Words by Alex de Lacey
Knitting Factory Records release collaborative album of Fela Kuti covers on October 15
Uniting an eclectic, collaborative roster of artists from the US and Africa in the name of AIDS awareness with all profits going to combat the disease.
Red Hot is an AIDS awareness organisation currently partnering with cross-genre collaborators representing rock, hip-hop, Americana and classical music for the forthcoming album release of Fela Kuti covers. The release includes classic Fela anthems like ‘Lady’ recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angeliqué Kidjo and Akua Naru, and ‘Zombie’ recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex and Frown.
There is also a free download of the opening track of the release ‘Buy Africa’ by Baloji & L’Orchestre De La Katuba featuring Kuku. Click here to download.
Full track listing of the release, detailing all the featured artists involved:
Continuing their impressive series of reissues celebrating Fela’s 75th birthday, Knitting Factory Records are also releasing a further six reissues on the same day:
Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
Original Suffer Head / ITT
Live In Amsterdam
Beasts Of No Nation / ODOO
Making of ‘Lady’: