- 1. Fehler Kuti All Ausländer Go To Heaven (Reprise) 5' 42
- 2. Fehler Kuti Deutsche Pässe 2' 01
- 3. Fehler Kuti Professional People 1' 53
- 4. Fehler Kuti The Price Of Teilhabe 3' 03
- 5. Fehler Kuti Automobile Love 2' 28
- 6. Fehler Kuti Bürogebäude In Und Um Frankfurt 4' 58
- 7. Fehler Kuti Dark Boys 1' 53
- 8. Fehler Kuti Freizeit ´20 3' 16
- 9. Fehler Kuti The Good Policeman 3' 02
- 10. Fehler Kuti Proposal For A Worker`s Anthem At DMU2 Daglfing 2' 44
- 11. Fehler Kuti Doggerland 3' 44
- 12. Fehler Kuti All We'll Ever Need 3' 18
- 13. Fehler Kuti In Every City, In Every Aldi The Blood Of My Brothers And Sisters Taints Your Spargel 3' 12
- 14. Fehler Kuti The Crowd 2' 13
- 15. Fehler Kuti Home 2' 00
- 16. Fehler Kuti Soziokultur 2' 11
- 17. Fehler Kuti Transatlantic Ideology 2' 58
- 18. Fehler Kuti Mjunikcentral Is A Dangerous Place, We Need More Guns To Keep You Safe 3' 45
- 19. Fehler Kuti Wohlfahrt 3' 45
In view of the immense Black Lives Matter mobilisation in reaction to the murder of George Floyd and the comparatively meagre societal reaction to the attack in Hanau, the question arises: How come our society does not show the same empathy and solidarity towards its own fellow citizens with Kurdish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Afghan migrant backgrounds or members of the Roma and Sinti?
How limited is our postcolonial discourse if we are unable to address the racist exploitation of those who repair our cars, deliver our parcels or harvest our asparagus?
It’s all a sham. Shake it off like a biometric photograph. Shake off that false consciousness. The Black Diaspora is a transatlantic lie invented by music curators and journalists. Embrace this nuanced return to structures and superstructures, to articulations and historical constellations as analytical tools.
Allow me to dampen your expectations. This is not the sound of decolonisation. This is no compilation of BLM protest songs. This is no celebration of Black emancipatory struggles. You will not be able to play this at your hip post-pandemic house party. This will not go down well with your woke friends. This is music for the square in the room. For that reluctant BAME/Person of Color repelled by your fetishisation of the African-American experience.
This is music for gated communities. This is Fehler Kuti singing of class relations, not of identities and positionalities. This is Fehler Kuti resisting.
Listen to these songs of infrastructure and appraisal of the welfare state. Join me in mourning the broken promises of prosperity for all. Send that “Ausländer“ of your mind to heaven. Colonialism fucked you up. Platform Capitalism is keeping you in chains. Are we to unionise all human and non-human workers at Amazon? Will modernity always have that “forever nigger“? What about those dispossessed field hands harvesting your asparagus?
All is lost. The system is rigged. Because all histories, gestures and identities have been absorbed into this late capitalist apparatus we call diversity. It can integrate anything and anyone. It made me. It is the price of the ticket. And it is unable to challenge its own premise of an atomised society. As if you and I had so little in common.
They will try and help you. They will build a museum for your history and a scholarship program for your future. I warn you. Don‘t let them give you a name. Resist appellation. Don’t get that German passport. Don‘t eat asparagus.
Fehler Kuti, Spring 2021
All songs by Julian Warner. Produced by Markus Acher and Tobias Siegert.
Markus Acher – drums, percussion, backing vocals Micha Acher – sousaphone, trumpet Cico Beck – synthesizer Jenny Bohn – backing vocals Pacifico Boy – vocals Katja Kobolt – spoken word Theresa Loibl – bass clarinet, backing vocals Sascha Schwegeler – steeldrum, kalimba, percussion, backing vocals Tobias Siegert – bass, synthesizers, percussion, backing vocals Julian Warner – piano, memotron, vocals
recorded and mixed by Tobias Siegert at Minga Records, july – december 2020 mastered by Moritz Illner at Duophonic
cover art and photography by Andreas Neumeister layout by Sascha Schwegeler
Trübner, Wilhelm “Rauchender Mohr” (1873) copyright: Landesmuseum Artotek / Landesmuseum Hannover Trübner, Wilhelm “Ein Mohr, die Zeitung lesend” (1872) copyright: bpk / Städel Museum Trübner, Wilhelm “Mohr mit Pfingstrosen” (1873) copyright: Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg
Fehler Kuti “Professional People” is part of the same multiverse as “The History of the Federal Republic of Germany as told by Fehler Kuti und die Polizei”. A production by Julian Warner. In cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele. Funded by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich. Released by Alien Transistor.