The furious performance behind Fela Kuti’s art brings listeners together to celebrate and protest. The loud message behind Zombie shook Kuti’s world for better and for worse. While the album’s title track was a hit, he and his family were physically abused in response to his critiques of the African military. Aside from these tragic events, Zombie proved music could amplify his opinions and produce a community behind them. The artists on this legacy playlist do their best to carry on that energy into modern music. While some songs project a similar political heat, others play to make sure Kuti’s funk and energy live on forever.

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