New Re-issues from Fela Kuti & Knitting Factory Records

Our friends at Knitting Factory Records and Fela.net have announced the second set of Fela Kuti reissues, Na Poi:

These 7 CDs, which include 14 albums released primarily in the mid-70s, contain some of the most powerful music of Fela’s career, representing Fela and Africa ‘70 in their prime. In this collection, Fela’s political and social commentary begins to reach a boiling point with songs such as “Alagbon Close”, “Icy Blindness”, and “Expensive Shit.” “Na Poi” was banned from the radio for explicit sexual references, and in “Yellow Fever” Fela urges people to shake loose the colonial mentality. Fela’s more poetic and metaphysical inclinations are also represented in this collection, with masterpieces such as “Water No Get Enemy.”


Enter To Win Tickets To FELA! On Broadway

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Celebrate The Man, The Music, The Movement: Fela! on Broadway

“There has never been anything on Broadway like this production!”
The New York Times

Giant Step is giving away tickets to FELA! on Broadway, the highly acclaimed Afrobeat musical directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones. Enter to win a pair of tickets below. Two lucky winners will be notified via email.*

The online contest is now closed. Get discount tickets to FELA! here

*Email address must be verified. By entering, you will be added to the Giant Step mailing list. Show dates for tickets in March/April TBA.

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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!

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

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For a limited time, stream the full album on AOL

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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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Felabrations 2009 – Celebrating The Life & Music Of Fela Kuti

felabration-splash-final1In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, as well as the debut of the FELA! show on Broadway, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (October 15, 1938 – August 2, 1997). With the support of esteemed DJs such as Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Ron Trent, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Day, Jeremy Sole, DJ Kemit, J-Justice, Adam Gibbons, DJ Sun, Chicken George and Frank Gossner, as well as artists such as Roy Ayers, WUNMI, Ikebe Shakdown, Baba Ola Jagun, Amon, and many more, these events will bring together the diverse communities and tastemakers across the country who are instrumental in keeping Fela’s music alive.

Full Schedule of Felabrations 2009

Download “Zombie” [mp3] (right-click to download)

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Stream tracks from The Best Of The Black President CD+DVD