The box set comes with 7 LPs selected by Brian Eno, a poster, 12-page booklet with a foreword by Eno, song lyrics, and in-depth commentaries by Afrobeat historian Chris May.
London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Afrodisiac (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976), and I.T.T. (1980)
“I remember the first time I listened [to Fela Kuti’s album Afrodisiac] and how dazzled I was by the groove and the rhythmic complexity, and by the raw, harsh sounds of the brass, like Mack trucks hurtling across highways with their horns blaring. Everything I thought I knew about music at that point was up in the air again.” -Brian Eno
“Only in a few places did the music performed onstage veer into the neighboring territory of polemic. The Roots performed a moving version of Fela Kuti’s “Water No Get Enemy.” It was the sort of gesture that underscores this band’s value — it’s flexible, improvisationally deft, and unafraid of statement-making. (The show’s credits indicated D’Angelo was to perform with them, but he was nowhere to be seen.” –New York Times
“The human spirit is stronger than any government or institution” -Fela Kuti
“This is revolutionary music, in the truest sense, and also some of the greatest, most powerful music you are likely to hear in your life. The backing singers and horns are crucial ingredients and are deployed in a manner distinctive to African music. It’s a rich, intoxicating, highly idiosyncratic stew, and utterly addictive.” -Louder Than War
We have re-issued 6 of Fela Kuti’s most vital albums on vinyl:
Fela with Ginger Baker Live! | Confusion | Expensive Shit | He Miss Road | Sorrow, Tears and Blood | Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
“FINDING FELA”, the latest documentary by Alex Gibney, is a muddled but strangely likeable fever dream of a film. With only the faintest hint of structure, this introduction to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and political activist who died in 1997 of complications related to AIDS, often seems as nomadic as the African-jazz mash-ups that he made famous. ” -The Economist
“Some of the best parts of the film come from the accounts we get of Fela from his family, his children Yemi, Seun and Femi provide intimate, and at turns funny and poignant glimpses into the man behind the legend.”
“Music really is a weapon, and Fela as this engaging film shows was one of its best soldiers, long may he continue to inspire people.”
If you caught Finding Fela on the big screen you’ll remember seeing Questlove give his insights on Fela Kuti‘s message and the uncompromising political stance behind his work. Limited to a short snippet in the actual documentary, okayafrica has unearthed full footage of the interview which has Quest telling the stories of how he came across Fela’s music in Santigold‘s jeep, the boldness of the afrobeat legend’s compositions, and how he got a morning phone call from Jay Z after an early showing of the Fela! musical.
“Finding Fela!, a documentary chronicling the life of Fela Kuti, as well as the production of the renowned Broadway play, offers a glaring depiction of Kuti the talented musician and, more importantly, Kuti the revolutionary.
And as the face-off between civilians and militarized police forces continues in Ferguson, MO, his story is one that both police and protesters can learn from.” -Read the full article over at ThinkProgress