AfroBeatles: Fela Kuti is the Fifth Beatle
The decade of gimmicky mash-ups ended nearly a month ago…right? Right?! No!?!?
In short, the answer is no. It’s not going to stop. But perhaps it is getting better. Rather than just slapping a verse over a short sample and plugging in a simple beat, Afrostreet’s AfroBeatles combines Fela Kuti and the Beatles melodically and rhythmically. Fela’s afrobeat songs are fully in tact, with classic Fab Four vocals lifted from their originals and laid over.
Somehow this proves that there are patterns in great music. How else would the godfather of afrobeat and the freaking Beatles be jamming out years after their respective musical primes!? Sure, you can hear that Afrostreet made little adjustments to make everything fit (thank you, studio magic), but it’s still incredibly entertaining to listen to if you’re familiar with either artists’ catalog.
The definition of Beatles is loose in some cases. “Say Say Say,” the famed collaboration between Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, is mashed with “Fefe Naa Efe,” making it a far better number than the (kind of wack) original pop hit. Plus, it’s awesome to hear MJ’s Hee Heeeees over a funky afrobeat rhythm.
Nice work, Afrostreet. Let’s hope this becomes the new standards for mash-ups. Because if someone comes out with a Jay Z vs. AfroBeatles mash-up album, the whole movement is officially dead.
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