Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos - Highlife, Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)
Fela Ransome Kuti is best known for creating afrobeat, a form of danceable African classical music infused with strong socio-political messages. It did, however, take years for him to define the sound and approach.
This compilation traces Fela’s musical evolution in the decade before he formed the famous Africa 70, creating what would become afrobeat. Mapping out his steps from highlife (a genre considered to be a West African slant on jazz) to soul to the beginnings of afrobeat, this album gives a new insight into the hybrid of influences which became afrobeat.
The story of Fela’s recordings with Koola Lobitos begins in London where he studied trumpet at Trinity College. Upon returning to Lagos in 1963 Fela had aspirations of becoming a successful modern jazz musician and became the leader of Koola Lobitos, a popular dance band.
‘Highlife: Jazz And Afro-Soul (1963 - 1969)’ is a unique 3CD / digital download set of all the Koola Lobitos recordings with a 14 page booklet including a full discography and essay by noted Fela scholar and author Michael Veal.