Fela Kuti Reissues
Over the past several months, Knitting Factory Records has been re-releasing Fela Kuti's entire catalogue. On September 14, Knitting Factory will release a new set of Fela reissues. This portion of the reissues series, entitled "Zombie" in celebration of Fela's most well known song, spans the years 1976 - 1980. The set contains 11 albums, this period of Fela's storied career saw his Kalakuta Republic increasingly under siege from the Nigerian government, and the clear rise of his vitriol as it fermented into scathing musical diatribes. 13 CDs and 23 albums have already been re-released this year through this landmark reissue series, and the reaction has been rapturous as Fela's music continues to find new audiences every day.
Tracks such as "Authority Stealing" and the international hit "Zombie" are great examples of Fela's unfiltered outpouring of raw anger towards the oppressive Nigerian government. Interestingly, the 1976 album Upside Down features the vocals of Sandra Isadore - the American woman who introduced Fela to the Black Power Movement. Music Of Many Colours is collaboration with American vibraphonist Roy Ayers.
The titles that are being released are:
Upside Down (1976) / Music of Many Colours (1980)
Stalemate (1977) / Fear Not For Man (1977)
Opposite People (1977) / Sorrow, Tears and Blood (1977)
Shuffering & Shmiling (1978) / No Agreement (1977)
V.I.P. (1979) / Authority Stealing (1980)
We have a collection of Nigerian and Ethio tunes plus underground South African soul, jazz and funk from the late 60's and 70's. Take a listen to our mix below and explore genres rich in history (including tracks from Afrobeat pioneer, Fela's drummer - Tony Allen, Ethio jazz creator, Mulatu Astatke and the Nigeria 70 series all from Strut Records.)