Call To Confirm Colored Copies Are Still Available
Fear Not For Man was one of the first albums to be released by Fela Kuti following the sacking of his Kalakuta Republic compound by 1,000 soldiers on February 18, 1977. Fela, along with many other Kalakuta residents, was brutally beaten; his mother, then aged 77, was thrown out of a window, fracturing a leg. The army set fire to the compound, destroying six Afrika 70 vehicles, all Fela's master tapes and band equipment, a four-track recording studio, and all the community members' personal belongings.
It's doubtful, contrary to some sources, Fear Not For Man was recorded after the attack – doubt which is dispelled by neither the gruesome front sleeve design, showing blood flowing down Fela's face. His response came later, on albums such as Unknown Soldier (1979) and Coffin For Head Of State (1980); Fela's practice of no longer performing a song live once he had released it on record is the reason for the two/three year gap between the attack and the release of these albums.
The title track is a provocation expressing Fela's lack of fear in the face of the authoritarian regime's brutality; no matter how hard they beat him, they would never break him. The b-side, "Palm Wine Sound," is an instrumental version of a song written in the 1960's in the traditional highlife style promoting the local drink. Colored vinyl with download card.