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Why are these chords iii ii progression?

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Hello, this looks like a great forum!

I was watching a video talking about a cool Fela Kuti song called Water Get No Enemy. It is in a style called Afrobeat and is generally chordaly very simple but with amazing grooves.

The chords to the song are just Fm7 and Ebm7 and I think the key is Ebm (?). The guy in the video says this is a iii - ii progression. However while I understand the degrees of a scale why is Fm7 a iii and Ebm7 a ii as surely Eb is the i (tonic) and F is the ii diminished in Eb minor scale? So why in this case is the Eb iii and the F not a diminished chord but a m7?

This is the tune by the way, the chords I am talking about kick in about 1.17 into the song.

Thanks!

 

 

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babaluma,

If Fm7 is a iii chord and Ebm7 a ii chord, the tonic id Db and not Ebm.

Welcome to the forum!

 

Mike

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17 hours ago, mset3 said:

babaluma,

If Fm7 is a iii chord and Ebm7 a ii chord, the tonic id Db and not Ebm.

Welcome to the forum!

Mike

Of course! I need to clean my ears out, no idea why I had it as Ebm. Thanks a lot:)

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