I listened to this song, Teacher, Don’t Teach Me Nonsense three times in a row this morning, on Lumley Beach, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
I’d heard the song before, of course. It’s on my iPod, after all. Nonetheless, it had never really registered with me. I happen to have just been doing some reading about Nigerian history in the early 1980s, when oil was booming and democracy was being tried on for size. In addition to being as rhythmically compelling as almost anything Fela recorded, Don’t Teach Me Nonsense, is an unusually dense and powerful statement about the corruption of Nigerian spirits and processes during that era. Highly recommended.
Fela’s Greatest Hits, a fantastic selection of songs from the musician’s huge catalog, is the place to look – if you can find it.