Fela – Perambulator / Orginal Sufferhead

As requested, more Fela Kuti for Robel’s and your ears. The first LP is Perambulator whose cover credits the record to “The Black President Chief Priest Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the Egypt 80 Band”; however, it’s not really an Egypt 80 record since both sides were actually recorded back in 1977, when Fela still had his Afrika 70 band.

“Perambulator” first appeared in 1978 as the B-side to the French issue of Shuffering and Shmiling; “Frustration” (a.k.a. “Frustration of My Lady”) was set to be the B-side to 1977’s I Go Shout Plenty LP, which Decca ended up not releasing. “Frustration” is a re-recording of “My Lady’s Frustration,” the number Fela composed at the piano at Sandra Smith’s (Sandra Izsadore) house in Los Angeles back in 1969 when he resolved to ‘stop fooling around’ and write ‘AFRICAN music’. Upon meeting in 1969, Smith would go on to become Fela’s lover, friend, and teacher; introducing him to The Autobiography of Malcolm X and opening his eyes to Black conciousness. The rest is history. with comb & razor

Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Afrika 70 – Perambulator; Wrasse, 1983


The second LP, Original Sufferhead, released in 1981, stands as the first release from Fela’s new Egypt 80 band. The album makes criticism of the lack of basic necessities for African citizens, despite a wealth at the time from oil deposits.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Egypt 80 – Original Sufferhead; Wrasse, 1981

Original Sufferhead

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