New set of Fela reissues out: "Zombie" (free MP3 download here!)

Knitting Factory Records this week released a third set of Fela reissues in an ongoing series. The portion out this week is titled Zombie, after Fela's well-known track of the same name, which you can download here as an MP4. Seriously, it's okay, we have permission! Go on and download that classic afrofunky track!

This set includes material originally released from 1976 through 1980.

This period of Fela's storied career saw his Kalakuta Republic increasingly under siege from the Nigerian government, and the clear rise of his vitriol as it fermented into scathing musical diatribes. (...)

Tracks such as "Authority Stealing" and the international hit "Zombie" are great examples of Fela's unfiltered outpouring of raw anger towards the oppressive Nigerian government. Interestingly, the 1976 album Upside Down features the vocals of Sandra Isadore - the American woman who introduced Fela to the Black Power Movement. Music Of Many Colours is collaboration with American vibraphonist Roy Ayers.

I would add that significantly, it was during this same period that Fela's Kalakuta Republic compound burned to the ground (February 18, 1977) after a thousand armed soldiers attacked its residents. During that assault, Fela's mother was thrown from a window by soldiers. She fell into a coma, and died two months later.

The titles that are being released are: Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976), Music of Many Colours (1980), Stalemate (1977), Fear Not For Man (1977), Opposite People (1977), Sorrow, Tears and Blood (1977), Shuffering & Shmiling (1978), No Agreement (1977), V.I.P. (1979), Authority Stealing (1980).

Here's more about the Zombie set. Amazon: Album on MP3, or CD.



  1. Knitting Factory Records actually released all of this (and a little more) on mp3 to Amie Street a little over a year ago. I suggested it as a link, but no one posted it. Unfortunately, Amie Street is going to shut down sales in about 4 days due to Amazon acquiring its mp3 store in order to shut it down (Boo!!). But for the little bit while you still can, I would highly advise getting it from Amie Street. They have what is very close to Fela’s complete catalog for less than $1 per track (some of them still less than 50 cents per track). Whereas the Amazon mp3 link above has them for $3 or more per track.

    Now, it’s not like $3 is out-of-bounds for a Fela track since they range from about 8 minutes long to 24 minutes long. But still, I know that I’d rather pay less than more, especially since it’s not like buying them at the higher price is going to give Fela more incentive to produce more music given that he’s dead.

    1. I am so sorry that I didn’t know about this site and that it’s going away. There is so much amazing music here, including the Fela collection.

      And it’s going to be gone before I can get some money together to go shopping.

      Sucks to be me…:(

  2. Awww… on first reading I thought that Fela had actually come back AS a zombie in order to record new tracks. That would’ve been awesome. This is still awesome though.

    1. Oh oh Anon, from that West African Idol link: “this is obscenity, before the camera” – reality tv imitating Fela’s art and and life in one. Brilliant.

  3. Um, guys, I just bought the album on Amie for 6.93. That’s a fantastic deal considering on Amazon it is $67. Do it guys NOW, before its too late.

  4. The knitting factory has a very good deal for this collection. $39.99 for both the mp3 and apple lossless. It is $67 for just the mp3 on Amazon.

  5. Is this only reissues or are the tracks also remastered? There’s no coming around that living life without listening to Felas music is to let a fair bit of your ears capacity go to waste. The California Pot Movement should adopt Fela’s track “Expensive Shit” as their official tune.

  6. Wow… when I glanced at the top poster, I misread the type as “Zombie Felatio”.

    Good typography is SO important.

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