International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (Armonica & MoBlack Mix) / Chagu (MoBlack, Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz Mix)

Fela Kuti
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“Music is a weapon of the future.”

“Music is the weapon of the progressives.”

“Music is the weapon of the givers of life.”

These are the words of legendary Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, words that remain as true as ever over two decades since his untimely death. A pioneer of the Nigerian revolution, his fight against police oppression remains an ongoing conversation in the country, where the campaign to abolish Nigeria’s militant police branch of SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) has accelerated this year. Now Armonica and MoBlack revisit Fela Kuti’s ‘International Thief Thief (I T. T.)’, the record where Fela called out and directly attacked former Nigerian president General Obasanjo after his mother was murdered by the army. Fela used the I.T.T. acronym satirically, knowing it would have been recognised by any Nigerian as representing the International Telephone & Telegraph, the country’s biggest national telecommunications conglomerate. In the song, he also makes accusations against Moshood Abjola, the local CEO of both I.T.T. and Decca Records, who had betrayed Fela to become favourable with the corrupt president. As the fight against systemic corruption continues to be a pressing issue in Nigeria, Armonica & MoBlack’s flawlessly executed and ever respectful remix of ‘International Thief Thief’ brings a powerful and culturally relevant piece of music to the forefront of dance culture in 2020, as they pay homage to the ground-breaking artist that created it.

On the reverse side is ‘Chagu’, where a powerful and evocative spoken word narration is provided by South Sudanese-Canadian artist, actor, former child soldier and political activist Emmanuel Jal. A collaboration between Emmanuel, MoBlack and Henrik Schwarz, both producers provide their own version of ‘Chagu’, with MoBlack opting for a classic afro-house beat and hypnotic percussion, while Henrik’s signature crisp, harmonious composition makes for a guaranteed dancefloor weapon. Both visionary producers, Henrik and MoBlack’s versions are equally impactful, complementing the immediacy of Emmanuel’s lyrics.

Product code: DFTD621

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Release Date 18 Dec 2020
Artist Fela Kuti
Track List

A1. Fela Kuti ‘International Thief Thief (I.T.T.)’ (Armonica & MoBlack Extended Mix)

A2. Fela Kuti ‘International Thief Thief (I.T.T.)’ (Armonica & MoBlack Extended Dub)

AA1. MoBlack & Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz ‘Chagu’ (Henrik Schwarz Extended Version)

AA2. MoBlack & Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz ‘Chagu’ (MoBlack Extended Version)

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