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Knitting Factory Records

Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears and Blood

$39.00

Knitting Factory Records

Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears and Blood

$39.00

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“Fela wrote 'Sorrow Tears and Blood' as a response to the Soweto Uprising of 1976 in which thousands of South African students protested the forced teaching of Afrikaans, the colonial language of Apartheid. During the uprising and the ensuing riots, hundreds of students were killed. The song calls out killings that have gone on in the name of authority and totalitarian rule as well as the instruments of repression of colonial Africa – the police and the army. In this way the song indirectly references the brutality that Fela and his family have experienced in the series of raids on his family compound, the Kalakuta Republic. The musical composition parallels the somber tone of the lyrics; focused and direct, the track avoids the bombastic funk of many of Fela’s compositions.

“Colonial Mentality” follows in the same manner, pointing out that those who wish to live in a post-colonial mentality are in essence living as slaves. Musically, the Africa 70 returns to a more funk and jazzy grooves while relaying a pertinent message to those who looked to Fela as a leader of the resistance.” - Fela Kuti Bandcamp

"Sorrow Tears and Blood" is neither a full-blown, uptempo funk drone nor a somber dirge. The even-handed, midtempo groove trots along at a steady pace and features some comparatively sedate sax work from Kuti. Even the instrumental introduction -- which has been known to clock in at over five minutes -- is reduced to well under three. His lyrics are starkly direct -- "Everybody run, run, run/Everybody scatter, scatter/Some people lost some bread/Some people just die" -- yet the emotive center is gone. Perhaps this is the result of fear, shellshock, or a combination of the two. Kuti's words, however, remain as indicting as ever: "Them leave sorrow, tears, and blood/Them regular trademark.” - AllMusic

 

 

Item description:

Artist:

Fela Kuti And Afrika 70

Title:

Sorrow Tears And Blood

Label:

Knitting Factory Records

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 1977

Genre:

World

Style:

Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz

Catalog No:

KFR2030-1

Condition:

New