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Fela Kuti tribute concert streamed on Okayafrica and YouTube

Posted on June 19th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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A chance to rewitness a musical celebration of the Black President

On May 17, the venue 229 in central London played host to a gathering of top musicians in celebration of the Nigerian Afro-beat pioneer, Fela Kuti, prior to a new ten CD set release (May 20) by Knitting Factory Records as part of their complete reissue series of the Black President’s music.

The packed out show drew together artists who knew Fela Kuti and worked with him as musicians. Backed by Dele Sosimi and the Afrobeat Orchestra, the likes of Ginger Baker and Tony Allen paid tribute to the father of Afrobeat, performing interpretations of his songs to a sold-out audience. There was also a younger generation of artists such as Keziah Jones, Shingai Shoniwa (The Noisettes) and Afrikan Boy.

The entire event was filmed, and every weekday Okayafrica, the official Fela Kuti YouTube channel, and Vimeo have been releasing new videos from the evening. Highlights include Shingai Shoniwa performing ‘Lady’ and the first stage reunion in decades of drumming aficionados Ginger Baker and Tony Allen.

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More Fela Kuti reissues on the way

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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Fela Kuti reissue series continues with ten more CD releases

Knitting Factory Records continue their reissue series of the complete works of Fela Kuti with a further ten releases on May 20. This next batch of releases includes some of Fela Kuti’s iconic albums including Zombie (1977) and Coffin for Head of State (1980). 

In October this year, the Nigerian icon and Afro-beat originator would have been celebrating his 75th birthday, and these releases are continuing the legacy of the Black President. 

Previously unseen live footage of Fela performing ‘Beasts of No Nation’ live at the Zenith, Paris in 1984.

Full list of releases on May 20:

Ikoyi Blindness / Kalakuta Show (CD: KFR-1012)

Yellow Fever / Na Poi (CD: KFR-1013)

Johnny Just Drop (JJD) / Unnecessary Begging (CD: KFR-1014)

Zombie (CD: KFR-1015)

Upside Down / Fela And Roy Ayers (CD: KFR-1016)

Stalemate / Fear Not For Man (CD: KFR-1017)

Opposite People / Sorrow Tears & Blood (CD: KFR-1018)

Shuffering & Shmiling / No Agreement (CD: KFR-1019)

VIP / Authority Stealing (CD: KFR-1020)

Coffin For Head Of State / Unknown Soldier (CD: KFR-1021)

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