Fela Kuti discography

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This is a discography for Fela Anikulapo Kuti, or simply Fela, a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick.[1]

Year Title Label
1963/69 Lagos Baby 1963–1969 (39 track 2-CD set covering Fela's "Jazz & Highlife" recordings from 1963/65 and his "Soul & Afrobeat" recordings from 1966/69) Vampisoul
1964/68 Koola Lobitos 64–68 (six previously unreleased tracks on a 2001 CD that also includes The '69 Los Angeles Sessions) Wrasse/MCA Universal
1969 The '69 Los Angeles Sessions (the 2001 CD also contains Koola Lobitos 64–68) Wrasse Records / MCA Universal
1971 Fela's London Scene (FEHIN FEHINChop Teeth-Chop Teeth / Egbe Mi O (Carry Me) / Who're You / Buy Africa / Fight To Finish) Wrasse/MCA Universal
1971 Why Black Man Dey Suffer (b/w Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality) Wrasse/MCA Universal/Knitting Factory Records
1971 Live! (with Ginger Baker) Let's Start / Black Man's Cry / Ye Ye De Smell / Egde Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die) The 2001 CD release adds Ginger Baker & Tony Allen Drum Solo (Live at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival as a bonus track. Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1972 Stratavarious Ginger Baker (Fela and various band members are on the tracks Ariwo / Iiwa (It's Our Own) / Something Nice / Ju Ju only) Polydor Records
1972 Na Poi (Part 1&2) (b/w You No Go Die...Unless) paired with Yellow Fever on the 1997 CD release Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1972 Open & Close (b/w Swegbe And Pako / Gbagada Gbagada) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1972 Shakara Lady / Shakara (Oloje) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1972 Roforofo Fight: Music of Fela (Roforofo Fight / Go Slow) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1972 Question Jam Answer: Music of Fela Vol. 2 (Question Jam Answer / Trouble Sleep Yanga Wahe Am / Shenshema / Ariya) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1973 Afrodisiac Alu Jon Jonki / Jeun Ko Ku (Chop & Quench) / Eko ille / Je'Nmi Temi (Don't Gag Me) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1973 Gentleman (Gentleman / FEFE NAA EFE / IGBE) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1974 Alagbon Close (b/w I No Get Eye For Back) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1975 Noise for Vendor Mouth Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1975 Confusion (Confusion Part 1&2) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1975 Everything Scatter / Who No Know Go Know Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1975 He Miss Road (b/w Monday Morning in Lagos / It's No Possible) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1975 Expensive Shit (b/w Water No Get Enemy) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Unnecessary Begging (b/w No Buredi (No Bread)) EMI Nigeria/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Kalakuta Show (b/w Don't Make Garan Garan) paired with Ikoyi Blindness on the 2001 CD Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Upside Down (b/w Go Slow) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Ikoyi Blindness b/w Gba Mi Leti Ki N'Dolowo (Slap Me Make I Get Money) paired with Kalakuta Show on the 2001 CD Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana (Monkey Banana b/w Sense Wiseness) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Excuse O (b/w Mr. Grammarticalogylisationalism Is The Boss) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 Zombie (Zombie b/w Mister Follow Follow) The 2001 MCA Universal CD release adds 2 previously unreleased cuts, Observation Is No Crime & Mistake (Live at the Berlin Jazz Festival-1978) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1976 Yellow Fever/Na Poi (1997 CD includes: Yellow Fever / Na Poi (1975 version) / Na Poi (Parts 1&2) / You No Go Die...Unless) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 Opposite People (b/w Equalisation of Trouser And Pant) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 Fear Not For Man (b/w Palm Wine Sound [Instrumental]) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 Stalemate b/w Don't Worry About My Mouth O (African Message) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 Observation No Crime (also included on the Wrasse/MCA Universal CD issue of Zombie as Observation Is No Crime) EMI Nigeria
1977 J.D.D. (Johnny Just Drop) Live!! at Kalakuta Republic Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 I Go Shout Plenty (b/w Frustration of My Lady) I Go Shout Plenty unreleased until 1986, Frustration of My Lady unreleased until 1983 under the shortened title Lady
1977 No Agreement (b/w Dog Eat Dog [Instrumental]) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1977 Sorrow Tears and Blood (b/w Colonial Mentality) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1978 Shuffering and Shmiling Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1979 Unknown Soldier (Part 1 & 2) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1979 V.I.P. (Vagabonds in Power) Part 1&2 – Live in Berlin Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1980 Coffin for Head of State Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1980 I.T.T. (International Thief Thief) Part 1&2 paired with Original Sufferhead on the 1997 CD Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1980 Music of Many Colours (with Roy Ayers) (2000 Blacks Got To Be Free b/w Africa Centre of the World) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1980 Authority Stealing (Parts 1&2) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1981 Black President (Sorrow, Tears And Blood, Colonial Mentality, I.T.T. (International Thief Thief)) Arista Records
1981 Original Suffer-Head (b/w Power Show) paired with I.T.T. on the 1997 CD Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1983 Perambulator (b/w Frustration) recorded 1977 Lagos International
1983 Lady (b/w Lady part 2) recorded 1977 under the title Frustration of My Lady EMI
1983 Live in Amsterdam (M.O.P. (Movement of the People) Political Statement Number 1 / You Gimme Shit I Give You Shit / Custom Check Point) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1985 Army Arrangement the 2001 MCA Universal CD adds Government Chicken Boy (previously unreleased original version) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1985 Army Arrangement (Cross Examination / Government Chicken Boy / Army Arrangement) (Fela later disowned this version Produced by Bill Laswell who added session musicians to the original tracks) YABA / Celluloid Records
1986 Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (b/w Look And Laugh) the 2001 MCA Universal CD adds Just Like That, a track that was left off of Beast of No Nation's CD release due to time constraints. Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1986 I Go Shout Plenty (b/w Why Black Man Dey Suffer) A-side recorded 1977 Decca Afrodisia Records
1989 Beasts of No Nation (b/w Just like That) (b/w O.D.O.O. on the 2001 CD release) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1989 O.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake) (b/w Confusion Break Bones (C.B.B.)) (O.D.O.O. was included on the 2001 Beasts of No Nation CD release) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1992 U.S. (Underground System) (b/w Pansa Pansa) (the 2001 CD release adds Confusion Break Bones (C.B.B.) which was previously the B-Side of the O.D.O.O. album) Barclay Records/Wrasse/MCA Universal
1996 Buy America Movie Play Gold
1998 Perambulator / Original Sufferhead Japanese CD, also includes Frustration (instrumental) and Power Show Victor
1999 The Best Best of Fela Kuti (re-issued in 2009 as The Best of the Black President) Barclay/Wrasse/MCA Universal[2]/Wrasse Records (2002)[3]/Knitting Factory Records (2009)
2004 The Underground Spiritual Game Quannum Projects
2007 Anthology 1 (2CD+DVD Set covering his Early Years and pre-1975 Africa 70 recordings. The DVD includes the 1984 documentary Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense) Wrasse/MCA Universal
2009 Anthology 2 (2CD+DVD Set of Africa 70 recordings from 1975 to 1980. The DVD includes the 1978 concert film Fela Live in Berlin) Wrasse/MCA Universal
2012 Live in Detroit, 1986 Knitting Factory Records, Strut Records

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