FeFe Naa Efe, Fela Kuti's tune as arr. by Laurent De Wilde
Updated: Aug 20, 2021
The late Fela Kuti, this well spoken, human rights activist and Afrobeat/Afro Jazz musician... made so many great tunes. Even though it's not really jazz, it speaks to a lot of jazz minded people.
Anyway, Laurent De Wilde, a wonderful pianist and composer, took the song FeFe Naa Efe and made it into a piano trio tune. You should dig Laurent De Wilde for his playing, but mostly for his arranging skills: he always looks for a personal approach to any tune he plays.
The title refers to an Ashanti (Ghana) proverb. Fela Kuti translates it as: It is because of the beauty, that a woman holds her breast when running, not because the breast is gonna fall to the ground.
I got inspired by Laurent De Wilde's arrangement to make a style (inside Modal Pack 1) that reflects the Fela Kuti vibe and is at the same time profoundly modern jazz.
It's a style best used for modal tunes with few chords, but... please experiment with it.
Here you can find the file (mgu file) for the tune. Remember, the file wants to play a Jazzstylezz style. If you don't have styles from Jazzstylezz, you can use another style that you like.