It's No Possible
Fela Kuti Lyrics

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Are you a pessimist or, are you an optimist?
I've had a running conversation with more than a 'few' people, for years. All dear friends and as such, I value their opinion.
In the interest of disclosure, I count myself as an optimist, for the most part, pessimist ... very little.
I almost can't help it, a large part is how I was raised. Farmers play the long game.
Didn't rain today. Hopefully, it will tomorrow.
Sorry pessimists. I sort of painted you into a corner.
Someone plays Fela, and asks you why.

Overall Meaning

Fela Kuti's song "It's No Possible" is a powerful political anthem that speaks to the struggles of the Nigerian people in the face of corrupt government and economic oppression. The song is a call to action, urging the people to wake up and take control of their own destiny, rather than waiting for change to come from above. Fela's lyrics are a direct challenge to the powers that be, questioning their legitimacy and exposing their hypocrisy.

The song opens with a chorus of voices chanting the title phrase, "It's No Possible", which sets the tone for the rest of the song. Fela goes on to describe the many obstacles facing the Nigerian people, including poverty, police brutality, and government corruption. He speaks of the need for unity and self-reliance, urging people to come together and work towards a better future. He also touches on themes of spirituality and African identity, reminding listeners of their rich cultural heritage and their connection to the land.

One of the most striking lines in the song comes towards the end, when Fela declares, "Africa must unite, or we will perish". This statement reflects a deep sense of urgency and desperation, as well as a profound sense of hope. Fela was a passionate and committed activist, and his music was a powerful tool for social change. "It's No Possible" is a clear example of his ability to inspire and motivate people, to challenge the status quo and to demand a better world for all.

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Mike Ibeabuchi

Igho Chico's alto sax playing was such a dominant component of Fela's sound at this early stage of its evolution. You can hear that rolling-water riding roughshod style that made some commentators the sound to Sonny Rollins. The heavy syncopation so defined the Afrobeat during this period. This style clearly had no precedent. Every critic on the beat had to sit up and take notice. So much experimentation and fusion going on at the same time as the bebop Era jazz was transforming into the jazz fusion with Miles Davis driving the Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Experience in the States back in the days. ..late 60s and early 70s. It was incredible explosion of extraterrestrial music landing on this planet. ....a bomb meen. ...

Chimereze Emeruwa

It felt like you shouldn't stop


Igo and Rusty Bryant are two of the most underrated sax players of all time. Igo was as important as Tony or anyone else in the formative years indeed. As great as Fela took up the sax slack and incredibly as well after controversy in the band forced Igo out, at least that's what's been reported about that situation, no one was in Igo's league, just a hearing of him on Fight to Finish or Who're You proves it.


Best review ever!

Kolawole Babatunde

Thank you fela kuti for make Afro beat come to the world, 2019 still banging on my head

cranky bear123

2020 and forever!!!!!

hyppe Nkosi

My religion is felaism

Marshall Benjamin

Love that bassline

Mr. BassMan

4:32 that second guitar is on the money!


Spot On Bro... Spot On

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