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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 opus mocking the police for wasting resources on hassling him instead of furthering justice in Nigeria. Opening brass sounds give way to interplay between Fela’s narration about the episode and responses from his group of female singers.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2015-1)
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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) from the Kuti catalogue, along with a booklet of in-depth commentaries and essays. Perfect.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (KFR4005-1)
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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 stand-alone vinyl since the original release. Mmmm, tasty political afrobeat.... LP on Knitting Factory.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2025-1)

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 tribute to Ghana, and Igbe showing Kuti breaking taboos again and again with his constant use of the word Sh*t in various languages.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2009-1)

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 World is not in the least a petty record. But rather one of infinite warmth and understanding. 
  • Vinyl LP (KFR1142-1)

Fela Kuti
Na Poi


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2021-1)

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 an opulent and psychedelic twist. Backed up steadfastly by Fela's Africa 70 band it's almost impossible not to feel the groove.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2016-1)

Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2011-1)

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 favourite ‘Lady’, along with a much rarer cut.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2027-1)

Fela Kuti
Fear Not For Man


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2028-1)

Fela Kuti
Everything Scatter


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2013-1)

Fela Kuti
Beasts Of No Nation


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2043-1)

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 Kuti, and even features Ginger Baker on one track(!).
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2004-1)

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 Jon’, which is an amazing jam even by Fela’s high high standards.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2008-1)

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 an especially political slice of super-groove.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2038-1)

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, with a guest spot for black rights activist Sandra Izsadore.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2023-1)

Fela Kuti
Open & Close / Afrodesiac


  • CD (KFR-1006)

Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer


  • CD (KFR-1008)

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 and gorgeous and full of life.
  • Vinyl 10" (KFR4007)

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 huge boxset. Contained among the walls of this boxset are 'London Scene', 'Shakara', 'Afrodisiac', 'Gentlemen', 'Zombie', 'Upside Down' and 'I.T.T.'. It's like you're listening to Brian Eno listen to amazing Afrobeat. 

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 reduced, with a more brash, lyrical confrontation taking to the forefront. 

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 and Love", which is about an attack on his hometown from Nigerian soldiers.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2042-1)

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. 

Various
Red Hot + Fela

Red Hot + compilations are always worth a listen. The label, which is an offshoot of The Red Hot Organisation, specialises in getting together groups of artists to reinterpret the music of some seminal artist or another. They then donate the proceeds of their LPs to fighting AIDS. This is a noble cause in and of itself, so it's a bonus that their records tend to be pretty good too. On Red Hot + Fela we find everyone from ?uestlove to Chance The Rapper to Spoek Mathambo taking a dip in the archive of the late, great Fela Kuti.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KFR1131-1)
  • CD (KFR1131-2)

Fela Kuti
Koola Lobitos 64-68 / The '69 Los Angeles Sessions


  • CD (KFR-1002)
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Fela Kuti
Shakara / London Scene


  • CD (KFR-1004)

Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles


  • CD (KFR-1005)

Fela Kuti
Confusion / Gentleman


  • CD (KFR-1007)

Fela Kuti
Monkey Banana / Excuse-O


  • CD (KFR-1010)

Fela Kuti
Everything Scatter / Noise For Vendor Mouth


  • CD (KFR-1011)

Fela Kuti
The Best Of The Black President 2


  • CD (KFR10292)

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 is not only a piece of history with some of the most accomplished musicianship you'll ever hear, it's also a really fun party record and a great example of what a live album should be.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2003-1)
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  • Knitting Factory

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 channels the wild spirit of Lagos - Its multitude of accents, the gridlocked roads, the inadequate police force etc to highlight his fierce spirited passion and underlying frustrations regarding his amazing troubled home country, Nigeria.