to investigate the cause of the attack as a result of the public out-cry against the army, heard, as part of the evidence presented, an example of the Zombie album cover with the military uniform and boots displayed boldly.

Mr. Follow Follow is about those who allow themselves to be led blindly by others. Since nobody can live in isolation, Fela sings about those who follow with their eyes wide open and those who follow with their eyes closed.

For the first time, Fela's listeners have the pleasure of two bonus UN-released tracks in 'Observation Is No Crime' and 'Mistake'.  Unlike all other works from these 'Best Of' compilations, 'Observation Is No Crime' is one of the few tracks Fela performed live but never recorded in the studio or released.

1. Zombie
2. Mister Follow Follow
3. Observation Is No Crime
4. Mistake