Last year we released Red Hot + Fela in collaboration with the Red Hot Organization.
Red Hot is an AIDS awareness organization currently partnering with cross-genre collaborators representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for this release of Fela Kuti compositions, Red Hot + Fela(Knitting Factory Records). The release includes classic Fela anthems like “Lady” recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, and Akua Naru, “Zombie” recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, and Frown, and “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” recorded by My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus (from tUnE-yArDs), and Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) and “Sorrow, Tears & Blood” reworked by the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radios’ Kyp Malone and Tune Adembimpe.
The partnership between KFR and Red Hot is particularly relevant to Fela Kuti, given that he died of an AIDS-related illness himself. To date, Red Hot has released 18 albums and produced several concert and film series to raise money and awareness to fight AIDs around the world. They have partnered with countless local, national, and international AIDS organizations, all of whom have benefited from releases like Red Hot + Fela. Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization
Watch My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus, & Brittany Howard perform “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” on Fallon
Purchase Red Hot + Fela HERE
Watch the official trailer for Finding Fela and get your tickets now for a screening in your town!
6/27 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival – Chilmark – MA
7/11 – Railroad Square Cinema – Waterville – ME
8/1-8/7 – IFC Center – New York – NY
8/8-8/14 – Landmark Chez Artiste – Denver – CO
8/8-8/14 – Landmark E Street Cinema – Washington – DC
8/8-8/10 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven – MA
8/15-8/17 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven – MA
8/8-8/14 – The Screen – Santa Fe – NM
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas – Berkeley – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Nuart Theatre – Los Angeles – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Ken Cinema – San Diego – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema – San Francisco – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema – Atlanta – GA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Kendall Square Cinema – Boston – MA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse – Philadelphia – PA
8/15-8/21 – Belcourt Theatre – Nashville – TN
8/22-8/28 – Landmark Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis – MN
8/22-8/28 – Guild Cinema – Albuquerque – NM
8/22-8/28 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus – OH
8/29-8/30 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Oklahoma City – OK
8/29-9/4 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston – TX
8/29-9/4 – Landmark Varsity Theatre – Seattle – WA
9/19 – POP Montreal – Montreal – QC
Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and
political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz,
traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close
to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 80s. With his
audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards
democracy in Nigeria, promoted Pan Africanist politics to the entire world and became an
inspiration in the global fight for the rights of all oppressed people.
Finding Fela – National Theatrical Dates
NEW YORK, NY – August 1 at IFC CENTER
WASHINGTON, DC – August 8 at LANDMARK’S E STREET CINEMA
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 15 at LANDMARK’S NUART THEATRE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 15 at LANDMARK’S OPERA PLAZA
PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 15 at LANDMARK’S RITZ AT THE BOURSE
BOSTON, MA – August 15 at LANDMARK’S KENDALL SQUARE
ATLANTA, GA – August 15 at LANDMARK’S MIDTOWN
The Double-CD Soundtrack will be released 7.29 via Knitting Factory Records
“Happy” is probably my favorite song of the past year, and I wanted to make a blend that wasn’t too obvious, but made sense upon first listen. I thought the shuffle tempo, driving bass lines and horns of Fela Kuti could provide a nice backdrop, so I chopped up his classic, “Colonial Mentality,” and this is the end result. Hope you enjoy!” -dj100proof
LISTEN TO THE FULL MASHUP HERE
Fela Kuti – Limited edition 7″ of ‘Se E Tun De / Waka Waka’
Record Store Day – April 19, 2014
KThe release’s A-Side “Se E Tun De” features a more jazz-oriented version of Fela’s signature afrobeat sound. Se E Tun De / Waka Waka will be available exclusively in stores on Record Store Day April 19.
Exclusive stream of “Se E Tun De” via okayafrica
okayafrica will be premiering exclusive videos from the Felabration held in London last December.
Kicking it off is Dele Sosimi‘s rendition of “Too Much Information,” BALOJI‘s live version of his contribution to Red +Hot Fela “Buy Africa,” Shingai Shoniwa performing “Lady” and Dele Sosimi, Sam Duckworth, ESKA & The Goldsmith Vocal Ensemble tackling “Water No Get Enemy.”
Keep checking back every day this week for more videos to drop.
Fela! Band Will Bring Afrobeat to Sundance Film Festival for 3 very special performances in celebration of the world premiere of Finding Fela.
The band, featuring lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical “Fela!,” will performance at the film’s premiere party on Jan. 17 at the Sundance Channel House, Jan. 18 at the Sundance Music Cafe hosted by KCRW and Jan. 19 at the Sundance House as part of The Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program’s Celebration of Music in Film.
Full story via Billboard
“Sample the opinions of Nigerians randomly — for the purpose of finding out why they think Fela was a great musician; and they would immediately mention the potency of Fela’s messages — some of which continue to speak to our situations today in terms of coming to pass.”
“The intellectuals in our midst would take the realisation a step further by situating this preference within the perspective of a pan-African ideology. Still, others like the University Professors would anchor the icon’s musical success on radicalism – as if this in any way has some connection with musicianship…” – The (Nigerian) Guardian
Continue reading at the Nigerian Guardian.
“In the second installment of tributes to the legendary Afrobeat master Fela Kuti, the Red Hot Organization reveals Fela’s material with a bit more of an unconventional & idiosyncratic approach. Members of Kronos Quartet, TV On the Radio & Antibalas present a string-driven, slow-burning & strangely beautiful take on one of Fela’s angriest anthems, keeping the tension and potency intact.” – KCRW Music Blog
See what else made the list here.
“Perhaps it was the giant mirror-ball hanging from the ceiling. Or maybe it was the audience-wide conga line that started during [Fela’s original keyboardist] Sosimi’s new single ‘T.M.I.’, just before the band launched into the spindly groove of ‘Turbulent Times.’ Either way, this was a disco freed from any adolescent awkwardness; a joyously un-self-conscious celebration of the life and music of Nigeria’s most celebrated musician.”
Read more about the UK’s belated 75th birthday celebration for Nigeria’s favourite son over at Think Africa Press.