Sorrow Tears & Blood (1977)

Knitting Factory Records


  • Sorrow Tears & Blood (1977)
  • Sorrow Tears & Blood (1977)
  • Sorrow Tears & Blood (1977)
  • Sorrow Tears & Blood (1977)
  • Sorrow Tears & Blood (1977)

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Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the long-awaited vinyl reissue of Sorrow Tears and Blood.

With the exception of some lo-fi pirate editions, this Knitting Factory Records reissue series is the first time Fela's LPs have been made available as individual vinyl albums since they were originally released during his lifetime.

Fela wrote "Sorrow Tears and Blood" as a response to the Soweto Uprising of 1976 in which thousands of South African students protested the forced teaching of Afrikaans, the colonial language of Apartheid. During the uprising and the ensuing riots, hundreds of students were killed. The song calls out killings that have gone on in the name of authority and totalitarian rule as well as the instruments of repression of colonial Africa – the police and the army. In this way the song indirectly references the brutality that Fela and his family have experienced in the series of raids on his family compound, the Kalakuta Republic. The musical composition parallels the somber tone of the lyrics; focused and direct, the track avoids the bombastic funk of many of Fela’s compositions.

“Colonial Mentality” follows in the same manner, pointing out that those who wish to live in a post-colonial mentality are in essence living as slaves. Musically, the Africa 70 returns to a more funk and jazzy grooves while relaying a pertinent message to those who looked to Fela as a leader of the resistance.


01. Sorrow Tears and Blood
02. Colonial Mentality

Standard Black Vinyl LP, released on August 19, 2014, comes with Download Card (MP3)

CD version includes "Opposite People"

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