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Expensive Shit (1st Press)

Fela Kuti

(1975)
Expensive Shit (1st Press)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

3:00 AM

HIFI ROOM

8 PM SESSION. Released in 1975 under the Nigerian label Sounds Workshop, Fela Kuti's "Expensive Shit" is a groundbreaking Afrobeat album that encapsulates the fiery political activism and innovative musical genius of its creator. The original press of this iconic record features two extensive tracks, "Expensive Shit" and "Water No Get Enemy," both of which showcase Kuti's blend of traditional African rhythms, jazz, funk, and intricate percussion. The title track is a pointed critique of government corruption and police brutality, inspired by Kuti's own harrowing experiences with Nigerian authorities. The album's relentless grooves, powerful brass sections, and incisive lyrics not only highlight Kuti's mastery as a musician but also his unwavering commitment to social justice, making "Expensive Shit" a timeless and influential masterpiece.

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Released in 1975 under the Nigerian label Sounds Workshop, Fela Kuti's "Expensive Shit" is a groundbreaking Afrobeat album that encapsulates the fiery political activism and innovative musical genius of its creator. The original press of this iconic record features two extensive tracks, "Expensive Shit" and "Water No Get Enemy," both of which showcase Kuti's blend of traditional African rhythms, jazz, funk, and intricate percussion. The title track is a pointed critique of government corruption and police brutality, inspired by Kuti's own harrowing experiences with Nigerian authorities. The album's relentless grooves, powerful brass sections, and incisive lyrics not only highlight Kuti's mastery as a musician but also his unwavering commitment to social justice, making "Expensive Shit" a timeless and influential masterpiece.

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