Fela classic with 'Chop and Quench'. Check!The collection of songs making up the album title Afrodisiac were songs Fela and the Nigeria 70 (Later Africa 70) re-recorded at the EMIrecord studio, Abbey Road London in 1971. Originally recorded and released in Nigeria on 45rpm, they were Felaï¿½s first successive hits in the Nigerian music charts.
Alu Jon Jonki Jon: The first song in the collection is a traditional moonlight tale, made into a song. Yoruba mythology makes constant references to inter-reaction between the human and the animal worldï¿½a CO-habitation between the two worlds. Once there was a great famine that ravaged the entire world, so goes the tale. To survive this famine, all animals agreed to sacrifice their mothers in the collective cooking-pot. When it came to the turn of the dog, the other animals discovered that he had secretly hidden away his mother in heaven. Alu Jon Jon Ki Jon, the other animals chorused after the dog, treating him as a selfish and dishonest comrade.
Jeun Ko Ku (Chopï¿½n Quench): This piece was Felaï¿½s first musical success in Nigeria. It paved the way for his eventual popularity throughout Africa. Within six months of its release, this track sold more than two hundred thousand copiesï¿½a reason why it remains one of the most exploited(instrumental/vocal versions) of Felaï¿½s repertoires. Jen Ko Ku is about a gluttonï¿½who eats himself to death.
Eko Ile: is about the popular adage: ï¿½no place like homeï¿½. Eko is the traditional name for Lagos City, before the Portuguese renamed it Lagos
Jeï¿½nwi Temi(Donï¿½t Gag Me): is the first of Felaï¿½s attacks at the Nigeria ï¿½powers that beï¿½. A strong message that he is not one to be gagged. Sung in Yoruba language, it says: ï¿½ï¿½even if you jail me? You cannot shut my mouth! I will open my mouth like basket! You cannot shut my mouth!ï¿½. He goes on to stress that the truth is bitter, but it remains what it is ï¿½ the TRUTH. Hence, he will not stop talking and singing about the truth.
- Mabinuori Kayode Idowu