What happens when you take 3 musical legends and true revolutionaries, Fela Kuti, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, and let loose Somali born MC K’naan to run through a series of J. Period remixes? You get The Messengers, a concept mixtape and powerful remix project which pays tribute to the legacy of these musical giants, all of whom have heavily influenced K’naan. The Messengers will be released in 4 segments – paying tribute first to Fela Kuti, Nigeria’s eminent musical activist; next to Bob Marley, Jamaica’s emissary of struggle and unity; and then to Bob Dylan, America’s reluctant Civil Rights song leader. The 4th and final installment will be a comprehensive mixtape featuring all three remix projects, plus additional bonus tracks and features. For a taste, listen to and download these three tracks, “Let’s Start” (Fela Kuti Tribute), “Relationships Lay,” (Bob Dylan Tribute), and “Belly Full” (Bob Marley Tribute) featuring Kardinall Offishall, General Steele, and Bajah (a like-minded West African hip-hop artist, who’s mixtape, Kings of Salone, we hipped you to a short while back). Look for the 1st installment on September 1st. K’naan’s album Troubadour is in stores now.
"Let’s Start" (Fela Kuti Tribute)
"Relationship’s Lay" (Bob Dylan Tribute)
"Belly Full" feat. Kardinall Offishall, General Steele, and Bajah (Bob Marley Tribute)
Download all three songs by clicking here.