Pre Afrobeat

Knitting Factory Records has released a reissue of the 39-song Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969) collection from Fela Kuti’s early years with his first band Koola Lobitos.

“Fela, still singing mainly in Yoruba ... had yet to adopt the Broken English lyrics which would allow his music to be understood throughout Anglophone Africa”

- afrobeat expert Chris May

Compiled by a Japanese chemistry professor who collects rare African vinyl, this magnificent album compilation traces Fela’s musical development in the 1960s, before he became the revolutionary pioneer of Afrobeat.