Red Hot + Fela

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is the second volume that the AIDS- and HIV-combatting Red Hot Organization has dedicated to the music of Fela Kuti, the late Nigerian creator of Afrobeat, fearless militant political and liberation activist, and cultural icon. The first, Red Hot + Riot, appeared in 2002 and juxtaposed Fela's music with hip-hop, neo-soul, and African folk styles. This 13-track set, compiled by Anthony Demby and Paul Heck, employs the root sounds of Afrobeat more explicitly. Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly the success of the musical Fela! Another is that on the African continent, AIDS and HIV remain massive problems that have taken their toll on families, populations, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is the second volume that the AIDS- and HIV-combatting Red Hot Organization has dedicated to the music of Fela Kuti, the late Nigerian creator of Afrobeat, fearless militant political and liberation activist, and cultural icon. The first, Red Hot + Riot, appeared in 2002 and juxtaposed Fela's music with hip-hop, neo-soul, and African folk styles. This 13-track set, compiled by Anthony Demby and Paul Heck, employs the root sounds of Afrobeat more explicitly. Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly the success of the musical Fela! Another is that on the African continent, AIDS and HIV remain massive problems that have taken their toll on families, populations, and national economies. (Fela died of complications due to AIDS.) The set kicks off with "Buy Africa" by Congolese rapper Baloji with L'Orchestre de la Katube and Yoruban singer and songwriter Kuku. The propulsive beats meet the punchy brass and confrontational lyrics head-on in a dazzling rhythm and rhyme collision. Drummer Tony Allen, a bandmate of Féla's and an Afrobeat pioneer in his own right, collaborates with Baloji and rapper M1 on the bubbling "Afrodisco Beat 2013," that weaves funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat, and dub together with lyrics in French and English. "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" is performed nearly straightforwardly by Jim James and My Morning Jacket, with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. The vibe is slow, snaky, and hypnotic, though at over 14 minutes, it's too much of a good thing. tUnE-yArDs and ?uestlove back Beninoise vocalist Angelique Kidjo and poet Akua Naru in funking up "Lady." Driven by furious breaks and roiling basslines, they turn the original sexist lyric on its head. The labyrinthine, bass matrix dubstep treatment of "Zombie," by producer Spoek Mathambo with Cerebral Cortex and Frown, is the set's most adventurous selection. Nigerian singer Nneka- born Antibalas vocalist Amayo, all front the manic seven-piece unit Superhuman Happiness in a pumped up, four-on-the-floor reading of on "No Buredi (No Bread)," complete with distorted kalimbas, zigzagging, squiggly synths, and popping basslines. Red Hot + Fela's unique yet nearly seamless-sounding collaborations offer a deeper hearing of Afrobeat in light of its wide-ranging implications trans-culturally, both in the present era and as it points toward the future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • UPC: 720814113122
  • Catalog Number: 1131
  • Sales rank: 42,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buy Africa - L'Orchestra De La Katuba
  2. 2 Lady - Akua Naru
  3. 3 Yellow Fever - Spoek Mathambo
  4. 4 No Buredi - Superhuman Happiness
  5. 5 Who No Know Go Know - Just a Band
  6. 6 Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am - Brittany Howard
  7. 7 Sorrow Tears + Blood - Kyp Malone
  8. 8 ITT (International Thief Thief) - Rubblebucket
  9. 9 Afrodisco Beat 2013 - M1
  10. 10 Gentlemen - Chance the Rapper
  11. 11 Highlife Time - GendEr Infinity
  12. 12 Zombie - Fron
  13. 13 Go Slow - King
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Laswell Bass
Hank Dutt Viola
Angélique Kidjo Vocals
John Sherba Violin
Juma Sultan Percussion
?uestlove Drums
Nneka Vocals
Dizy Mandjeku Guitar
Om'Mas Keith Bass, Keyboards
Stuart Bogie Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jim James Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Broemel Guitar, Horn, Vocals
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals
Kyp Malone Vocals
Tom Lea Strings
Ryan Ferreira Guitar
Didier Likeng Bass
Bo Koster Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes
Patrick Hallahan Percussion, Drums
Jean Gnonlonfoun Percussion
Jeffrey Zeigler Cello
Eric Biondo Synthesizer
Dana Falconberry Vocals
Jared Samuel Organ
David Harrington Violin
Zaki Ibrahim Vocals, Background Vocals
Baloji Vocals
Chelsea Baratz Flute, Alto Saxophone
Cerebral Vortex Vocals
Spoek Mathambo Vocals
tUnE-yArDs Background Vocals
Abena Koomson Vocals, Background Vocals
Akua Naru Vocals
Theo Tuge Background Vocals
Amayo Vocals
Luke O'Malley Guitar
Merrill Garbus Vocals
Bajah Vocals
Childish Gambino Vocals
Paris Strother Background Vocals, Musician
Tom Blankenship Bass
Alex Toth Trumpet
Adam Dotson Trombone
Annakalmia Traver Baritone Saxophone
Sahr Ngaujah Vocals
Nate Brenner Bass
Miles Arntzen Drums
Amber Strother Vocals, Background Vocals
Brittany Howard Vocals
Anita Bias Vocals, Background Vocals
Kentyah Fraser Percussion
Nicolaas Van Reenen Guitar
Aaron Bastinelli Horn Engineer
Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab Vocals
Chance the Rapper Vocals
Marti Melia Tenor Saxophone
Frown Vocals
Daniel Alzamora Dickin Guitar
Jim Chuchu Background Vocals
Blinky Bill Harmonica, Vocals
Benjamin Julia Horn Engineer
Ayanda Sithole Background Vocals
M1 Vocals
Toni Hartley Background Vocals
Sebastian Van Hoey Trombone
Sarah Gautier Vocals
Rubblebucket Horn
Redding Hunter Vocals
Ray "Mr. Angry" Fingers Keyboards
Philippe Ekoka Keyboards
Petite Noir Background Vocals
Patrick Blankenship Bass
Patricia Preware Background Vocals
Octave Agbepkenou Konlan Drums
Nicholas Talbot Baritone Saxophone
Naeha Breeland Background Vocals
Mikey Freedom Hart Organ, Talk Box
Technical Credits
Tony Allen Composer
John Carlin Executive Producer
Joe Lambert Mastering
John Davis Engineer
Paul Heck Producer
Justin Lieberman Engineer
Ryan Pickett Engineer
Stuart Bogie Arranger, Programming, Producer, Whistle
Jim James Producer
Eli Crews Engineer
Aaron Nevezie Engineer
Baloji Composer, Producer
Scott Fraser Engineer
Spoek Mathambo Arranger, Producer
tUnE-yArDs Producer
Theo Tuge Arranger
Hernan Santiago Vocal Engineer
Luke O'Malley Programming, Producer
Matt Castille Engineer
Paul-Edouard Laurendeau Engineer
Andrija Tokic Vocal Engineer
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Composer
Paris Strother Arranger, Producer
Nthato Mokgata Arranger, Engineer
Just a Band Producer
Kentyah Fraser Producer
Aaron Bastinelli Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Keyboard Engineer
Daniel Alzamora Dickin Engineer
Joel Grignard Engineer
Jim Chuchu Programming
Emma Phipps Intern
Cheyenne Peerson Intern
Blinky Bill Programming
Benjamin Julia Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Keyboard Engineer
Ayanda Sithole Engineer
Arnaud Chamay Engineer
Anthony Demby Producer
Adam Weinger Intern
M1 Composer
Suzanna Ahern Intern
Rocio Valenzuela Intern
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