Fela Kuti was the originator of fusion funk, jazz, Yoruba influences with African themes. In simple words, there's no Afrobeat music without Fela Kuti. His music was encircled by the spiritual reverence surrounding his experience and the knowledge of ideological substance behind politics & power. He steers the positive, upbeat exhilaration that occurs in a concert towards a larger purpose without sounding too preachy, angry of reflecting inherent cultural bias. Through his music, he challenged the permanence of society and invites them to fight for change. A true cultural icon!
2. Ebo Taylor - Life Stories (1970)
One of the stars of the supergroup Apagy Show band, Ebo Taylor's offering as the guitarist and bandleader helped define the funky nightlife sound that we associate with the 70's Ghana today. A master spirit of Ghana's African guitar instrumental and Afrobeat scene, Taylor kept alive ancient storytelling traditions through his songs, each telling a distinctive story or the predicament of the people. His music veered between swing and introspective sounds, celebrating his people & his culture through a particular style of his own.
3. Many Dibango - Manu 76 (1976)