For more details on the Fela Kuti boxset, check here.
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.”
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Check out this video from Wax Poetics: Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra. This video for “Shot Me in the Heart” comes from the Wax Poetics x Converse 45 Series.
The funk & soul mag also has a release party tonight in NYC for Joe Cuba’s El Alcalde Del Barrio -The Architect of the Nuyorican Sound, the Fania reissue. Come check it out at Le Poisson Rouge - Doors 10pm. You must RSVP and get there early, but if you’re quick, you’ll catch performances by Chico Mann, The Boogaloo Assassins, DJ Bobbito Garcia & DJ Turmix.
UK tastemaker extraordinaire Gilles Peterson pulls out some of his favorite laid-back tracks of the year, as well as some of 2009′s best reissues and world music releases. As usual, the GPWW playlist is widely diverse, running the gambit from Marvin Gaye to Oliver Lake Ntu to Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou.
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Like what you hear? Gilles will make his Brooklyn debut on Jan 29th at Littlefield. Check him in person. More info here.