“By far the most upbeat song on this list, so much so that it takes a little while to realize that Fela is excoriating the Nigerian government, singing about religious hypocrisy, corruption, and, most movingly, the raid on his compound in 1977, in which his own mother was killed: “Them steal all the money/ Them kill many students/ Them burn many houses/ Them burn my house too/ Them kill my mama.” –Flavorwire
Spoek Mathambo, in collaboration with fellow South African, clothing designer, Floyd Avenue created a gorgeous video for ‘Zombie’ off the recently released Red Hot + Fela.
Check out the Kent Andreasen directed video HERE.
Buy your copy of Red Hot + Fela at the Fela Store!
Performances at Felabration 2013 feat. Iceprine, Wizkid, Jaywon, Dammy Krane, Sean Tizzle ++ more
Red Hot + Fela invites you to create an original music video for Fela Kuti’s “Lady” featuring Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo + Akua Naru
E-mail all video submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12/6
Winners will be chosen on 12/11
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
1st place: Your video will be posted on Fela Kuti, Red Hot + Fela and KFR social media + Red Hot + Fela poster + vinyl + CD
2nd Place: Fela Kuti box set + Red Hot + Fela vinyl + CD + Poster
3rd Place: Red Hot + Fela vinyl + CD + poster
“Okayafrica recently joined forces with Red Hot + Fela to host New York City’s FELABRATION bash in honor of the godfather Fela Kuti. The Fela! Band, fronted by Sahr Ngaujah (the star of FELA! on Broadway) and a pair of hypnotizing dancers, mesmerized the stage with a wide selection of the afrobeat king’s standouts…”
Check out the video over on Okayafrica’s youtube channel.
“Had he still been alive, 15 October would have been Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Afrobeat originator died in 1997, but his legacy lives on. Kuti’s complete catalogue of almost 50 albums has been released online and on CD by Knitting Factory Records, and the label has also started releasing vinyl. Two box sets, each including six LPs, have so far been issued. The first was curated by Questlove, the second by Kuti’s old friend and occasional drummer, Ginger Baker. Brian Eno, who produced Kuti’s son Seun’s magnificent From Africa With Fury: Rise in 2011, has begun work on curating a third box. KFR also plans to release single LPs.
The last time Kuti’s complete catalogue was released on vinyl was in 1999 by the French label Barclay, with Talkin’ Loud the UK licensee. Until KFR’s vinyl programme has been completed, which may take a year or two, many of Kuti’s best LPs, particularly with his Africa 70 (and Afrika 70) band in the 1970s, are rare treasures. However, in addition to the Barclay/Talkin’ Loud LPs, earlier reissues can sometimes still be found on various African, European, American and Japanese labels.
Here are ten of the finest and the rarest…”
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
This broadcast went out on October 15, Fela’s birthday, to BBC World Television’s 70 million viewers around the globe on their Focus on Africa programme.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
This is part of a series of videos presenting the salutations of celebrities on the occasion of what would have been Fela’s 75th birthday. Also on this day, 15th October, Knitting Factory Records are releasing Red Hot + Fela, a compilation album featuring interpretations of Fela songs by a raft of top drawer artists. All profits from this album go towards combatting AIDS.
Dele Sosimi, former keyboardist with Fela and leader of the London-based Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, shares memories of his time spent in Fela’s company.
WATCH THE VLOG HERE.