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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Femi Kuti has the unenviable position of being an excellent musician and the undisputed king of Afro-beat, while also being the son of the greatest. Of course, that has tempered his sound over the years to some degree as he distanced himself by adding newer influences such as hip-hop to the classic soul-funk-jazz sound. As time progressed, he has moved into a more "traditional" Afro-beat sound with excellent results. Here, some of the best tracks from his three albums are presented. Two tracks come from the little-known eponymous debut, and a handful from each of his following releases. This is Femi at his best, crossing the divides between classic and modern, ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Femi Kuti has the unenviable position of being an excellent musician and the undisputed king of Afro-beat, while also being the son of the greatest. Of course, that has tempered his sound over the years to some degree as he distanced himself by adding newer influences such as hip-hop to the classic soul-funk-jazz sound. As time progressed, he has moved into a more "traditional" Afro-beat sound with excellent results. Here, some of the best tracks from his three albums are presented. Two tracks come from the little-known eponymous debut, and a handful from each of his following releases. This is Femi at his best, crossing the divides between classic and modern, contemplative and energetic, hypnotic and pounding. The music is top-notch and the song selection equally excellent, picking out a couple of relative rarities for good measure in "Ala Jalkoum" with Rachid Taha and a star-studded cover of Fela's "Water No Get Enemy" from the Red Hot + series. It's the sheer power of the groove that will get you every time, though -- saxes wailing, drums thumping, and call-and-response vocals forcing everyone to stay in the groove. As an added bonus, a disc of remixes is included; there are fewer vocals but the grooves are extended, if that's possible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 875232006522
  • Catalog Number: 186
  • Sales rank: 164,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do Your Best - Mos Def (6:12)
  2. 2 Fight to Win - Jaguar Wright (3:56)
  3. 3 '97 - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (6:08)
  4. 4 Traitors of Africa - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (5:30)
  5. 5 Beng Beng Beng - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (4:44)
  6. 6 Water No Get Enemy - The Soultronics (6:07)
  7. 7 Wonder Wonder - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (6:07)
  8. 8 Look Around - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (6:01)
  9. 9 Survival - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (8:56)
  10. 10 Truth Don Die - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (6:18)
  11. 11 Stop AIDS - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (3:18)
  12. 12 Ala Jalkoum - Rachid Taha (4:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Truth Don Die - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (8:37)
  2. 2 Victim of Life - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (7:26)
  3. 3 Sorry Sorry - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (7:36)
  4. 4 Beng Beng Beng - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (6:05)
  5. 5 Do Your Best - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (7:58)
  6. 6 Blackman Know Yourself - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (6:27)
  7. 7 Eregele - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (5:03)
  8. 8 What Will Tomorrow Bring - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (10:15)
  9. 9 Scatta Head - Femi Anikulapo Kuti (8:05)
  10. 10 Missing Link - Common (7:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Femi Kuti Primary Artist
The Roots Rap
Technical Credits
Kerri Chandler Remixing
Fran├žois Kevorkian Remixing, Dub Mixing
Femi Anikulapo Kuti Composer
The Roots Producer, Remixing
Rachid Taha Composer
Faze Action Remixing
Jerome Sydenham Remixing
Mos Def Composer
Seven Dub Remixing
Funmi Ononaiye Remixing
Jaguar Wright Composer
Steffen "Dixon" Berkhahn Remixing
John Meltz Engineer
Joaquin "Joe" Claussell Remixing
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