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Boomkat Product Review:
Recorded at Abbey Road in 1971, "Fela's London Scene" marked a return to the UK after Fela had achieved huge success in Nigeria, sparking a creative period for the Afrobeat pioneer.
Fela originally went to England to study medicine, but ended up at London's Trinity College School of Music. When he finished his studies, he headed back to Lagos and alongside his band Koola Lobitios pioneered a new sound, folding jazz and funk from America into traditional Nigerian sounds and labeling it Afrobeat. As his star rose, EMI were desperate to record his output and brought him back to London to Abbey Road; "Fela's London Scene" is the result and catches him at a pivotal time in his career.
Working with drummer Tony Allen and Cream's Ginger Baker, who plays uncredited on 'Egbe Moi (Carry Me)' having hung out with Fela in Lagos, this set of high quality recordings captures the energy Fela and his band were generating in 1971. Angry and political (just check 'Buy Africa') as well as jubilant and groovy, "Fela's London Scene" is a just inarguabkly killer, as well as a good entry point for newbs.