FEB SELECTIONS > 2011

1. FELA – BOXSET (curated by ?LOVE) – UNIVERSAL RECS.

FELA’S MUSIC IS POWERFUL RHYTHMIC, HYPNOTIC JAZZ WITH A MESSAGE.. MY FAV KIND OF SHIT!

Over a decade after his death, vindication has come to Fela Kuti, Africa’s musical genius. AfroBeat, his gift to the world, is now an international staple on his own uncompromising terms, social content intact.

Throughout his life, Fela contended that AfroBeat was a modern form of danceable, African classical music with an urgent message for the planet’s denizens. Created out of a cross-breeding of Funk, Jazz, Salsa and Calypso with Juju, Highlife and African percussive patterns, it was to him a political weapon.

By the end of his life, Kuti had become a symbol of Nigeria’s (and African) struggle against colonial oppression, rule and influence. His battle ended on August 2, 1997 when Fela Anikulapo Kuti succumbed to complications caused by the AIDS virus in Lagos, Nigeria. But the music lives on. This collection captures many of Fela Kuti’s classic musical moments. Silenced by death, Fela’s legacy, which spanned more than 35 years, eventually burgeoned into a sizeable, impressive catalog.

Born Fela Ransome Kuti on October 15, 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria, he lived the life of a revered musician, political activist and dissenter. Fela was the bane of every Nigerian dictatorship and military regime that successively took power during his lifetime (His home was twice ransacked and once burnt down by military thugs, and Kuti spent 2 years in prison on fraudulent charges.). This antagonism provided much if not all of the material for Kuti’s unique artistry.

Kuti’s brand of music, which he himself dubbed “Afrobeat”, was a vehicle for his contempt for injustice: equal parts funk, jazz and socio-political commentary, yet deeply rooted in African traditionalism. It is determinedly circular, cyclical and repetitious and often conveys an ageless, tribal sense of urgency. In many cases Kuti’s music strings the listener along into what is the typical experience of any common poor, oppressed African, as if by some form of sonic hypnosis (“Shuffering & Shmiling”, Disc 2). “I.T.T.”, “Authority Stealing” and “Beast of No Nation” are Fela staples included on King of Afrobeat.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, now literally meant ‘He Who Emanates Greatness (Fela), Having Control Over Death (Anikulapo), Death Cannot Be Caused By Human Entity (Kuti). Ironically, this now aptly represents his music – and this retrospective illustrates how powerful it still sounds today.

2. KINGS & QUEENS E.P – AJELLO HEELS OF LOVE & RAMPI PRESENT JADOO – SOLAR DISCO RECS

3. COLOUR WHEEL, RIVIERA SYNDROME -THE WORLD OF PROGRESSIVE DISCO – BEAR FUNK RECS.

4. PULA DUB FEAT PEIKO VIITALA AND JIMI TENOR – SAHKO RECORDINGS

5. EVERYMAN DIFFERENT – MUNGO’S HI-FI REMIX – SCOTCH BONNET

6. BUN DEM DOWN FEAT MARGET- SCOTCH BONNET RECS

7. STEVEIE & CLEVIE – REGGAE ANTHONLOGY – VP RECORDS

8. RANKIN DREAD – FATTIE BOOM BOOM – GREENSLEEVES RECS

9. UROY  – LUV N LIV (DUB GABRIEL MIX) – DESTROY ALL CONCEPTS RECS.

10.  ALBO ROSIE / WENDY RENE -TEARS – MEGABASS

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