Saturday, May 01, 2010

Fela, Round 2

Back in February I shared the first batch of Fela Kuti reissues from our friends over at Knitting Factory Records. Well in a few weeks, May 11th to be exact, the second wave of albums will become available: seven CDs with fourteen albums of material. While the first batch were records from early in Fela's career, this second batch includes music from the mid 70's, when he was really hitting his stride. While they're not available yet, you can head over to the Knitting Factory website to pre-order them in bargain bundles either in digital or physical format (you get a digital download automatically with the CDs as well), along with a special edition t-shirt. Included in this second batch are the following albums:

Alagbon Close (1974) / Why Black Man Dey Suffer (1971)
Expensive Shit (1975) / He Miss Road (1975)
Everything Scatter (1975) / Noise For Vendor Mouth (1975)
Monkey Banana (1975) / Excuse O ( 1975)
Ikoyi Blindness (1976) / Kalakuta Show (1976)
Yellow Fever (1976) / Na Poi (1976)
J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop) (1977) / Unnecessary Begging (1976)

And a little further over the horizon (June 8th), the original Broadway cast recording for Fela! will hit shelves. While I'm not a big Broadway fan, I've been jonesing to get down to NYC to check it out, possible this summer. The recording features performances from the show, which include Antibalas providing instrumentation. Head over here to pre-order that as well!

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