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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Thievery Corporation (Live) Return to NYC’s Terminal 5 on Halloween with Ocote Soul Sounds

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In the wake of their massively successful back-to-back February concerts, Thievery Corporation has been busy launching a new site and getting back on the road again for a string of 15 dates, ending on October 31, in New York City. With special guest Ocote Soul Sounds, the D.C. duo and their cast of usual characters return to Terminal 5 with more of that ground breaking sound solidified in their 5th studio release Radio Retaliation.

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Alex Barck (Jazzanova) with Special Guest Alex from Tokyo

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On Friday November 13 at the Sullivan Room,  Alex Barck from the world renown collective Jazznova brings you some of the world’s best nu-jazz and deep house grooves, with a very special appearance from DJ Alex from Tokyo (Tokyo Black Star).  Buy your tickets in advance and take advantage of our limited $10 tickets! (only 50 tickets available)

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Giant Step Presents Ben Watt at Cielo – October 22 & 23

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Every time Ben Watt (Buzzin’ Fly, UK) plays, it’s a night to remember- that’s why we are bringing him to you for TWO nights at Cielo, NYC.

Thursday and Friday 10/22 and 10/23
10pm-4am
21+ w/ID

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