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Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set

FELA KUTI VINYL BOX SET 1 OUT FEBRUARY 1
(CURATED BY ?UESTLOVE (THE ROOTS))

BROADWAY SHOW TO BROADCAST TO 86 THEATRES ACROSS USA AND 352 THEATRES ON FOUR CONTINENTS

KNITTING FACTORY RECORDS TO RELEASE FINAL SET OF FELA CD REISSUES JANUARY 18

Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the first of the long-awaited vinyl reissues from the Fela Kuti catalog. This is the first in a series of curated vinyl box sets. The box includes six Fela Kuti albums that were handpicked by ?uestlove of The ROOTS. The artwork for each album is painstakingly recreated original album artwork along with vintage vinyl label artwork. What’s more is that this release marks the first time that some of these Fela Kuti albums have been released on vinyl domestically.

The box includes the albums:

Everything Scatter (1975)
Expensive Shit (1975)
Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1986)
Beasts Of No Nation (1989)
Fear Not For Man (1977)
Sorrow Tears And Blood (1977)

“It’s the story of Hip Hop. It’s the story of taking nothing and turning it into something.” – ?uestlove

FELA! COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU

Tony Award winning Broadway musical FELA! – a provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti – will be filmed live at London’s National’s Olivier Theatre and broadcast to 86 screens in the United States, 85 Canadian theatres as well as in cinemas in three other continents, totaling 352 venues in 20 countries. All UK venues will debut this event on January 13, 2011 with varying dates occurring internationally (see www.ntlive.com for other international dates).

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite, live in Europe and some US cities, and time-delayed in countries further afield. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

This is a great way to be a part of the show whose cast recording recently received a Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Show Album.” The FELA! – Original Broadway Cast Recording documents the magic of the hit Broadway musical that Ben Brantley of the New York Times called “hot (and seriously cool).” He went on to say that “there has never been anything on Broadway like this production,” and Elysa Gardner of USA Today called it “this decade’s most exhilarating new Broadway musical.”

The FELA! – Original Broadway Cast Recording features the incomparable Sahr Ngaujah as Fela singing with members of the irrepressibly funky Antibalas. All 16 of the Fela compositions that are performed on stage each night, leaving sold-out audiences astonished and breathless at the end of every show, are on the record as are several songs performed by Funmalayo (Fela’s mother) as played by the Tony-award winning Lilias White, and Sandra Izadore (Fela’s American girlfriend) as played by Saycon Sengbloh. The record was produced by the Grammy-nominated Robert Sher.

KNITTING FACTORY RECORDS TO RELEASE POWER SHOW SET JANUARY 18TH

In 2010, we saw the re-release of 34 Fela Kuti albums dating back to records that were originally released in 1969. 2011 will see the continuation of sharing Fela’s art with the world, starting with Knitting Factory Record’s January 18th release of the final set of re-released CDs in a set titled Power Show.

Power Show includes 10 albums (on 7 CDs) spanning from 1979 to Fela Kuti’s last album, Underground System, originally released in 1992. It was during this era that Fela consistently toured on the international circuit, bringing Afrobeat to the world. This period also coincides with severe political turmoil in Fela’s Nigerian home and is unsurprisingly reflected in Fela’s music. Starting with Unknown Soldier (1979) and Coffin For Head Of State (1980), which directly address the fatal attack by the Nigerian army on Kalakuta Republic, to Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1986), which criticizes the government as a corrupt teacher, to later albums which descriptively question ethics and policies related to past and modern colonization via capitalism. Fela’s political statements also began to expand beyond Africa to the U.N. as on Beasts Of No Nation. Fela’s compositions grew more complex, the songs longer but no less funky. Many Fela fans feel this era holds some of his crowning achievements – like the masterfully produced Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense or the political powerhouse I.T.T.

Albums in the Power Show set include:

Coffin For Head Of State (1979) / Unknown Soldier (1980)
Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1986)
Original Suffer Head (1981) / I.T.T. (1980)
Live In Amsterdam (1984)
Army Arrangement (1984)
Beasts Of No Nation (1989) / O.D.O.O. (1990)
Underground System (1992)

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