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Red Hot + Fela is the 18th in a series of original albums to raise money and awareness in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. The release includes classic Fela anthems like "Lady" recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, and Akua Naru, "Zombie" recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, and Frown, and "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" recorded by My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus (from tUnE-yArDs), and Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) and "Sorrow, Tears & Blood" reworked by the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radios' Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe.

1. Buy Africa
2. Lady
3. Yellow Fever
4. No Buredi (No Bread)
5. Who No Know Go Know
6. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am
7. Sorrow Tears + Blood
8. ITT (International Thief Thief)
9. Afrodisco Beat 2013
10. Gentlemen
11. Highlife Time
12. Zombie
13. Go Slow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • ASIN: B00EF1PL2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ARD on October 8, 2013
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Never heard of Fela before this weekend. Was looking to see what Alabama Shakes were up to, got directed to NPR and here we are. Listened to the previews and was hooked. This is a fabulous introduction to someone I know I am now going to have to start following. What first, second third etc.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger W. Walker on October 15, 2013
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I loved the variety of artists on this CD. I really enjoyed their interpretation of Fela's music. Another great Red Hot and compilation.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Comment Man on November 11, 2013
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Fela Kuti remains one of the most incredible musicians of the last 50 years, a Nigerian master whose work is unlike anybody else. His work on first blush often sounds discordant and atonal--his songs can be twenty minutes long and not have any lyrics for the first ten minutes. He also has left a mixed legacy--my wife despises him for his misogyny--an attitude she developed partially from listening to his music and partially from a Nigerian woman she met who literally loathed Fela.

This tribute--released for AIDs charities--is a real disappointment. The strangeness of the songs has been somewhat normalized. Instead of long vamping introductions, the songs often have a conventional structure. Too many songs have electronic drum machines, which is utterly foreign to the organic rhythmic pulse of the originals. Simply being from Africa--particularly from a French speaking African nation--does not guarantee the musicians will have any particular sympathy for Nigerian music--especially for someone as eccentric as Fela. Yet several songs featured French African groups cheerfully rapping in French--something I attribute to the prominence of Paris in introducing contemporary African music to the Western world.

Oddly, the only cut I found outstanding on the CD is Kronos Quartet's version of Sorrow Blood and Tears. Kronos has three advantages--1) they are exceptional musicians who manage to understand Fela's music--something I don't think the other musicians did 2) they are wise enough to present a basically acoustic version of the song, eschewing the annoying electronic music that sinks some other tracks and 3) they were savvy enough to choose the best song. Sorrow Blood and Tears is as good a song as No Woman No Cry or Johnny B Goode--definitely a hard song to ruin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Boki on May 22, 2014
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I own most of the Red Hot Series CD collections from "Red Hot & Blue" through "Red Hot + Fela". The great African artist with the jams that sound like a cross between "Tower of Power" and "Santana" with the great funky, jams. Following the success of the Broadway musical, "Fela!. This is an even more comprehensive tribute to Fela along with "Red Hot + Riot: A Tribute to Fela!" Like the companion discs to "Red Hot + Rio", "Red Hot + Bossa Nova" and "Red Hot + Impusle" accompanying "Red Hot + Cool". Just an excellent series.
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