Hear Fela Kuti's first ever recorded track, the unearthed highlife style "Fela's Special" from 1960.
<p>Before he became the indisputable king of afrobeat, <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/tag/fela-kuti/" target="_blank">Fela Kuti</a> </strong>laid down a few recordings in the style of highlife for the UK-based label <strong>Melodisc</strong>. "Fela's Special," recorded in London in 1960, is one of Fela's first ever recorded tracks. Credited to Fela Ransome-Kuti and his band <strong>The Highlife Rakers</strong>, the unearthed track will appear alongside another long-lost Fela find ("Aigana") on <strong><a href="http://www.soundwayrecords.com/" target="_blank">Soundway Records</a></strong>' upcoming compilation <em>Highlife On The Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66. </em></p><p>As <strong>Markus Coester</strong> notes in the sleevenotes for the compilation, “Even though [the recordings] had been discographically tracked and people interested in Fela’s musical life knew of them, they kept hiding for more than 50 years. Before I came across them, I was even in doubt whether they had been released at all. These are amazing first recordings, however.”</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><em>Highlife On The Move</em> will be released as double CD & triple 180g gatefold vinyl (with a bonus 7 inch), it will be accompanied by a 44-page CD booklet and 12-page vinyl booklet with notes by Coester and rare photographs. The compilation is available for <a href="http://www.soundwayrecords.com/product/sndwcd060-highlife-on-the-move-selected-nigerian--ghanaian-recordings-from-london--lagos-1954-66" target="_blank">pre-order now</a> and will be out March 16 on Soundway. Stream Fela and The Highlife Rakers' rare "Fela's Special" below via <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/09/fela-kuti-hear-his-long-lost-debut-recording" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189789976%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-sEqnt&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p>
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