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Paul McCartney Smoked the Strongest Weed of His Life With Fela Kuti

He told the story in an interview for Marc Maron's WTF podcast.

Paul McCartney recently sat for an extended interview with Marc Maron in which he covered a bunch of Beatles memories, as well as many from his releases with Wings and solo career.

One anecdote that stands out is about his 1973 album with Wings, Band on the Run, which was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria.

Paul mentions that he decided to record in Nigeria because at that time it was "kind of fashionable for people not to record in their normal studios." So, he asked his label EMI what international locations they had studios in, and when he heard of the Lagos studio he was set on Nigeria.

When Paul arrives in Nigeria, the first thing he sees in the papers were headlines of Fela Kuti accusing him of "coming to steal the black man's music," a story he's told many times before.

So he calls up Fela and invites him to the studio to hear the songs he's working on, to prove that his recordings are nothing like afrobeat or any other African music. That's where the new bits of details of this story start.

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Paul McCartney Talks Fela Kuti

Paul McCartney shares stories of run-ins with Fela Kuti in Lagos.

Not too long ago Rich Medina proposed the idea of bringing two divinities together — Fela Kuti and The Beatles — resulting in the AfroBeatles music project. We're not sure if Sir Paul is aware of the musical mashup, but we do now have a first hand account of what happens when two of history's most important figures meet. In an EW video, Paul honors Fela's 75th by sharing tales of what ensued when the Beatle touched down in Lagos. Highlights incude Paul being accused of "coming to steal the black man's music" by none other than the Black President himself, a visit to the Shrine, and Paul playing his favorite Fela riff ("Why Black Man Dey Suffer"). Watch the interview and check out these Fela x Beatles mashups below.

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