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Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power) Vol. 1 Live In Berlin (LP, Album, RE) Mint (M) / Mint (M)

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power) Vol. 1 Live In Berlin (LP, Album, RE) Mint (M) / Mint (M)

Knitting Factory Records,Jofabro

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Summary: Vinyl, LP1, V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power) Vol. 1 Live In Berlin, Fela Kuti & Africa 70, 2019, US

Media Condition:  Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)
Country:    US  
Genre:       Funk / Soul
Style:         Afrobeat

New & Sealed.


Near-facsimile reissue of a record originally released in 1979. On the rear sleeve: ℗ 1979, 2017 FAK under exclusive license to Knitting Factory Records Inc. © 2017 Knitting Factory Records Inc. On labels: ℗ 1979 On Side A the music of "V.I.P. Part I" starts at 5:59, after applause, an introduction in German, a speech by Kwesi Yoffe, a very short band intro and a speech by Fela himself.


A. V.I.P. (Part I) 13:15
B. V.I.P. (Part II) 9:50


Barcode and Other Identifiers:

Barcode 720841204718
Matrix / Runout 161781E1/A
Matrix / Runout 161781E2/A


Phonographic Copyright (p) FAK (2)
Licensed To Knitting Factory Records Inc.
Copyright (c) Knitting Factory Records Inc.
Published By Copyright Control
Pressed By GZ Media

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The lyric for “Vagabonds in Power” was inspired by an encounter Fela had with Sam Nujoma, leader of the Namibian liberation movement, the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), on a flight to Lagos in 1978. During the flight, Fela was troubled by Nujoma’s slogan “the struggle continues.” Fela flashed that Nujoma, who was travelling first class, was happy for the Namibian civil war to continue indefinitely, for while it did, he enjoyed a life of comfort elsewhere. Fela’s scepticism increased when after landing at Lagos, Nujoma and his party were whisked away in a fleet of government limos. “…Him no know hungry people,” sings Fela, “him no know jobless people, him no know homeless people, him no know suffering people, him go dey ride best car, him go dey chop best food, him go dey live best house, him go dey waka for road, you go dey commot for road for am, him go dey steal money…” Would Nujoma’s frontline fighters, asks Fela, be treated in the same way?

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