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Why Black Man Dey Suffer is an album by Nigerian Afrobeat composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti recorded in 1971 and originally released on the Nigerian African Sounds label after EMI refused to release it.[1]

Why Black Man Dey Suffer
Why Black Man Dey Suffer.jpg
Studio album by
Fela Kuti and the Africa 70 with Ginger Baker
Released1971 (1971)
StudioArc Studio, Lagos, Nigeria
LabelAfrican Sounds
  • Fela Kuti
  • Ginger Baker
Fela Kuti chronology
Fela's London Scene
Why Black Man Dey Suffer
Na Poi


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]

The Allmusic review awarded the album 4½ stars, stating: "Why Black Man Dey Suffer is a relatively early chapter in the Fela discography, originally recorded in 1971. Put to tape with early band Africa 70 and Cream drummer/Afro-beat enthusiast Ginger Baker on board as well, the record is made up of two extensive, repetitive, and loping pieces."[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Fela Kuti

  1. "Why Black Man Dey Suffer" - 15:15
  2. "Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality" - 12:56

Original Art Cover/Painting (1971)Edit

Grace Okotie-Eboh Oduro

  1. "Why Black Man Dey Suffer" All Rights reserved (Painting Copy write - Grace Okotie-Eboh Oduro)
  2. "Reason behind the painting was to depict the slavery and exploitation of the African(Black Man) by the Europeans and the Arabs"



  1. ^ Fela Kuti discography, accessed May 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, F., Allmusic Review, accessed May 9, 2014.