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Femi Kuti & Various Artists

Published: 24 OCTOBER 02 - The Rage

Son of late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Femi continues to carry the torch of the Nigerian musical mastermind who died from complications of AIDS in 1997. In the tradition of Red, Hot & Blue, Red, Hot & Dance and others in the Red, Hot Š series, net proceeds from Kuti's latest project support AIDS awareness activities and prevention efforts in Africa and globally. Startlingly, the CD packaging notes that in the time it takes to listen to the album, 150 Africans will become infected with HIV.

Featuring a stellar lineup of cameos by Dead Prez, Kelis, Res, Tak Mahal, Talib Kweli, Bilal, D'Angelo, Macy Gray, Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, Nile Rogers, Les Nubians and many others, the release brings together some of the finest in hip-hop, soul, jazz and traditional West African music under a common accord. The album's strength lies in its ability to preserve Kuti's Afrobeat style - indigenous West African melodies infused with free jazz and funk - with the multitude of voices and genres presented. Through 20 tracks, including six intros and interludes, Riot preserves Kuti and his band's trademark soul-stirring and infectiously powerful horns, lively percussion, all-female background vocals and socially and politically conscious - and controversial - lyrics. Water No Get Enemy, Gentleman, Shakara Lady, No Agreement and a remix of Sade's By Your Side are particularly strong cuts. Kuti fans would do themselves a service to add this to their collection, as would open-minded hip-hop and soul listeners ready for an aural trajectory from the norm. Plus, it's for a good cause.

Keisha D. Rucke
Rédigé le Mardi 17 Juin 2003 à 00:00 | Lu 1046 commentaire(s)

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