Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers - Music Of Many Colours
Music Of Many Colors is a musical collaboration between the African American vibraphone player Roy Ayers and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. After a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, where Ayers performed as the opening act for Fela’s band, the two artists decided to record this joint album as a round-up to the tour.
On one side is Fela’s 'Africa Centre of the World', and on the other is Ayers' '2000 Blacks Got To Be Free.' In this song Roy says he has, like many other black men, a vision coupled with a dream that says: "…by the year 2000 comes around, Africa would be united and free." He hopes, or better he knows that everybody in Africa and the Diaspora will be knowledgeable about Africa. That by the time year 2000 rolls around, we will all have our minds together.
Fela's contribution, 'Africa Centre Of The World,' is a song about Africa, the cradle of today’s civilisation. Recorded twenty-one years after he left Nigerian shores to study music at London Trinity College Of Music, according to Fela in this song, the ignorance of the Western world at this time was still very much evident. Englishmen, who were not aware of the ape-like origin of man, used to come-over to him to find-out if he got a tail like apes and monkeys. For him, it is only ignorance that could be the reason for such dumb questions. He points to Africa’s place at the centre of the world map, as not by accident, rather because we were the first people on earth, adding that territory has been man’s major reason for going to war. If Africans occupy the best area in the world, this is not by accident. Africans must have been the strongest people to occupy the centre of the world.
2000 Blacks Got To Be Free [18:43]
Africa - Center Of The World [17:24]