FELA KUTI

Open & Close (Reissue)

Knitting Factory Records

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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

Tracklist

Side A
1. Open & Close

Side B
1. Swegbe & Pako
2. Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo