Fela Kuti 'ITT' LP
In response to popular demand Knitting Factory Records reissue seven of Nigerian icon and Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti’s most important albums. This will be the first time they are released individually since their original vinyl release in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s. The LPs feature the original releases’ iconic artwork and include digital download card and liner notes. The seven LPs were included in the third Fela Kuti box set, curated by Brian Eno and released in 2014. This is the first time these titles have been released individually on vinyl.
‘ITT’ (International Thief Thief) was recorded following Afrika 70’s disintegration and the formation of Egypt 80. At the time of its release, the name of this album would have been recognized by any Nigerian as the acronym for International Telephone & Telegraph, Nigeria’s biggest telecommunications conglomerate. In this track, however, Fela used the acronym satirically. On the tracks Fela makes highly insulting, personal attacks on former Nigerian president General Obasanjo and Moshood Abiola, the local chief executive of the multinational corporations International Telephone & Telegraph and Decca Records.
Catalogue number: KFR2038-1
Label: Knitting Factory