19th August 2022
By 1972, when Music of Fela: Roforofo Fight was originally released (on two vinyl albums, Music of Fela Volume One and Volume Two), Fela was becoming one of the most avidly followed musicians in West Africa. His audience came from among the region’s urban poor, the “sufferheads” living in the shanty towns around the major cities, along with growing numbers of students and political dissenters. Fela championed, and sang about the problems of, oppressed and exploited people and denounced the ruling elites lording it over them, with their seemingly endemic corruption and their ready use of violence to crush dissent. Because he generally sang in Broken English rather than Yoruba, and adopted an increasingly pan-Africanist outlook, his message resonated throughout Anglophone Africa.
The 50th-anniversary reissue of Roforofo Fight is pressed on double yellow & green vinyl. Side D features singles “Shenshema” and “Ariya” on vinyl for the first time. The two tracks were originally released as a 7″ single in 1972 and later featured in the CD reissue of “Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles”.