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Red Hot & Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti [Import]

Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series, Fela Kuti Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B00006LWSB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. (Intro) Fela MentalityMario Caldato Jr. 1:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kalakuta ShowLateef 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Interlude: Live At KalakutaSegun Kehinde0:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shuffering & ShmilingTalib Kweli 7:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Interlude: Gimme Shit (Album Version)Mario Caldato Jr.0:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Water No Get Enemy [feat. The Soultronics]MacY Gray 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Water No Get Enemy [feat. The Soultronics]Fela Kuti 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gentleman [feat. Ron Blake]Me'Shell Ndegeocello 7:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tears and SorrowDjelimady Tounkara 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Shakara/ Lady (Part One)Cheikh Lo 2:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Shakara/Lady (Part Two) [feat. Chateau Flight]Les Nubians 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Interlude: Don't Worry About My Mouth O (African Message)Monoaural 1:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Zombie (Part One) [feat. Wunmi]Bugz In The Attic 2:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Zombie (Part Two)Nile Rodgers 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. No AgreementTony Allen 8:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. So Be ItKelis 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Interlude: This Is An Ashanti ProverbMonoaural0:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. By Your Side (Cottonbelly's Fola Mix-Edit)Sade Adu 4:39Album Only
Listen19. Colonial MentalityLenine 1:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am [feat. Kaouding Cissoko]Taj Mahal10:38Album Only


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Never has there been a more appropriate Red Hot tribute than this one dedicated to the music of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, the Nigerian legend who died from AIDS-related complications in 1997. The artists and groups heard here, nearly 40 all told, cover the musical spectrum: hip-hop (Blackalicious, Roots), jazz (Roy Hargrove, Archie Shepp); soul (Sade, D'Angelo), Afrobeat (Tony Allen, Femi Kuti), world music (Baaba Maal, Jorge Ben), electronic music (Mixmaster Mike, Money Mark) and rock (Nile Rodgers). They have come together to raise money for the 25 million Africans now infected with the AIDS/HIV virus. Red Hot efforts often pair different artists together on the same song, and this album features many once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. Fela's music has been refashioned and mixed together here according to the styles of the artists, rendering several of the 20 songs barely recognisable in comparison with the originals. But such is the strength of Fela's music that even such singular-sounding artists as Macy Gray and Dead Prez get into the Afrobeat spirit of things. --Tad Hendrickson

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Fela and all other AIDS victims 21 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
An excellent CD that truly encaptures the spirit of Fela's music. A great range of artists from Cheikh Lo to Taj Mahal to Les Nubians and then the 'conscious' rap artists Common, Talib Kweli, the Roots, Dead Prez. All tracks great, my personal favourites being 'No agreement' and 'Shuffering and Shmiling'. Net profits from this album will support Red Hot's awareness activities. Buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FELA LIVES! 7 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am a big Fela fan but for some reason I ignored this album for some time. Maybe I though that it would be a collection of pale imitations of Fela tunes, not worthy of the man and his music. When he was alive Fela hated the idea of anyone 'stealing' his music. Bill Laswell was once on the receiving end of Fela's wrath when he remixed some of Fela's music while Fela was in prison. If Fela heard this album though I think he'd love it!
The artists here have shown respect to Fela's spirit while really putting something new into the tunes. This is a supremely funky album and which is full of highlights but the versions of 'Expensive Sh*t' and 'No Agreement' are amazing.
Make sure you buy the original to support AIDS charities in Africa. Anyone with a interest in funky black music MUST own this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album 8 Feb 2013
By Mari1
Format:Audio CD
A totally new approach to afrobeat music, the album takes Fela's music and completely mixes it up whilst keeping the Essence, power and vibe of Fela!
Also buying the cd supports an important cause and raises awareness about Africa and HIV. It's a win win buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 22 Oct 2002
By Jeff Gould - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This tribute to the "music and spirit" of Fela Kuti truly lives up to its title, unlike other tributes that merely exploit the legacy of great artists. But then again, this is what we would expect from the organization that put this out. Red Hot has been producing concept and tribute albums to raise money for AIDS research, each of which has been artistically well-executed and a labor of love. When Fela Kuti died of AIDS in 1997, he left behind an important legacy as an Afrobeat pioneer, protest singer, and cultural rebel. The artists who pay tribute to him encompass R&B, rap, neo-soul and blues royalty (D'Angelo, Common, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Taj Mahal, Sade), as well as great African indigenous artists (Cheikh Lo, Baaba Maal). As diverse as their styles are, the musicians have managed to respect the Afrobeat roots and emotional authenticity of Fela's music - which is what makes this tribute truly great indeed. A few surprises here: Scratchy-voiced Macy Gray (love her or hate her) singing in Yoruba in Water No Get Enemy (featuring Fela's son Femi and D'Angelo) over the driving horns and heavy percussion anticipates a creative disaster, but the result is the one of the highlights of this album. Surprise #2: Fellow-Nigerian Sade contributes a dubby, echo-ey remix of her hit By Your Side spliced with Fela samples...the most radical thing she's done (by the way, this remix has been a hard-to-get underground hit for months, so its inclusion here is a double bonus). The great music and the important cause behind it makes this an album to get.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars red hot and revolutionary 4 Nov 2002
By A B Akinsiku - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this album is a near perfect tribute to Fela.Unlike the Marley kids produced tribute Album to their father 'Chant Down Babylon'The producers of Red, Hot and Riot have opted for Re-interpretation as a theme rather than cloning the original classics. Herein lies the strength of this album.
'Kalakuta show' is broken down and recontructed with verseral vision curtesy of Mixmaster Mike. 'Water no get Enemy' one of Felas masterpieces is scorching! Imagine Macy Gray singing in Pidgin English! Shuffring and smilling also gets an ingenius makeover by dead prez and Talib Queli.One of the only blemishes on this otherwise masterpiece is the cringeworthy bastardization of Felas magnus Opus 'Zombie'.Wunmis vocals on this song are painful to behold.Her vocals have no emotional content/sensitivity to the music.She seems content to just crash through the song like proverbial Bull in a China shop.
The main stength of this album also turns out to be its own weakness. The idea to re-interpret Fela songs featured here is probably taken a step too far on some songs. Some of the songs are totally unrecognisable...using only little snippets of his vocals or lyrics.This means we loose the urgency, humour, and bitting commentry of Felas lyrics.And as anyone who is familiar with his music will tell you, Felas words are just as important as his music.
Having said that, if you are looking for an example of what the next step in Afrobeat should sound like, or indeed if you are alover of music...look no further. This is near perfect!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Tribute for a good cause! 6 Sep 2005
By Nse Ette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fela was the founder and king of Afrbeat, and an inspiration to acts as diverse as fellow Nigerian Lagbaja, and US prog rock duo The Mars Volta (Yes!!). Sadly he succumbed to AIDS related complications in 1997. Fitting then that this tribute CD raises money for AIDS relief in Africa. The CD liner notes talk extensively on this.

Chock full of a diverse array of musical talent; Nile Rogers, Macy Gray, D'Angelo, Sade, The Roots, Les Nubians, Meshell Ndegeocello, Femi Kuti, Baaba Maal and Cheikh Lo to name a few. Most of the songs are reinterpretations of songs by Fela in the artists own unique style, usually arranged differently from the originals. Fela's original vocals are interspersed during interludes. An excellent blend of African meets African American.

`Water no get enemy' featuring Femi, Macy Gray, Nile Rogers, Roy Hargrove and D'Angelo stays faithful to the original; shuffling beats, rich percussion, and lots of blaring horns. It's a real treat hearing Macy and D'Angelo singing in pidgin English.

The vocals of Sade's `By your side' are imposed on a shuffling dubby Afrobeat rhythm. Echo-ey vocals and rich percussion, dreamy sounding. Excellent!

`So be it' featuring Kelis on vocals is the other non Fela composition. It is a calming R&B song with some African sounding backing vocals and great horns played by Ugochi Nwaogwugwu.

`No Agreement' by Res, Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul & Archie Shepp is another outstanding performance. Great jazzy breaks and wonderful horns.

`Zombie (part 1)' is a bouncy hip hop/Afrobeat affair featuring Bugz in the Attic & Wunmi, with lyrics about the robot mentality of soldiers blindly taking orders from above. Written during the days of military rule in Nigeria.

`Zombie (part 2)' with Nile Rogers and Roy Hargrove is an excellent instrumental piece, closer to the original. An energetic horn laden, percussion rich number, with faint electronic tweets.

Another outstanding piece is `Shuffering and shmiling' featuring Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Bilal and Jorge Ben. Transformed with skittery beats and some skat singing and rapping, and horns that stay true to the original. Beautiful!

Each song is musically rich and captivating in it's own way, be it `Gentleman', `Shakara/lady (parts 1 and 2)' with excellent guitar work, talking drums and razor sharp horns, to `Trouble sleep, yanga wake am'. The attention to detail is astounding, everything in its right place.

A beautiful CD showing the wealth and beauty of African music. Not meant to replace the originals at all, and a perfect tribute to the king.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure 21 Feb 2004
By Arzurama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's not a bad cut on this CD. I never had the pleasure of seeing Fela Kuti, altho I've caught his son in performance a few times. This CD admirably honors Fela's fight, his soul, his fire! My favorite cut is Gentleman with Meshell and Yerba Buena! Baby, it just don't get any better than this...hot, luscious Afro-Soul with a dead-on message. I'm not a Sade fan, but even I have to bask in the black velvet glow of her slide thru this remake of By Your Side. Anyone who digs Macy Gray (count me in) will be all smiles listening to her signature riffs on Water No Get Enemy. I hope the inclusion of Baaba Maal and Cheikh Lo will turn on those listeners who might not otherwise tune in to these killer African artists. This CD is always in my rotation (along with Resident Alien, Seal IV, 6 Degrees' Latin Travels, and Tourist) Slide it in and dance your heart to bursting. It's all for a good cause (AIDS awareness), so double bonus!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot! 13 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD seamlessly blends African rhythms, 70's funk and modern vocals into a irrepresible AfrofunKalicious mix. Tracks like "Gentlemen" with funky bass laced through traditional West African drum rhythms make it impossible to sit still (this track also features the ultra-sexy voice of MeShell N'degeocello), while artists like Sade slow things down. The CD ends with Baaba Maal (another awesome West African musician), whose voice betrays his muezzein lineage. This is probably one of the best cross-genre CD's I've heard, and is even better than my previously favorite Red Hot compilation, Red Hot + Rio. Red Hot + Riot is perfect for party music, jammin' in the car, or dancing alone on your room. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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