Topic: Red Hot + Fela

Thoughts On Fela | Talib Kweli

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.

Talib Kweli reflects on how he first heard Fela and how it inspired him.

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Red Hot + Fela is #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this amazing album. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Happy 75th Birthday Fela Kuti!

Big thanks to all the artists who participated in the making of this record:

Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba, tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo + Akua Naru, Spoek Mathambo + Zaki Ibrahim, Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo + Superhuman Happiness, Just A Band + Childish Gambino , My Morning Jacket w/ Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet + Stuart Bogie, Superhuman Happiness w/ Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson + Rubblebucket, Tony Allen, M1 + Baloji, Just A Band, Bajah + Chance the Rapper, Gender Infinity, Cerebral Cortex + Frown, + KING


Thoughts on Fela | Ahmir-Khalib Thompson A.K.A Questlove

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.

The Roots drummer supremo, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, better known as
?uestlove, shares his memories of first hearing Fela and goes on to describe his favourite song.

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Thoughts on Fela | Bill T Jones

This is the first in 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.

Bill T Jones, choreographer extraordinaire and director of the Broadway musical, Fela! salutes Fela and talks about his favourite Fela song.

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Thoughts on Fela | Alex Gibney

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.

Oscar-winning filmmaker, Alex Gibney, who is currently completing what is widely anticipated to be the definitive Fela documentary discusses his favourite Fela song.

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Thoughts on Fela | Robert Glasper

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.

Grammy award-winning jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper explains the reasons for which he admires Fela.

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Thoughts on Fela | Ray Lema

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.

World renowned pianist, composer and bandleader, Ray Lema, talks about why he considers Fela to be unique and why ‘Lady’ is his favourite song.

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Red Hot + Fela gets ‘NME RECOMMENDS’

“Red Hot have assembled a stellar line-up for this release, including Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino and South Africa’s Spoek Mathambo, who bring their trademark charm to ‘Gentleman’, ‘Who No Know Go No’ and ‘Yellow Fever’ respectively.”
Read the full review HERE