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Fela Kuti
Box Set #4 Compiled by Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti released so many albums during his spectacular lifetime that it can be hard to know precisely where to go as a listener. But worry not, Knitting Factory and Erykah Badu have got you covered! Box Set #4 contains seven discs of carefully compiled classics (chosen by Badu...view item »


Fela Kuti
Expensive Shit

Nigerian police, seeking to frame Fela Kuti, tried to plant a joint of marijuana on him during a gathering at his home. Wise to their plan, he quickly swallowed the joint. However, the police threw him in jail to wait for the evidence to make its way through his system. With some wily plotting Fela escaped charges and subsequently produced this ...view item »


Fela Kuti
Zombie

Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The title track of Zombie is an acknowledged Fela classic, but the album as a whole hasn’t been available as a s...view item »


Fela Kuti
Gentleman

The first time Gentleman has been made available on individual vinyl since its original release in 1973. The father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti pulls no punches with Gentleman, big band groove for days with serious and equally big messages. The title track being an opposition to the west, Fefe Naa Efe a trib...view item »


Femi Kuti
One People One World

The Kuti's are quite the family eh? Femi Kuti is of course the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and the brother of Seun Kuti. Given they've both released albums in 2018 the rivalry between the two brothers must be immense. Though maybe not, One People One Worl...view item »


Fela Kuti
Na Poi



Fela Kuti
He Miss Road

‘He Miss Road’ was created during one of Fela Kuti's most productive periods as an artist. This lush vinyl reissue (on long time Kuti curators Knitting Factory records) presents the fruit of lavish 70s funk combining with Fela's trademark Afrobeat sound. Using Ginger Baker as producer adds a nice footnote along with ...view item »


Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close

A great package here that features a rather rare album. Alagbon Close is a lesser-known 70s session from Fela -- but a great one too, and a record that captures the Africa 70 group at all their early raw best! The album's 2 tracks are both very long -- stretching for a side of the record apiece -- and the title track "Alagbon Close" features som...view item »


Fela Kuti
Shakara

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. Shakara contains the Fela favouri...view item »


Fela Kuti
Fear Not For Man



Fela Kuti
Everything Scatter

Everything Scatter is one of Fela's first observations on how dysfunctional a country Nigeria is, but it doesn't yet rise to the level of political criticism that marked later Fela. Everything Scatter was originally released in 1975. This was the beginning of what was arguably Fela's greatest period, and in the next three years he would release ...view item »


Fela Kuti
Beasts Of No Nation



Fela Kuti
London Scene

Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is known for having a huge and excellent catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. London Scene is early, formative ...view item »


Fela Kuti
Afrodisiac

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. Afrodisiac features the track ‘Alu Jon Jonki...view item »


Fela Kuti
ITT

Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is known for having a huge and excellent catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. ITT (International Thief Thief) is...view item »


Fela Kuti
Upside Down

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. 1976’s Upside Down is storming and political...view item »


Fela Kuti
Open & Close / Afrodesiac

Get the party started with this one. 'Open & Close' is probably my favourite Kuti track. The nearly 15 minute long track is a relentless mix of jazz and African tribal drumming and rhythm which swings along with punchy trumpets above a chorus of piano, guitar, saxophone and jangling percussion. You get swept away with it and at the 8...view item »


Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer

One of the best qualities of Fela's work that I have always enjoyed is the electric, live feel to his albums but this album doesn't have that. The music is top shelf but for a musician that has so many excellent recordings this one just misses the mark a bit. This album really feels like its one of Femi Kuti's instead of Fela's, which is not to ...view item »


Fela Anikulapo Kuti & The Africa '70
I Go Shout Plenty

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Fela Kuti and His Africa 70
Fela Fela Fela

These Fela Kuti recordings, produced with his Africa 70 ensemble, were made in Los Angeles in 1969, and have been little-heard so far. But New York’s Knitting Factory Records are putting out Fela Fela Fela afresh, showcasing that early Fela style. Needless to say, this is groovy a...view item »


Fela Kuti
Vinyl Boxset 3 Curated by Brian Eno

I think we can all agree it would have been pretty cool if Brian Eno had done one of his iconic collaborative records with Fela Kuti. Unfortunately, that never happened, but 'Vinyl Boxset 3', curated by the ambient artist and pop producer himself, does allow them to collaborate in a small way: Eno selects seven Fela Kuti records to go into one h...view item »
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Fela Kuti
Sorrow Tears & Blood

'Sorrow Tears & Blood' is one of Fela Kuti's most politically significant records, made with the Soweto Uprising of South Africa which staunchly rejected the continued attempt to enforce colonial ideology in colleges, such as the teaching of Afrikaans. Unlike many of Fela Kuti's records, the sense of joy found in funk and jazz rhythms is red...view item »
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Fela Kuti
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense' offers up three massively long compositions from Fela Kuti that delve deeply into his interest in mixing Afrobeat with soul, while still maintaining a strong amount of horns. There's also signs of the politically charged artist listeners of Fela Kuti will have come to expect in the thirty-minute, two-part "Look ...view item »


Fela Kuti
Finding Fela - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

'Finding Fela' is a new documentary that investigates the personal history, the political significance and the musical innovations of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, looking at the way he blended jazz with funk and African music. Its soundtrack is being released via Knitting Factory and offers up two discs worth of Fela Kuti's original music. ...view item »
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Fela Kuti
Koola Lobitos 64-68 / The '69 Los Angeles Sessions

Anyone that can listen to Fela and not be moved truly doesn't understand music. This album, representing some of his earliest work, is a view directly into his High Life beginnings. It is perky and upbeat, the horns are remarkable and the drum work is still to this day impossible to imitate. Although every song is incredible, you should feel goo...view item »


Fela Kuti
Fela With Ginger Baker Live!

This is an album by the African performer/activist Fela Ransome-Kuti and features Ginger Baker, the famous drummer best known for his work with '60s supergroup Cream. Smooth melding of the music of two super talents; Fela is magnetic as usual and Ginger Baker does his thing without stepping on Fela; excellent backing band too. A nice live perfor...view item »
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Fela Kuti
Shakara / London Scene

This album is an absolutely party political blast. Lots of horns and African roots on it in long improvisatory musical poetry. This is absolutely Ellingtonian funk indeed... Of course MCA who has the okay player hip-hop stuff on it is smart to reissue this series of Fela dopeness. The smart packaging combines 2 albums in it and that is rather go...view item »


Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles

If you're looking for a really good afrobeat CD, this one is solid all the way through. All 6 tracks are nice and lengthy and high quality (even the bonus tracks). Also it comes with a booklet with a brief history of Fela and an explanation/translation of each song. If you are curious about Afrobeat check this one out. Everything that was to mak...view item »


Fela Kuti
Confusion / Gentleman

As much as any major artist of the rock-era, Fela's recordings work as a musical biography, telling the chapter-by-chapter story of this fascinating man's 25 year struggle to catalyse the pride of Black Nigeria as it moved beyond British colonialism. Yes, the intrinsic groove of Fela's "afrobeat" rarely fails to amaze and inspire (in short: funk...view item »


Fela Kuti
Expensive Shit / He Miss Road

The Nigerian musician Fela Kuti combined artistic and political engagement. He advanced a bold new genre called afrobeat, where funk instrumentation was laid over the traditional rhythms of his country, creating a supremely engaging sound. Everything takes its time to develop--few Kuti songs are under the ten-minute mark--but the listener falls ...view item »
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Fela Kuti
Monkey Banana / Excuse-O

"Monkey Banana/Excuse O" is another gem in the Fela two-albums-on-one-CD reissue series. It should be noted that unlike some of the other titles in this series, the song "Monkey Banana" was previously available on the original Celluloid label release of "Zombie" in the mid-1980s. Both the original "Monkey Banana" (with its b-side "Sense Wiseness...view item »


Fela Kuti
Everything Scatter / Noise For Vendor Mouth

A great pairing, really. This wasn't where I started on my Fela collection, but having listened to it quite a few times now I have to rank it among my favourites like Confusion/Gentleman, Opposite People/Sorrow, Tears, and Blood. In the first 30 seconds or so of 'Everything Scatter' I knew I was going to like this, and of course (go Fela!) wasn'...view item »


Fela Kuti
The Best Of The Black President 2

Deluxe three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition includes bonus DVD. 2013 collection from the late Nigerian musician. Maybe start with The Best Of The Black President 1 first, it is truly a remarkable overview of a musical genius and a 50+ album career. Not all the songs here are in the same vein as TBOTBP-1 except maybe "Yellow Fever", but still, it i...view item »
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Fela Kuti
The Miss Road

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Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Africa 70 with Ginger Baker
Live!

Originally recorded in 1971 at Abbey Road studios in just a few hours, 'Live!' is a collaboration between good friends former Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome-Kuti and his band The Africa 70. Featuring a live audience of 150 people who crammed into the studio with them, this ...view item »
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Fela Kuti
Confusion

This classic Afrobeat LP houses merely a single eponymous piece, not much under half an hour long, that commences with an enigmatic kaleidoscopic face-off between Kuti on organ and Tony Allen on percussion. As the tune becomes increasingly fevered and groovesome,  our man FeKu chan...view item »
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