FELA KUTI - UPSIDE DOWN

FELA KUTI - UPSIDE DOWN

$39.99

LP

Sandra, the woman who stood by Fela and also brought him in contact with the Black Panther during his transformation years in the United States, came back to visit a highly popular and successful Fela in Nigeria in 1976.

Upside Down was written by Fela to portray a worldly travelled African, who searches the dictionary, and finds the definition of upside downÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_ÌÇÌ_•À_Ì_ÌÇÌ_̍a perfect description of the African situation. 'I have travelled widely all over the world like any professorÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_ÌÇÌ_•À__' Fela makes Sandra sing: Ì_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_Ìǒ�ՕÀ_The thing I have seen I will like to talk about upside-up and downside-down, in overseas! Everything is organise. Their system organise! They have their own names!Ì_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__å´ÌÜ_ But back home in Africa, everything is: 'head for down yanish for up! Everything is disorganise!'. Meaning back home, everything is totally disorganizedÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_ÌÇÌ_•À_Ì_ÌÇÌ_̍Upside Down

Go Slow is about the crawling Lagos traffic jam that symbolizes the confusion that reigns in Nigeria. Fela compares the traffic situation with a person in jail. He says: 'you have to be a man in life!'.

That is a natural instinct in man but when caught in Lagos traffic, all your aspirations and confidence as a man will wither away. You feel suddenly incapacitated, like a man in jail. Or how would you feel driving on a Lagos road and suddenly, in your front there is a lorry to your left a taxi cab, all vehicles in a standstill. Also to your right, a tipper truck and behind you a 'molues' passenger bus and above you a helicopter flying. To complete the picture of you imprisoned on the Lagos highway.

1. Upside Down
2. Go Slow