Fela Kuti is a Nigerian Afrobeat composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist widely regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fela Kuti's classic Open & Close, Knitting Factory Records and Cooking Vinyl Australia are pleased to announce the first vinyl pressing since the 1980s. This edition features a return to the original gatefold jacket and contains side B tracks Swegbe & Pako, and Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo’.
"Perhaps the distinguishing factors of records like Open & Close and some of Fela's other '70s releases are that as much as he liked to ride a groove, he also liked to disrupt it, twist it and turn it, reshape it, only to bring it back to its original shape. There was less of that later in his career.” – AllMusic
1. Open & Close
1. Swegbe & Pako
2. Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo