The debut highlife style recording from Nigeria’s king of Afro-beat Fela Kuti has been unearthed and included on a new compilation.
The debut recording from Nigeria’s king of Afro-beat Fela Kuti has been unearthed and included on a new compilation from Soundway Records called ‘Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings from London and Lagos – 1954-66’.
Early on in his career Fela’s music was more African highlife style, a popular music in Ghana and Nigeria. Two early recordings on the Melodisc label, previously thought lost, have been included on the compilation. They were recorded in London in 1960.
Visit Soundway Records here to pre-order and hear Fela Kuti and The Highlife Rakers ‘Fela’s Special’ and other snippets from compilation on CD, MP3 and vinyl. Release date March 16th 2015.