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Two Fela Kuti Albums From 1971 To Be Reissued
Christian Eede , August 19th, 2021 19:39

The new editions of 'London Scene' and 'Live! With Ginger Baker' will mark the two records' 50th anniversary

Two Fela Kuti albums from 1971 are set to be reissued by Partisan Records this November to mark their 50th anniversary.

The first of them, London Scene, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a band that included Tony Allen, Igo Chico, Maurice Ekpo and Lekan Animashaun. The second, Live! With Ginger Baker, sees Kuti and his band combine with the former Cream drummer.

Live! also features an extended drum solo between Tony Allen and Ginger Baker, which was captured at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival and appeared on a later reissue of the album. Both parts of the solo appear together on this new reissue for the first time. You can listen to the second part of the solo above.

Partisan Records will release London Scene on November 5, 2021, and Live! With Ginger Baker on November 19, 2021.