Africa, Man! We got off the plane and they started bowing down to us: yeah!, James Browns band! …Fela Ransome Kuti had invited us to his club (the AFROSPOT).  And he was like the James Brown over in Africa, so we went.  And Man, I told them to take all those praises back, because they were the ones that needed to be praised. 'Cause, them mugs was so on it. They had grooves there that I had never heard or felt in my life. And I couldn’t believe it. I just could not believe it. I mean, you could be ten miles away and you could hear the drums. You could be carrying on a conversation and the next thing you know you body starts movin’ and you can’t control it! And your like, “Damn, what’s wrong with me? I know I ain’t high!”

 

-Bootsy Collins, bassist, James Brown Orchestra - comments about Lagos, Nigeria 1970

Wax Poetics. Issue # 18, 2006

 

 

Africa, Man! We got off the plane and they started bowing down to us: yeah!, James Browns band! …Fela Ransome Kuti had invited us to his club (the AFROSPOT).  And he was like the James Brown over in Africa, so we went.  And Man, I told them to take all those praises back, because they were the ones that needed to be praised. 'Cause, them mugs was so on it. They had grooves there that I had never heard or felt in my life. And I couldn’t believe it. I just could not believe it. I mean, you could be ten miles away and you could hear the drums. You could be carrying on a conversation and the next thing you know you body starts movin’ and you can’t control it! And your like, “Damn, what’s wrong with me? I know I ain’t high!”

 

-Bootsy Collins, bassist, James Brown Orchestra - comments about Lagos, Nigeria 1970

Wax Poetics. Issue # 18, 2006