Topic: Red Hot + Fela

Fela Lives! Felabration Live in NY

“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.


The Vinyl Factory | THE 10 RAREST FELA KUTI RECORDS

“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…”

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Thoughts on Fela | Dele Sosimi

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.

 


Thoughts on Fela | Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)

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.

Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) salutes Fela and talks about her favourite Fela song.

WATCH THE VLOG HERE.


Thoughts on Fela | Wunmi

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.

New York – based Nigerian songstress, dancer and fashion designer, Wunmi, shares her thoughts and feelings about the Black President.

WATCH THE VLOG HERE.


Thoughts on Fela | Jim James

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.

Jim James (My Morning Jacket) Explains how he could listen to Fela all day long and describes his favourite Fela song.

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Thoughts on Fela | M-1 (Dead Prez)

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.

M1 (Dead Prez) salutes Fela on what would have been his 75th birthday.

WATCH THE VLOG HERE.


Thoughts on Fela | Baloji

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.

Baloji, whose rendition of ‘Buy Africa’ opens the ‘Red Hot + Fela’ album, fashioned this tribute to The Black President by talking about his favourite Fela song.

WATCH THE VLOG HERE.