Saturday, 16 February 2013

The complete works of FELA KUTI - Re-Issued, Re-Mastered, Re-Packed from 04/Mar/13

'The Best Of The Black President 2'
Release date: 4 March 2013

Listen to Fela's "Everything Scatter":

Nigerian icon and Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti passed away 15 years ago but to this day his legacy lives on across the globe with his still-relevant, forthright political views and powerful music. Fela's entire catalogue, consisting of almost 50 albums, are now being re-packaged, with in-depth track commentaries written by Afrobeat historian Chris May, and prepared for a three-batch re-launch between March and September 2013.

The re-release programme will be spearheaded on 4 March 2013 by the release of The Best Of The Black President 2, a 2CD collection with foreword written by Senegalese-American R&B/hip-hop artist Akon. The twelve tracks (none under 10 minutes) include 1975's "Everything Scatter", probably one of the ultimate Afrobeat tracks, as well as an extended version of the classic "Sorrow Tears and Blood", inspired by the South African apartheid regime's crushing of the Soweto uprising in 1976. 

Fela recounts stories such as police having unsuccessfully attempted to charge Fela for possession of weed ("Expensive Shit") and speaks out about the practise of skin-bleaching among Nigerian women ("Yellow Fever"). Fela's final period of recording is covered too with 1992's "Underground System (Part 2)", inspired by Fela's friend, Burkina Faso's revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara and his assassination. A special deluxe edition of The Best Of The Black President 2 also includes a DVD of Fela's legendary 1984 Glastonbury concert.


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