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Fela Kuti: Hear His Long-lost Debut Recording

Long before he became the king of Afrobeat, and one of the most inspirational figures in African culture, Fela Ransome-Kuti was already a recording musician. His early recordings were in the highlife style, the first modern popular music of Ghana and Nigeria. Fela’s Special, premiered here, was one of his first recordings (alongside the track Aigana), which has recently been rediscovered and appears on the new compilation from Soundway Records, Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings from London and Lagos – 1954-66.

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