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Red Hot And Riot

Various Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Fela Mentality (Intro) - Fela Kuti
2. Kalakuta Show: Mixmaster Mike + Lateef And The Gift Of Gab (Of Blackalicious)
3. Interlude: Live At Kalakuta - Fela Kuti
4. Shuffering + Shmiling: Dead Prez. Jorge Ben Jor, Talib Kweli, Bilal+Positive Force
5. (Interlude) Gimme Sh*t
6. Water To Get Enemy (Intro)
7. Water To Get Enemy: D'Angelo, Femi Kuti, + Macy Gray Featuring Roy Hargrove, Nile Rodgers. The Soultronics+Positive Force
8. Gentelman: Meshell Ndegeocello+Yerba Buena! Featuring Ron Blake
9. Tears+Sorrow: Common, Meshell Ndegeocello+Djelimady Tounkara
10. Shakara/Lady (Part One): Cheikh Lo
11. Shakara/Lady (Part Two): Cheikh Lo, Les Nubians + Manu Dibango Featuring Chateau Flight
12. Don't Worry About My Mouth O (African Message) - Fela Kuti
13. Zombie (Part One): Bugz In The Attic Featuring Wunmi
14. Zombie (Part Two): Instrumental Featuring Nile Rodgers, Roy Hargrove + Money Mark
15. No Agreement: Tony Allen, Res, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul + Archie Shepp
16. So Be It: Kelis
17. Interlude/This Is An Ashanti Proverb - Fela Kuti
18. By Your Side (Cottonbelly's Fola Mix Edit): Sade
19. Colonial Mentality: Yerba Buena!+Lenine
20. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wakle Am: Baaba Maal + Taj Mahal Featuring Kaoding Cissoko+Antibalas

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Never has there been a more appropriate Red Hot tribute than this one dedicated to the music of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, the Nigerian legend who died from AIDS-related complications in 1997. The artists and groups heard here, nearly 40 all told, cover the musical spectrum: hip-hop (Blackalicious, Roots), jazz (Roy Hargrove, Archie Shepp); soul (Sade, D'Angelo), Afrobeat (Tony Allen, Femi Kuti), world music (Baaba Maal, Jorge Ben), electronic music (Mixmaster Mike, Money Mark) and rock (Nile Rodgers). They have come together to raise money for the 25 million Africans now infected with the AIDS/HIV virus. Red Hot efforts often pair different artists together on the same song, and this album features many once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. Fela's music has been refashioned and mixed together here according to the styles of the artists, rendering several of the 20 songs barely recognizable in comparison with the originals. But such is the strength of Fela's music that even such singular-sounding artists as Macy Gray and Dead Prez get into the Afrobeat spirit of things. --Tad Hendrickson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Afrobeat for the masses June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Shuffering and shmiling alone is enough to make this cd a solid purchase. Underground hip hop luminaries Talib Kweli and Dead Prez combine to remake the song while keeping the same general beat and theme. It's an unbelievably compelling song that does no injustice to the original, rare in a tribute album.
The fun doesnt stop with Shuffering though. Sade's track is a standout and Femi Kuti does his daddy proud. Buy this CD, your ears will thank you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Red Hot and Riot was a HUGE disappointment. With the exception of a very few covers that stay true to the original (the best being "Water no get Enemy" by his son, Femi), the album consists largely of rap songs that have only one thing in common with the original Fela Kuti tunes: the title. Gone are the absolutely exquisite melodies and rhythms that came out of the pure genius of Fela. Some of the rappers doing the covers are so egotistical that not only do they abandon Fela's heavenly musical stylings; they don't even bother to adhere to the original lyrics. Given all this, I just want to issue a warning to those listeners who think that by buying this album, they may be getting a good introduction to Fela's music: save your money and buy one of HIS albums. Even Fela's worst album would be a thousand times more worthwhile to listen to than this eminently forgetable drivel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure Feb. 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
There's not a bad cut on this CD. I never had the pleasure of seeing Fela Kuti, altho I've caught his son in performance a few times. This CD admirably honors Fela's fight, his soul, his fire! My favorite cut is Gentleman with Meshell and Yerba Buena! Baby, it just don't get any better than this...hot, luscious Afro-Soul with a dead-on message. I'm not a Sade fan, but even I have to bask in the black velvet glow of her slide thru this remake of By Your Side. Anyone who digs Macy Gray (count me in) will be all smiles listening to her signature riffs on Water No Get Enemy. I hope the inclusion of Baaba Maal and Cheikh Lo will turn on those listeners who might not otherwise tune in to these killer African artists. This CD is always in my rotation (along with Resident Alien, Seal IV, 6 Degrees' Latin Travels, and Tourist) Slide it in and dance your heart to bursting. It's all for a good cause (AIDS awareness), so double bonus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting + Pulsating Aug. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD was released in October of last year, but I still can't get it out of my head (not that I want it to be) Great, solid, breathing album. Love Baaba Maal's Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am. The rhythms pulsate and the vocals grab me deep within. Love the guest stars -- Sade, Res, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nile Rodgers, Macy Gray, Kelis, Talib Kweli, Les Nubians, etc. I am in love with the lush compositions and prepossessing rhythms. They all add a certain touch to the vibe of the LP. Plus, all proceeds from the album go towards fighting AIDS in Africa. An even greater reason to love it. I recommend picking up this album if ever you're in the record store. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All around smooth as butter perfection... Feb. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
I loved it from begin to end... My favorite track 'By Your Side -Sade (Cottonbelly Remix)' - it's such a cool remix... Just buy it, you won't regret it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Afrobeat re-tuned and remixed at it's finest!! Jan. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
I just finished listening to Red Hot + Riot and was completely stunned at how good...scratch that, GREAT it is! It is possibly the best album I buy this year! I'm a fan of all the "popular" artists featured on this compilation and was glad to hear their unique sounds blend in so smoothly to the Fela sound.
Every track on the album flows together so well. I especially appreciated the "interlude" tracks. From track 1 you are pulled in to the vibrant full Afrobeat sound and gradually shuffled through to the reflective Fela ambiance by track 20. I have immediately fallen in love with track 17/18, By Your Side (Sade) remix...just a beautiful track (by far the best remix of this song that I've heard).
If you can't tell by now, I highly recommend this album. I also recommend Antibalas' albums for some more "authentic" Afrobeat sound (of course Fela's albums aren't too shabby either ;-) I've also seen Antibalas live and they put on a great show!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot! Jan. 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD seamlessly blends African rhythms, 70's funk and modern vocals into a irrepresible AfrofunKalicious mix. Tracks like "Gentlemen" with funky bass laced through traditional West African drum rhythms make it impossible to sit still (this track also features the ultra-sexy voice of MeShell N'degeocello), while artists like Sade slow things down. The CD ends with Baaba Maal (another awesome West African musician), whose voice betrays his muezzein lineage. This is probably one of the best cross-genre CD's I've heard, and is even better than my previously favorite Red Hot compilation, Red Hot + Rio. Red Hot + Riot is perfect for party music, jammin' in the car, or dancing alone on your room. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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This CD is really great. I was sort of skeptical at first but after listening to the entire CD I was completely floored. I must say that MY favorite track is #16 "So Be It" featuring Kelis. She is accompanied by a new talent "Ugochi Nwaogwugwu" (I know it's a mouthful)....................but girly can really blow and she really helped to set this song off.
Worth-while buy. It has yet to leave my disc changer. Mellow, captivating& inspirational.
Check it out!!
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