Fela Kuti’s The Best of the Black President Released Today

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’SThe Best Of The Black President is released on Knitting Factory Records today. The impact of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s music in Africa – and worldwide – cannot be overstated. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, he was Africa’s musical genius, the creator of Afrobeat – a genre combining traditional African highlife, jazz, James Brown funk grooves and latin rhythms into a unique toxic mix that is wholly his own – and a revolutionary. Fela’s politically inflammatory songs laid bare the corruption, violence, and greed of the ruling regimes across the Continent and world. Arrested over a hundred times by the Nigerian government, ultimately 1000 soldiers invaded and destroyed the Kalakuta Republic – Fela’s living and performing compound that he shared with his 27 wives and his mother – sending nearly all of the inhabitants to the hospital, or worse. Despite the death of his own mother after the siege, Fela never stopped fighting the powers of imperialism, colonialism and racism with – as the legendary Fela Kuti put it – music as his weapon.

With deluxe editions of The Best Of The Black President comes a 40 minute DVD, narrated by Sahr Ngaujah, interviews with Carlos Moore & Bill T jones, recorded concert footage, and excerpts from various Fela Kuti documentaries, including Music Is The Weapon.

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Hypnotic Ethiopian Grooves From Tommy T

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For the past three years, Tommy T has been the bass player for gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello. Tommy was born and raised in Ethiopia and brings his knowledge of global rhythms, reggae and dub to his first solo album, The Prester John Sessions. An aural travelogue that ranges freely through the music of Ethiopia, the album is a collection of 11 songs including a remix featuring fellow Gogol Bordello band mates Eugene Hutz and Pedro Erazo and mixed by Michael Goldwasser of the Easy Star All-Stars. The record also features two collaborations with Gigi, one of the most popular modern Ethiopian singers.

“The Response” from The Prester John Sessions
 

Head over to gigantic.com/tommyt to get your free download of “The Response”, listen to more streaming music at tommytmusic.com, and buy the album on iTunes today!

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Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell at Hudson – Monday 10/19

This Monday, Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell (Sacred Rhythm Music, Spiritual Life Music) makes a rare appearance at Hudson. Bringing you music that transcends this sphere and takes you into a world beyond.

Free Download : Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell presents Un.Chained Rhythums Selection (Part 1 – Exclusive Mix for Giant Step)

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SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Series – Podcast #1

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We are pleased to launch the first podcast in a new series called SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Series. The podcasts are hosted by acclaimed London-based DJ, Benji B, of Deviation. Each episode will feature a variety of artists and emerging acts from around the globe, crossing genres from soul and hip hop, to electronica and  dubstep, to rock and much more. The best in future sounds, the SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Series presents just-released and unreleased music.

In the first podcast, Benji B highlights the music of Kylie Auldlist, Silky, Silhouette Brown, Wale, The Hawthorne Headhunters, Kareem Riggins and The Pimps of Joytime.

After the jump, please verify that you are over 21 years of age and download or stream SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Podcast #1.

Enjoy the sounds of 2033 and check back next month for the second installment.

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