Black Man’s Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti

Various Artists

Black Man’s Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti

  • Label: Now Again
  • Catalogue number: NA5056
  • Format: 2 x LP
  • Genres: Afro, Afro Disco, Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Beats, Cumbia, Instrumental
  • Origin: United States



  1. Cumbia Moderna De Soledad - "Shacalao" 

  2. Dan Snatch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band - "Woman Pin Down"

  3. 6th Infantry Brigade Of The Nigerian Army - "Black & Proud"

  4. Bola Johnson - "Hot Pants"

  5. Segun Bucknor - "Adebo"

  6. Bola Johnson - "Never Trust A Woman"

  7. Jerry Hansen - "Sisi Mi"

  8. Lisandro Meza - "Shacalao"

  9. Lever Brothers Say Flamingoes - "Egbi Mi O/Black Man's Cry Melody"

  10. Mosco Tiles Fonclaire Steel Orchestra - "Black Man's Cry"

  11. Sylvania East Side Symphony - "Egbi Mi O/Black Man's Cry Melody"

  12. Phirpo Y Sus Caribes - "Comencemos"

  13. Daktaris - "Up Side Down"

  14. Karl Hector & The Malcouns - "Toure Samar"

  15. Whitefield Brothers - "Lullaby For Lagos”

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This Fela Estate-approved anthology includes rare and previously unreleased music from Nigeria, Ghana, Colombia, Trinidad and more. This compilation focuses on the music Fela inspired - whether by fellow Nigerians recording alongside him in the early 70s, neighbours in Ghana, then-modern Colombian cumbia ensembles inspired by the man who injected a new feel into the Yoruban rhythms that formed cumbia's base, Trinidadian steel bands or the select few organisations left that have maintained Fela's fury in the new millennium. This is but a cursory investigation into those inspired by Fela Kuti's genius, but it is unique: the first time that many of these tracks are not only offered a second chance for worthy introspection, but, in the case of many, the first time they're being issued full stop. Compiler Egon has written extensive liner notes and sourced never before seen Fela photos and other ephemera.