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10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:08pm On Aug 02, 2017
He was truly visionary.

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:09pm On Aug 02, 2017
1. Original Sufferhead (1981)

This song describes the problems and sufferings that abound in Africa as a continent, despite its rich resources. He condemns the ‘big big man’ and ‘white man’ for taking up everything and leaving nothing but suffer and anguish for the average African man.

This song, released over 20 years ago sadly still applies greatly. The economic disparity between Africa and other continents is displayed in the fact that basic resources like food, water, electricity and the likes are still unavailable to a large number of people living in this part of the world. Such disparities are even found within countries, where we have the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX250GbUTZY


Mynd44

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:10pm On Aug 02, 2017
2. Suffering and Smiling (1977)


Fela describes the life of the average Nigerian who is constantly suffering, but smiling through the pain, believing in the rewards that await them in the afterlife due to the teachings of religious leaders, who themselves live the most lavish lives, enjoying the so-called earthly pleasures. He warns people to open their eyes to this injustice and stop being blind followers of religion.

Things haven’t changed much today, as people still blindly follow religion (and religious leaders), without necessarily understanding its true meaning.

Lalasticlala


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y--5IlljO78

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by ololadeking(m): 5:13pm On Aug 02, 2017
king fela of biafra west chapter

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:14pm On Aug 02, 2017
3. International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (1980)

Fela uses the abbreviation of International Telephone & Telegraph (IT&T) to directly attack the company’s CEO, Moshood Abiola, and other politicians like Obasanjo who continuously betray the continent and their fellow Africans in their bid to get rich off the white man’s wealth.

This song is relevant in today’s world as seen in the violence that goes on in the Niger Delta as a result of the insufficient resources and recognition that the region is given despite being the major supplier of oil and the bulk of the county’s wealth.
Politicians are still looting, extorting and selling out their people in their bid to get richer.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6yM6HLADbE

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:15pm On Aug 02, 2017
4. Authority Stealing (1980)

This song, like may others, talks about how the government steals and loots the country’s resources on a daily and goes unpunished, while the petty thief gets killed and burned on a daily basis. For him, the people in authority are just civilized thieves who get away with their crimes because of their position.

Our government still steals from us and feeds us lies and we let them get away with it. The petty thief gets thrown in jail while the political robbers remain scot free and given liberty to continue looting.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgqxFHMqlxs

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by Epositive(m): 5:15pm On Aug 02, 2017
water, e no get enemy cheesy

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:16pm On Aug 02, 2017
5. Coffin for Head of State (1981)

This song also condemns politicians. Here, he speaks about the corruption that abounds in religion, especially by hypocritical leaders like Obasanjo and Yar’adua. These leaders were the most corrupt people in the world, killing and stealing from innocent people, yet they openly condemn such activities and hide behind Christianity and Islam.

Today, we still see a great deal of corruption and hypocrisy in the guise of leadersgip and religion. Our leaders are still stealing from us, but yet are the quickest to attend church programs and quote bible verses.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q021-VyLzpk

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:17pm On Aug 02, 2017
6. Beasts Of No Nation (1989)

This song talks about the many unusual happenings in the country and how the citizens all behave like crazy people. It touches political, economic, social matters and talks about the silence of the Nigeria people against government oppression and brutality while speaking up against apathy in foreign nations like South Africa. According to him, these could only happen in a crazy world.

This song remains relevant today as the same hypocrisy and silence in the face of government injustice is still the order of the day in our beloved country and continent as a whole.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCpua4dvUXs

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:20pm On Aug 02, 2017
7. Yellow Fever (1971)

In this song, Fela warns about the dangers of skin bleaching that was becoming a trend for women. He lists the many unappealing aspects of bleaching and tells women that they were better off leaving their skin in its natural form.

Today, bleaching has become even more rampant than in the times of Fela. According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria has the highest number of women in the world who use skin-lightening products.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIRXNA3Eofs

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:22pm On Aug 02, 2017
8. Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1980)

This song highlights the fact that the white man seems to be living our lives for us, while they make their own decisions based on their culture and tradition. The white man, instead of condemning the bad leadership that goes on here, overlooks them while doing the exact opposite in their own countries.
He condemns the so-called democracy and begs Africans to open their eyes and realize that they are being misled and stolen from.

Today, instead of drawing away from the chains of colonialism, we still rely on foreign countries to help us make some of our major decisions and try to imitate every aspect of their lives, forgetting our cultures and traditions in the process.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ1hx88nz9M

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:25pm On Aug 02, 2017
9. Colonial Mentality (1977)

He speaks about the fact that Africans have colonial mentality and still live in the past despite having gained independence. They embrace everything foreign and believe theirs to be inferior, from basic things like food and clothes down to their names and religious practices.

This song is still very relevant today, as Africans in general would rather purchase foreign made products and would use foreign names instead of their traditional ones.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q2F2TaRghE

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by talk2saintify(m): 5:26pm On Aug 02, 2017
10. Confusion Break Bone (1990)

This song talks about the confusion that abides in the country and the lack or proper organisation. His tone here sounds sadder and more resigned to the fact that things might never get better for the country. He highlights all the problems he had mentioned in his earlier songs and says that nothing has changed and wonders at the insanity of things.

Nothing has changed today. The country is still in a permanent state of disorderliness and disunity. The government still gets away with being corrupt and unjust, and the innocent man still gets punished for crimes committed by wealthier citizens.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2u1lPLFe0k

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by NwaAmaikpe: 5:29pm On Aug 02, 2017
shocked

Unfortunately those days of good music are gone.

All we get now from these untalented medicores are "Daddy Yo", "Fall On You", "Mad over you", "Pana" and "Emergency".

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by Lajet: 5:29pm On Aug 02, 2017
No 2 song is for Afonjas And Zombies suffering and Smiling

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by celestialAgent(m): 5:29pm On Aug 02, 2017
The guy above me is probably infected with no 7 (Yellow fever) - undecided


As for d list,
It remains inferior without my favourite track "ZOMBIE".



If you think am lying, ask the zombies on here - sarki is one of them zombies tongue

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by funnynation(m): 5:30pm On Aug 02, 2017
Indomie generation will not like this thread. They will be like like "Who Fela EPP".




Ayam AbjFinestMc

Nairaland official comedian

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by Viking007(m): 5:30pm On Aug 02, 2017
Almost, if not all his songs are still very much relevant. Army arrangement tops my list, listening to it will make You think he was a prophet.

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by mufex(m): 5:30pm On Aug 02, 2017
Fela, my man. One and only original strong head

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by tofolo(m): 5:30pm On Aug 02, 2017
Op how can I get all his audio tracks?

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by omoadeleye(m): 5:31pm On Aug 02, 2017
Am just done listening to his mixtape minutes ago

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by 9jvirgin(m): 5:31pm On Aug 02, 2017
Eya

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by Dumba088(m): 5:31pm On Aug 02, 2017
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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by icon8: 5:31pm On Aug 02, 2017
Apt!

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by ngmgeek(m): 5:31pm On Aug 02, 2017
Abami Eda Fela Kuti!!

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by 989900: 5:32pm On Aug 02, 2017
#prophet

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by Nobody: 5:32pm On Aug 02, 2017
Actually, all his songs are still relevant

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by whitering: 5:32pm On Aug 02, 2017
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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by Chiboyz40(m): 5:33pm On Aug 02, 2017
Fela... Fela.. What a man!

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by elmessiahs(m): 5:34pm On Aug 02, 2017
Suffering and smiling even wen dey still billions of dollars; he stole 2.8 billion yet he came back to lead us again chai whch way 9ja

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by seunny4lif(m): 5:34pm On Aug 02, 2017
ololadeking:
king fela of biafra west chapter
BABA ONE
FELA OOOOOOOOOH grin grin grin grin grin grin

Where is Zombie angry angry angry angry angry angry
APC people grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: 10 Fela Songs That Are Still Relevant In 2017, 20 Years After His Death by phemoluv02(m): 5:34pm On Aug 02, 2017
The Abami Eda fun ra e.. listen to all his songs over and over again sound as if he just drop them.. still relevant n fit the situation we found our self in this county..Anikulapo the prophet! grin May God just help us.

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