Roy Ayers & Fela Kuti: Music Of Many Colours 

Source: The Wire.

When Los Angeles born vibraphonist Roy Ayers and saxophonist/political iconoclast Fela Kuti linked up in Nigeria toward the end of 1979, the spirit of Pan-Africanism was already deeply woven into their respective bodies of work. After spending much of the 60s exploring a pleasantly cool hard bop sound, Ayers and his band Ubiquity blossomed in the 70s. Albums like Mystic Voyage, Red, Black & Green (its title a reference to the Pan-African flag created by Garvey) and Everybody Loves The Sunshine were wildly popular for their fusion of jazz funk, new age spirituality and the African-inspired Black consciousness of the day.