Red Hot + Fela out now on Knitting Factory Records
ORDER YOUR COPY OF RED HOT + FELA at the Fela Store!
Tune into Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, October 11th to see My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard perform “Trouble Sleep Yange Wake Am”
To coincide with FELABRATIONS across the globe, Okayafrica is presenting it’s own Felabration during CMJ at Brooklyn Bowl (Thurs, Oct 17). Join us as we rejoice and honor what would have been the afrobeat godfather Fela Anikulapo Kuti‘s 75th birthday with an all out celebration of the great man’s life and legacy through music and activism.
Enter below to win one of 10 PAIRS of tickets we have to GIVEAWAY! Winners will be picked at random and notified by Monday October 14 — check you emails for notifications! The event isFREE WITH CMJ BADGE.
Enter here to win tickets: http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/10/03/felabration-red-hot-fela-2013/
In one of the first videos to drop off the RED HOT + FELA project, Congolese rapper Baloji, L’Orchestre De La Katuba and Kuku‘s arrangement of Fela Kuti‘s “Buy Africa” gets the visual treatment. The vibrant lyric video translates Baloji’s raps, revealing both stinging and beautifully-crafted lines like Africa’s in deep tides of oil like placenta for non-francophones.
Watch here via okayafrica: http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/10/01/fela-kuti-baloji-buy-africa-red-hot-fela-video/
“Weed-puffing folk hero, energetic polygamist, political rabble-rouser and all-around badass, the late Nigerian bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti is one of the few figures to near-singlehandedly concoct an entire musical genre — in this case the magnificently propulsive, polyrhythmic Afrobeat. He was also a potent, prolific composer, so it makes sense that the not-for-profit Red Hot organization has followed its 2002 multi-artist Fela tribute, Red Hot + Riot, with this second volume.” -NPR
Stream the full record here: http://www.npr.org/2013/09/29/226165955/first-listen-red-hot-fela
Jim James curated a Fela Kuti Spotify playlist!
Make sure you catch Jim James singing “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” with Merrill Garbus and Brittany Howard on Red Hot + Fela out October 8th!
Pre-order your copy from iTunes today!
“The song is part of “Red Hot + Fela”, a compilation of artists covering Kuti’s songs as part of Red Hot’s efforts to raise money to combat AIDS — a resonant cause, given that Kuti died of an AIDS-related illness in 1997. The album also includes contributions from Roots drummer Questlove, Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio and the Kronos Quartet.
Baloji, a Congolese musician with strong ties to Belgium, was drawn to the act-locally message of ‘Buy Africa’.” –Wall Street Journal
Red Hot + Fela Tracklist:
01. “Buy Africa” – Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba featuring Kuku
02. “Lady” – tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo + Akua Naru
03. “Yellow Fever” – Spoek Mathambo + Zaki Ibrahim
04. “No Buredi” – Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo + Superhuman Happiness
05. “Who No Know Go No” – Just A Band + Childish Gambino
06. “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” – My Morning Jacket w/ Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard
07. “Sorrow Tears and Blood” – TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet + Stuart Bogie
08. “ITT” – Superhuman Happiness w/ Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson + Rubblebucket
09. “Afrodisco Beat 2013″ – Tony Allen, M1 + Baloji
10. “Gentleman” – Just A Band, Bajah + Chance the Rapper
11. “Hi Life Time” – GendEr Infinity
12. “Zombie” – Spoek Mathambo + Cerebral Cortex + Frown
13. “Go Slow” – King
Check out the full story here.
“The Red Hot Organization, which has worked on AIDSawareness through pop culture since 1989, has announced a new compilation, RED HOT + FELA. Containing covers of classic Fela Kuti tracks, the collection features tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, My Morning Jacket, Tony Allen, Chance the Rapper, members of TV on the Radio and Alabama Shakes, and many more. It’s out October 8 on Knitting Factory Records.” -Pitchfork
“When you throw your own birthday party, you get to call the tunes. On July 24th, Kronos Quartet, the acclaimed and exploratory string ensemble, initiated Kronos at 40, their five-day anniversary celebration at Damrosch Park Bandshell in New York’s Lincoln Center, with a surprising burst of Afrobeat: “Sorrow Tears and Blood” by the late Nigerian singer, bandleader and loose cannon Fela Anikulapo Kuti.” -“Rolling Stone(Rolling Stone)”:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/blogs/alternate-take/afrobeat-hip-hop-and-kronos-quartet-red-hot-fela-debuts-at-lincoln-center-20130726
Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/blogs/alternate-take/afrobeat-hip-hop-and-kronos-quartet-red-hot-fela-debuts-at-lincoln-center-20130726