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Yellow Fever by Fela Kuti

Yellow Fever

by Fela Kuti


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Barcode: 0720841206019
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
Sleeve: Mint (M)

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“Yellow Fever” is a groundbreaking album by Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, released in 1976 on Decca’s West African imprint, Afrodisia. The album is known for its controversial lyrics and its critique of cultural issues prevalent in Nigerian society at the time.

The title track, “Yellow Fever,” addresses the practice of skin whitening among Nigerian women, which Fela saw as a manifestation of the post-colonial cultural inferiority complex. Sung in Broken English, the song condemns the use of skin bleaching creams and highlights the harmful effects of these products. Fela uses vivid imagery to contrast the consequences of catching an “original” fever, such as flu or malaria, with those of catching an “artificial” fever, such as the obsession with skin bleaching.

The album sleeve, designed by artist Ghariokwu Lemi, features striking imagery that reinforces the message of the song. Lemi’s artwork depicts a woman with patchy skin and includes a fictional skin bleaching cream called “Soyoyo Cream Skin Bleacher,” highlighting the dangers of such products.

The second track, “Na Poi,” delves into graphic descriptions of sexual encounters, exploring the intimate aspects of relationships between men and women. While the lyrics may lack depth, the song is propelled by Afrika 70’s energetic performance, showcasing the band’s musical prowess.

“Yellow Fever” is a powerful commentary on societal issues and remains relevant today, reflecting Fela Kuti’s commitment to using his music as a platform for social change.

A Yellow Fever
B Na Poi '75
Catalogue No.: KFR2024-1
Barcode: 0720841206019
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul, Folk, World, Country
Style: Afrobeat
Label: Knitting Factory Records
Released: 2019
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, undefined

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