Fela Ransom-Kuti & His Highlife Rakers - Fela's First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session
Legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's first recordings of highlife and calypso, recorded in London in 1959, on a limited edition 10". Two of the tracks are released here for the first time ever!
The tape of the very first Fela Kuti recording session has languished in a series of dusty cupboards and damp basements for 60 years. It's a miracle that it has survived in such fine condition. The original Melodisc single, comprising side A of this release, was long thought lost until a copy of the session acetate turned up and was reissued as part of the superb Soundway compilation 'Highlife on the Move' (2014).
However the two tracks on side B of this album have never been issued in any form and are reproduced here in all their glory for the very first time!
Highlife Rakers Calypso
Wa Ba Mi Jo Bosue
Limited to 500 copies worldwide; released on Record Store Day 2020