Riff: Fela – “Coffin for Head of State”

Apr 24, 2014

It is a known fact that for many thousand years/We Africans we had our own traditions/These moneymaking organizations/Them come put we Africans in total confusion

from Coffin for Head of State lyrics by Fela Kuti

The almighty swings his ax chopping down the oppressive government regimes and their artificially implanted religions – Christian, Muslim or otherwise. The percussion is provocative and the brass section as omnipresent as the chorus, a movement of the people that screams of justice and equality.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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