Gentleman (1973)

Knitting Factory Records

 

  • Gentleman (1973)
  • Gentleman (1973)

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Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the long-awaited vinyl reissue of Gentleman.

With the exception of some lo-fi pirate editions, this Knitting Factory Records reissue series is the first time Fela's LPs have been made available as individual vinyl albums since they were originally released during his lifetime.

The title track of this excellent album has often been hailed as Fela’s masterpiece. Musically innovative, melodically addictive, Fela got it all right in this politically scathing song in which he opposes Westernization and those who imitate Western ways. “I’m no be gentleman at all,” Fela sings, and then goes on to detail the ways in which he’s a “true African origina” — and therefore superior to those who wear three-piece suits and hold tight to their colonial mentality. Fela follows this track with Fefe Na Efe, which derives its name from an Ashanti proverb describing the beauty of a woman holding her breasts as she runs. Fela, who had many Ghanaian fans (and more than a few Ghanaian wives and girlfriends), sings this lush track as a tribute to Ghana. Finally, “Igbe” again shows the artist breaking cultural taboos by singing literally and figuratively about “shit”, as the word translates to, attaching the word to those friends who may betray you.

TRACKLIST

Disc 1

01. Gentleman
02. Fefe Naa Efe
03. Igbe

Disc 2 (CD Only)

01. Confusion Part I
02. Confusion Part II

Standard Black Vinyl LP with Download Card (MP3)

Vinyl reissue released October 14, 2016

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