Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Water No Get Enemy

A classic from Fela and his band ‘Africa 70’ – this appeared on his 1975 album ‘Expensive Shit’.

By the time this song was released, Fela had already honed his unique sound. He had travelled to the US in 1969, watched James Brown and the JBs in action, and learnt of the Black Panther movement. He took some of the musical elements he heard – the horn arrangements and bottom heavy funk – and fused them with contemporary Yoruba musical rhythms. The result would come to be known as ‘afrobeat’.


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