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Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti - Why Black Man Dey Suffer.......(Transparent Yellow Vinyl LP) (Knitting Factory Records)


RELEASED: 26th January 2024

Format:  Transparent Yellow Vinyl LP
Cat No:  KFR2012-3

‘Why Black Man Dey Suffer’, recorded in 1971, was originally deemed too controversial for release by EMI, his label at the time. Having recently been schooled in the American black power movement and having taken on a new Pan-African worldview, this album served as one of Fela’s first musical soapboxes on which he challenged the colonial
injustices and corruption of the ruling elites of his time.

The title track, also featuring Ginger Baker, is a history lesson on the oppression of the African man. It details the litany of abuses the black man has suffered - from being taken as slaves, to having an alien people impose a new culture upon them, taking their land, fighting them, and setting them against one another.

‘Ikoyi Mentality’ firmly expresses Fela’s identification with the downtrodden masses and his
rejection of the ways of the ruling class inhabitants of the Ikoyi neighbourhood in Lagos.

It has been repressed onto translucent yellow vinyl housed in a printed inner and single
sleeve jacket.


Why Black Man Dey Suffer
Ikoyi Mentality vs Mushin Mentality