Fela Kuti Film in the Works

fela-kutiFela! the musical and Knitting Factory reissues have stirred up new interest in the legendary Afrobeat star, and now Focus Features has announced plans for a Fela movie.

Steve McQueen is signed on to direct, and the script will be written by Biyi Bandele, based on Michael Veal‘s book Fela: The Life and Times of An African Musical Icon.

 

 

The first of the Knitting Factory reissue series, The Best of the Black President, is now available from Fela.net in a variety of formats, including special edition packages with extras like downloads, video files, a DVD and more. The deluxe package with Fela T shirt and poster would make a cool holiday gift for your loved ones!

Tricky’s Knowle West Boy Remixed by South Rakkas Crew

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Tricky Meets South Rakkas Crew comes out today, a version excursion of ten tracks from Tricky‘s Knowle West Boy, where electro-dancehall collides with Tricky’s whispering ‘sprechgesang’ lyrical style to create a dancehall filler, radio killer, soundtrack thriller that seems to touch on all the happening urban sounds from around the globe. We’re talking hip-hop, reggae and rock inna dubstep dancehall style that’s left-of-center pop for the 21st century. As Tricky says: “We come in peace and leave you in pieces.”

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Tricky Meets South Rakkas Crew – “Numb”
 

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Corinne Bailey Rae Performing New Track “Love is on its Way”

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Catch a glimpse of last night’s concert with Corinne Bailey Rae at Hiro Ballroom in NYC, performing a new song “Love is on its Way”. Corinne’s upcoming full-length album, The Sea, will be released in January 2010. Thanks to everyone who came out for this special New York appearance!

Sade Releases New Single, Soldier of Love

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Today Sade releases the first single from her new album, Soldier of Love. The title track, which Sade co-produced with Mike Pela, was written by Sade along with longtime collaborators Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman and Paul Spencer Denman. This song, featuring a pulsating and anthemic drum beat along with haunting vocals that Sade is known for, kicks off the countdown for Soldier of Love. Recorded in England and set for release worldwide on February 8th 9th, Soldier of Love marks Sade’s first studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000.

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Win Tickets to Sold Out Corinne Bailey Rae NYC-12/07

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Poised to release her first album since her husband’s death, Corinne Bailey Rae is giving her first New York City performance in years on Monday December 7 at Hiro Ballroom showcasing a whole new sound that is garnering rave reviews. Naturally the show has been sold out for weeks, but for our community we have managed to save a few tickets for the lucky winners who can answer some questions.

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