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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V V Brown on Tour in US

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/YtTWIQmntaE" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]After gaining critical acclaim from U.K. media and the European festival circuit, Capitol Records singer-songwriter V V Brown has planned her first U.S. live appearances for late October. Her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, is scheduled for North American release early in 2010, with an introductory EP planned in November 2009.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 24 New York, NY @ Santos Party House (CMJ Showcase; 12 midnight set time)
October 26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy (opening for Midnight Juggernauts; 11pm set time)
October 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland (opening for First Aid Kit; 10pm set time)
October 29 San Francisco, CA @ Poleng Lounge

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Wayna ft. Wale – “Billyclub” Remix

waynadown1Download the Run DMC-backed remix of Wayna‘s “Billyclub ft Wale” here (right-click to download).

Wayna’s new EP, Soul and the City, featuring Wale, Wajeed and more drops in November on Quiet Power Productions.

She’s also performing on a Billie Holiday Tribute at Blues Alley – Wednesday, October 21st in Washington D.C. Keep an eye out for November tour dates coming soon…

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Nneka Download & November Tour Dates

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Download MP3 of “The Uncomfortable Truth” Here (right-click to download)

Coming from Nigeria via Germany, Nneka is finally making her US debut with Concrete Jungle, slated for release on February 2nd, 2010. In preparation she’s hitting the road this November; her first US tour. The digital EP will be available on November 3, and a vinyl 7” will be released later in November.

Tour Dates:

Monday, 11/9 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
Tuesday, 11/10 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom w/ The Roots
Thursday, 11/12 – Boston, MA – Café 939
Friday, 11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
Saturday, 11/14 – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
Tuesday, 11/17 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Thursday, 11/19 – Santa Monica, CA – Zanzibar
Friday, 11/20 – San Francisco, CA – Café Du Nord

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