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Published: 2013/07/31

My Morning Jacket, Questlove and More Pay Tribute to Fela Kuti

My Morning Jacket, Questlove, Super Human Happiness, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, tUnE-yArDs, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tune Adembimpe and many more contribute tracks to RED HOT + FELA, a Fela Kuti tribute album. The compilation was put together by the Red Hot Organization, which has been working to raise awareness about AIDS since 1989. The album will be released on October 8 via Knitting Factory Records.

RED HOT + FELA marks the second time that the Red Hot Organization has honored Kuti. The group also put out Red Hot + Riot in 2012.

RED HOT + FELA tracklist:

01 Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba [ft. Kuku]: “Buy Africa”
02 tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo, & Akua Naru: “Lady”
03 Spoek Mathambo & Zaki Ibrahim: “Yellow Fever”
04 Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo & Superhuman Happiness: “No Buredi”
05 Just a Band & Childish Gambino: “Who No Know Go No”
06 My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus, Brittany Howard: “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am”
07 Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet, Stuart Bogie: “Sorrow Tears and Blood”
08 Superhuman Happiness, Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson, Rubblebucket: “ITT”
09 Tony Allen, M1, Baloji: “Afrodisco Beat 2013”
10 Just A Band, Bajah, Chance the Rapper: “Gentleman”
11 GendEr Infinity: “Hi Life Time”
12 Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, Frown: “Zombie”
13 King: “Go Slow”


There are 2 comments associated with this post

steve b July 31, 2013, 16:04:36

So I was a bit disappointed by the Fela celebration at the Lincoln Center in NYC last week. It was billed as a tribute to Fela and I think it fell flat. Maybe they should have made it known that this was not going to be an afro beat show? Judging by the mass exodus of spectators, I don’t think my opinion was the odd one out. Really not many Fela tunes even played and when they were (except Lady and the closer ITT) they were destroyed… again, in my opinion. Also, why have the man behind the beat, Tony Allen, come to a Fela celebration if he is only going to sit in 2 times!!!! Miles Arntzen from antibalas and super human happiness is nasty no doubt, but with a legend on hand, give up the seat.

Frank L. Yuramoron August 7, 2013, 10:52:03

Destroyed Steve? Really. I thought it was pretty cool, and that it was more likely people left because free flea tributes don’t necessarily draw a huge crowd in the first place, and the early crowd were just the people who would stop for a few minutes no matter what the band was. You seem fun.

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