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Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 perform "Zombie" for Quick Hits

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Published on Aug 24, 2011

Filmed for the Sound Tracks: Quick Hits series by the Talbot Players in association with PBS Arts (http://www.facebook.com/soundtrackstv).

As a tribute to his father, Seun Kuti opens his concert with one of Fela's signature songs, "Zombie," a scathing indictment of the Nigerian army for blindly following repressive orders. This is Afrobeat at its most provocative written by a man who repeatedly challenged the military regime and paid the price in countless beatings and arrests. The older members of Egypt 80 played this dangerous, defiant song with Fela himself.

The lyrics are a mixture of English and Nigerian dialect: "Zombie no go go, unless you tell him to go...Zombie no go think, unless you tell him to think." The song is featured in the musical "Fela!" which is now touring the U.S. after its Broadway and London runs.

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