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The Reality of Realpolitik & The Charade of American Democracy (Expensive Shit)

Posted in Funk, Music, politics with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by trapperKeeper


I was reading some entries about life in Lagos, Nigeria, which was home to Fela Kuti.  It is only appropriate to present another one of Fela’s brilliant Afrobeat efforts, Expensive Shit (1975).  Plus, the G20 summit is going on.  Fela, a supporter of the poor, exploited, and oppressed, would have called out the anglo-saxon (yes, this includes Barack Obama since he represents the anglo-saxon elites that still essentially run this country) politicians’ attempts to continue to swindle the underclasses.  At least, Sarkozy called them out and demanded stringent regulations and actual enforcement.  Except for the suits, the picture above looks like it was taken at a summer camp.  Be sure to drink up for the ones who can’t afford it boys.  We both equally need it to hide from the painful reality that the high times aren’t sustainable economically or ecologically.


Expensive Shit is a response from Kuti to the harassment he and his followers faced from the  the military government of Nigeria.  “Expensive Shit” is about an incident in which the police planted a joint on Fela, who swallowed it.  The police held him to wait on the evidence to pass through his system; however, the analysis of his stool revealed no drugs.  Fela had worked with fellow inmates to accomplish this.  Fortunately free, the whole incident still cost him a lot of money, thus “Expensive Shit.”  The second song on the album, “Water Get No Enemy” is laid back and jazzy.

Track Listing:

1. Expensive Shit
2. Water Get No Enemy