What our staff has to say: “Super collaboration with two greats, released in 1980 after Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers toured Nigeria together in 1979. Each side has one track, and listening to each one unfold over twenty minutes is part of the joy of experiencing this record. Fans of funk, Afrobeat, disco, and even more influences will dig this, and fans of Kuti and Ayers as individuals can enjoy their strengths together.” – Hannah
Knitting Factory Records is proud to reissue Music Of Many Colours on limited edition rainbow starburst vinyl, exclusive to Record Store Day. This is the first pressing of the album since the late 80’s. ‘Music Of Many Colours’ is a joint album between Roy Ayers and Fela Kuti, recorded after a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, during which Roy Ayers performed as the opening act for Fela’s band. The two artists decided to record the album as a round-up to the tour.
Roy Ayers describes the experience saying, “I met Fela Kuti in Nigeria in 1979, and we fell into a great relationship, good personal and music vibes, and we recorded that album together. Fela also came to USA in the eighties and we performed at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Amazingly energetic, Fela Kuti had a very original concept that was called Afro Beat – a genre with a very unique identity and exceptional music. One of Fela Kuti’s most impressive qualities was that he was undeniably a brilliant show man, as a musician and as a huge dancer as well. His African concept was truly original… The tour was about two black men together coming together, one from Africa and other from USA, a very exciting collaboration”