Chances are this won’t be the first you have heard of the upcoming ‘Red Hot Fela’ album, but due to recent developments it’s only right the release gets a mention. Red Hot are a charity dedicated to fighting Aids using cultural means, and following on from their previous ‘Red Hot + Rio’ releases the collection of all star Fela Kuti covers is due out in October on Knitting Factory Records.
Up until now the only track available to check has been Baloji’s version of ‘Buy Africa’, but over the weekend a wonderful cover of ‘Sorrow, Tears and Blood’ appeared online. Featuring the mighty Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) backed by the Kronos Quartet and Stuart Bogie (Antibalas), you can hear a radio rip of the track below.
It is very easy – particularly in this day and age – to capitalise on the talents of people like Fela Kuti. It is also commonplace for people to begin and end their interests in African music with Afrobeat alone. However the combination of artists involved and technical merits in the tracks doing the rounds (especially this latest offering) hopefully put this release in a much better stead.
Red Hot + Fela
1. “Buy Africa” – Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba featuring Kuku
2. “Lady” – tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo + Akua Naru
3. “Yellow Fever” – Spoek Mathambo + Zaki Ibrahim
4. “No Buredi” – Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo + Superhuman Happiness
5. “Who No Know Go No” – Just A Band + Childish Gambino
6. “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” – My Morning Jacket w/ Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard
7. “Sorrow Tears and Blood” – TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet + Stuart Bogie
8. “ITT” – Superhuman Happiness w/ Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson + Rubblebucket
9. “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