Tuesday, December 23, 2014

40 Year Itch : Lady Na Master

  Nigerian sax player, com poser, singer, Afrobeat pioneer and a political activist so outspoken he was the original "Black President",  Fela Kuti sings of African women in this nearly 14-minute 1974 single. It's more complicated than a mere celebration. Women's roles in Africa were changing. "Lady" can be heard as both a feminist anthem (She go say im get power like man / She go say anything man do, imself fit do which translates into She believes she is as powerful as men / She will tell you that she can do anything men can do ) and as a song troubled by the impact of Western influences.

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