Kalakuta Show
Fela Kuti Lyrics


KALAKUTA SHOW

Make we talk something
We never talk before and
We dey see am everyday
(Ahh…Ohhh….Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh)
*repeat 2x

Look de man he dey waka
*[CHORUS] GAGA GUGU GAGA GUGU
*repeat

Hungry dey run for him face
*[CHORUS] WOKO WOKO WOKO WOKO
*repeat

Him pepeye* cap for him head
*[CHORUS] PEPE PEPE PEPE PEPE
*repeat

Him khaki woolen shirt for him body
*[CHORUS] WULU WULU WULU WULU
*repeat

Him trouser dey fly above him knee
*[CHORUS] YAYA YAYA YAYA YAYA
*repeat

The people wey employ da man
Give him permit to carry the thing
Weh bad
Dem give him permit to carry baton
Dem give him permit to carry tear-gas
Dem give him permit to carry bullet
Him fit carry basket for protection too
Na so we dey see am every day
No so he dey happen every day

One day
*[CHORUS] SATURDAY

One day
*[CHORUS] SATURDAY MORNING

The whole thing change

One day
*[CHORUS] 5 A.M.

One day
*[CHORUS] NOVEMBER 23

The whole thing change

One day
*[CHORUS] 1974

One day- Kalakuta Show

One day
*[CHORUS] SATURDAY

One day
*[CHORUS] SATURDAY MORNING


Kalakuta Show
*[CHORUS] 1979

Kalakuta Show

Dem make sure dem
Use tear-gas, baton & bullet
*repeat

Dem use them basket
For protection too
*repeat

Dem do one thing
Dem never do before
*repeat 3x

Dem-o hire … axe-o… dem-o bring… cutlass

*[CHORUS] DEM-O HIRE… AXE-O… DEM BU-RING… CUTLASS
*repeat under verses:
Kalakuta show-o-o
Kalakuta show (una na na na na na na na na)

Kalakuta Show (2x)

Babu wire dem-o cut
Look fence dem break
Look gate dem fall
Everybody dey run
Look head dem break
Look blood him dey flow

Kalakuta show o-o
Kalakuta show
Na na na na na na na

Look loya** him dey come **(lawyer)
Him he loya him dey come
Look loya dem beat
Look loya him dey run
Look loya him dey run

Kalakuta show o-o
Kalakuta show
*Etc….

>Organ solo
>Sax solo

>End with bass/percussion under solo sax

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Comments from YouTube:

Matthew

I'm from the UK and this album was the first thing I ever heard by Fela. It was the late 70's. It blew my head apart. I couldn't believe it. It was the most powerful thing I'd ever heard and funky beyond belief. I followed Fela ever after. Still today nobody else comes close to the power of his grooves or the honesty and commitment of his vision.

Michael Swifte

This is the greatest of all afrobeat grooves!

Dave Leafey

Music period

schnerzz

Thanks for posting in such great quality. This song delivers strenght and hope. Africa awakening.

Superblack

@Olom Okonta You didn’t need to speak Yoruba to understand every single word of this masterpiece!

Olom Okonta

As a teenager at the time l grew up with Fela's music. I didn't understand Yoruba to hear everything he said. His ability to compose incredible music out of any event was so great that I thought he was a music genius!

Ibrahima BARRY

J'ai eu la chance de rencontrer un grand homme une légende

Quinn W. Johnson

If Miles Davis was following Fela and wanted to do something together, we'd live Better Lives. Word...

paulypavillion

Fela Kuti is one of the best musical experiences I've even had!

Sanzio Hanzō

Fela Kuti was, is and will still be, as high as Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Truly brothers across time.

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