Nigeria 70, Ololufe Mi (My Lover)

by Landry on April 21, 2009

Feed your soul with Fela Kuti‘s big fat groovy sound. From the inventor of Afrobeat and his group, Koola Lobitos, this track is the first on Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970′s Funky Lagos, a diverse 2-Disc compilation.

Spacious and warm,

Ololufe Mi

flows like lazy molasses on a hot summer day in a classic funk progression infused with African jazz, adorned with amazing horns and anchored by simple yet powerful bass like a jug full of sunshine. It’s easy to envision yourself in the room bobbing around next to the percussionist, at one with the endless groove.

A mammoth personality and musical influence, Fela was a multi-instrumentalist and grand showman who, apparently, preferred to wear not much more than his undies.

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