My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1 and 2.
Brief Background: Zombie is a studio album by Fela Kuti that was released in 1976. The album was critical of the Nigerian government and set off the burning of Kuti’s commune during which his mother was pushed from a window and killed.
What I think: It’s a little bit weird doing a write-up on an album after discovering the personal and political implications it had for Kuti and his followers. I couldn’t make out the lyrics of the title track first song, but you can just tell with the way they are said (not to mention, the repeated use of zombie) that is was a hard edged political song. And like The Clash would do a little bit down the road, some of the most biting songs have some of the most catchy and pop sounding music. There is a really strong Afrobeat element throughout both of the songs, but there is also a really strong Jazz feeling as well, which makes both songs interesting even with their length.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s not really my thing, but it seems important and I think it should be here.
Rating (Out of 5) 3
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (291/375)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%