Okayafrica Audio: Fela Kuti Tribute Compilation 'RED HOT + FELA' [Full LP Stream]
Afrobeat founder and pioneer Fela Kuti led a life full of hardships and triumphs, combatting a neo-fascist Nigerian government while providing the foundation for one of the most compelling traditions in modern music. He will always be remembered for the profound contribution he’s made to the world’s musical discourse through his exceptionally charming personality, his colossal bands, his work-day long performances and the borderline revolution he sparked in Nigeria. Though the Broadway musical bearing his name attempted to break in a new audience to his masterful classics and soul-shaking story, the tribute compilation RED HOT + FELA goes further in building the bridge to his Nigerian commune by recreating and rehashing some of the giant’s most memorable tunes through the “textures of the times” and the hands of a new era of musicians. Featuring performances from Fela’s drummer and bandleader Tony Allen, ?uestlove, TV On The Radio‘s Kyp Malone, Baloji, Nneka, Spoek Mathambo, Just A Band, Zaki Ibrahim, Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, tUnE-yArDs, Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naura, the compilation promises to put some pep in your step and hook you to the infectious groove of Afrobeat. Head over to Okayafrica for a full track-list and the link to NPR‘s First Listen and get up with the (first) Black President.