This tribute to the "music and spirit" of Fela Kuti truly lives up to its title, unlike other tributes that merely exploit the legacy of great artists. But then again, this is what we would expect from the organization that put this out. Red Hot has been producing concept and tribute albums to raise money for AIDS research, each of which has been artistically well-executed and a labor of love. When Fela Kuti died of AIDS in 1997, he left behind an important legacy as an Afrobeat pioneer, protest singer, and cultural rebel. The artists who pay tribute to him encompass R&B, rap, neo-soul and blues royalty (D'Angelo, Common, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Taj Mahal, Sade), as well as great African indigenous artists (Cheikh Lo, Baaba Maal). As diverse as their styles are, the musicians have managed to respect the Afrobeat roots and emotional authenticity of Fela's music - which is what makes this tribute truly great indeed. A few surprises here: Scratchy-voiced Macy Gray (love her or hate her) singing in Yoruba in Water No Get Enemy (featuring Fela's son Femi and D'Angelo) over the driving horns and heavy percussion anticipates a creative disaster, but the result is the one of the highlights of this album. Surprise #2: Fellow-Nigerian Sade contributes a dubby, echo-ey remix of her hit By Your Side spliced with Fela samples...the most radical thing she's done (by the way, this remix has been a hard-to-get underground hit for months, so its inclusion here is a double bonus). The great music and the important cause behind it makes this an album to get.