From down here at the CarWash

I just wanted to remind us of the avant-guarde classic, most recently unearthed in 2003, <a href=”http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/DP/2003/06/365-Days-Project-06-02-fisk-steve-donna-summer-on-the-radio-1982.mp3″>Donna Summer On The Radio</a>. With <a href=”http://www.wfmu.org/365/2003/153.shtml”>explanation page</a>.

But my most favourite song at the moment is Zombie, by the Nigerian Fela Kuti, released 1976. I’ve always dug a bit of Afrobeat every now and then but this is 100% infectious. It manages that rare double box-tick of being really catchy (ie I _dare_ you to not want to dance to it) and also highly political — about the draconian military regime in Nigeria at the time. The Zombie album was so successful that it caused riots, and the military came around to the Kuti house and ended up killing Fela’s mum after throwing her out a window! Man, Nigeria’s always been a ruff town but also definitely the music capital of Africa, if you ask me.

This is it – the full 12min version — and it’s not some boring long jam song – it’s good the whole way through.

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