Fela's lyrics

Language as a product of cultural contact A linguistic approach to Fela Kuti’s lyrics

As I was listening to Red Hot + Riot I did a google search on some song titles & came up with this interesting page which translates & analyzes Fela’s lyrics. His songs are in a unique combination of standard English, Nigerian Pidgin, and Yoruba.

11 responses to “Fela's lyrics

  1. hey, i am trying to do a paper on Fela’s music, does anyone happen to have to lyrics to (one of my favorites) Water No Get Enemy?
    I cant find it anywhere!!!

  2. i love fela music

  3. Got a chance to see Fela and Egypt 80 perform in my city many years ago and loved him. Would you happen to have the words to any of his songs? Fela was well loved and is still missed by his fans of which I am a big one.

  4. I used to watch Fela every weekend in my home country. Which song do you want lyrics to? I have most of the lyrics in my head!!!

  5. Looking for the lyrics to Zombie

  6. hey, i am trying to do a paper on Fela's music, does anyone happen to have to lyrics to (one of my favorites) Water No Get Enemy?
    I cant find it anywhere!!!

  7. dear wilson:

    i emailed you the lyrics to Water No Get Enemy.

    so:

    check your email.

  8. I love Felas music, I don't know…it has this timeless quality to it…it puts me in another place…the layers of rhythems, percussion and instruments…fantastic. I am having trouble finding the lyrics. If anyone could e-mail me the lyrics to Shakara, expensive shit or he miss road, I would greatly appreciate it. Peace
    Brian

  9. i'd email the lyrics to expensive shit and he miss road, but i did that for wilson and got no response.

    so it would seem you have to do this: buy the digital re-issue of Expensive Shit. it has lyrics/translations and "meanings" inside the liner booklet.

    Expensive Shit is double-released with He Miss Road

  10. Hi…
    A bit of a long shot, but busy doing research on African resistance in Africa, and need to get the lyrics to some songs, but can't find them anywhere. The song I'm currently looking for is Zombie, but may look for some a bit later as well. Anyway you can help (might save me my job if you can!)?

  11. Hi…
    A bit of a long shot, but busy doing research on African resistance in Africa, and need to get the lyrics to some songs, but can't find them anywhere. The song I'm currently looking for is Zombie, but may look for some a bit later as well. Anyway you can help?