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Rare interview with Fela Kuti found in charity shop in London



fela ransome kuti who re you
Feal Kuti - Rare radio interview found in a charity shop
by Duncan Ballantyne, Label Manager, Soundway Records

"Having recently picked up some old reel to reel tapes at a Help the Aged shop round the corner from my house i was pretty astonished to hear this recording of Fela being interviewed in London just before he went on this major tour with Ginger Baker. Recognise the song in the background? That is the lead track on Soundway's latest album, although a version. We’re particularly fond of the delivery from the presenter but not so keen on his lack of English decorum when it comes to his opinions on Fela’s vocals. A very bizarre coincidence but a happy one and hopefully this will amuse and entertain – check the rare original version of the track on Nigeria Afrobeat Special".

Fela Ransome Kuti Who Re You
Feal Kuti - Rare radio interview found in a charity shop
by Duncan Ballantyne, Label Manager, Soundway Records

For all fans of Fela Kuti and afrobeat here's something a little bit different.

Soundway's latest album, Nigeria Afrobeat Special, is available in February 2010 and those of you who have heard it will no doubt be enjoying the standout lead track by Fela Ransome Kuti called Who're You?.

Who're You? was the third 45 released by the band after their return to Nigeria (after Jeun K'Oku and Na Fight O) and it continues in the same powerful, barnstorming style that they became known for. The record was released in early 1971. Later that year, Fela and Africa 70 travelled to London for a series of concerts with Ginger Baker, which established their reputation there and saw them recording at the EMI studios on Abbey Road.

Here's the interesting part! (Duncan Ballantyne, Label Manager, Soundway Records)

"Having recently picked up some old reel to reel tapes at a Help the Aged shop round the corner from my house i was pretty astonished to hear this recording of Fela being interviewed in London just before he went on this major tour with Ginger Baker. Recognise the song in the background? That is the lead track on Soundway's latest album, although a version. We're particularly fond of the delivery from the presenter but not so keen on his lack of English decorum when it comes to his opinions on Fela's vocals".

"A very bizarre coincidence but a happy one and hopefully this will amuse and entertain – check the rare original version of the track on Nigeria Afrobeat Special".



Links :
Nigeria Afrobeat Special - The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria
CD/Triple LP - Release Date: Late February 2010 (Territory dependent)
soundwayrecords.com
Label & distribution inquiries: kartelcreative.co.uk
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