Fela Kuti - Alu Jon Jonki Jon (Edit) (Official Audio)Alu Jon Jonki Jon is a traditional moonlight tale, made into a song. Yoruba mythology makes constant references to inter-reaction between the human and the animal world—a CO-habitation between the two worlds. Once there was a great famine that ravaged the entire world, so goes the tale. To survive this famine, all animals agreed to sacrifice their mothers in the collective cooking-pot. When it came to the turn of the dog, the other animals discovered that he had secretly hidden away his mother in heaven. Alu Jon Jon Ki Jon, the other animals chorused after the dog, treating him as a selfish and dishonest comrade.
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Full Afrodisiac LP audio, with commentary from Afrobeat Historian Chris May, here: https://youtu.be/rh9hI8AjK8s
Fela Ransome – Kuti & The Africa ’70 Afrodisiac (45rpm Green & Red Marble Vinyl 2LP)
Pressed on 1 Green Marble Vinyl & Red Marble Vinyl!
Afrodisiac is the fifth in the series of celebratory Fela 50th Anniversary reissues. Like its predecessors in the series, this double LP edition is on color vinyl; the A/B side is green marble and C/D side is on red marble. The LP is wrapped in a gold foil OBI strip with a brief essay on the album and Fela’s global impact on music.
The songs on Afrodisiac were tracks that Fela and the Nigeria 70 (Later Africa 70) re-recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1972 after they had become hits in Nigeria. The best known song on the album is “Jeun Ko Ku,” a satire about gluttony and Fela’s first major hit across West Africa. In Pidgin English the title means “chop and quench”, which, in turn, means “eat and die” in Standard English.
Afrodisiac was first re-issued on vinyl in 2014 as part of the Fela Box Set #3 curated by Brian Eno.
- Alu Jon Jonki Jon
- Jeun Ko Ku (Chop’n Quench)
- Eko Ile
- Je’nwi Temi (Don’t Gag Me)