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Fela Kuti – Expensive Shit

What our staff has to say: “True Afrobeat masterpiece. Blacker than dread. Hasn’t left my turntable in weeks – and I’m still pissed off. The sound of Nigeria 1974/ 1975. Revolution now!!!” – Brandon

Nigerian police, seeking to put down this independent-minded rascal, tried to plant a joint on Kuti during a gathering at his home. Wise to their plan, he quickly swallowed the joint, but the police then threw him in jail to produce the evidence from his faeces. He escaped charges with some wily plotting, and then produced this song mocking the police for wasting resources on hassling him instead of furthering justice in Nigeria. Opening brass rounds give way to interplay between Fela’s narration about the episode and responses from his group of female singers.