9 October, 2013@11:23 am
Fela Kuti lives on. AIDS awareness organization Red Hot has partnered with cross-genre collaborators representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for the release of Fela Kuti compositions on Red Hot + Fela. The album features classic Fela anthems like “Lady” recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, and Akua Naru, “ITT” by Superhuman Happiness, “No Buredi” reimagined as an electro-house track by Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo, and “Afrodisco Beat 2013″ by Tony Allen, M1 + Baloji. It also includes cover versions by Spoek Mathambo, Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes), the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radios’ Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe, and many more.
My Morning Jacket, Merril Garbus, Brittany Howard and Antibalas Horns will be performing “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this Friday, October 11. In addition, you can celebrate Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday at various Felabrations shows throughout October and November.
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