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Tony Allen’s Crucial Albums

Five classic examples of African groove art

FELA KUTI & AFRICA 70
Expensive Shit (Soundworkshop, 1975)

The scatological backstory of Fela Kuti being busted by the Nigerian government for marijuana possession, him eating the evidence and the authorities’ attempt to force him to defecate the weed is reason enough to have this LP in your collection. But the true goods are in the Allen-powered grooves of the LP’s two songs, the laidback “Water No Get Enemy” and the high-octane title track.

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