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Red Hot And Riot

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 15 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00006LWSB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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this album is a near perfect tribute to Fela.Unlike the Marley kids produced tribute Album to their father 'Chant Down Babylon'The producers of Red, Hot and Riot have opted for Re-interpretation as a theme rather than cloning the original classics. Herein lies the strength of this album.
'Kalakuta show' is broken down and recontructed with verseral vision curtesy of Mixmaster Mike. 'Water no get Enemy' one of Felas masterpieces is scorching! Imagine Macy Gray singing in Pidgin English! Shuffring and smilling also gets an ingenius makeover by dead prez and Talib Queli.One of the only blemishes on this otherwise masterpiece is the cringeworthy bastardization of Felas magnus Opus 'Zombie'.Wunmis vocals on this song are painful to behold.Her vocals have no emotional content/sensitivity to the music.She seems content to just crash through the song like proverbial Bull in a China shop.
The main stength of this album also turns out to be its own weakness. The idea to re-interpret Fela songs featured here is probably taken a step too far on some songs. Some of the songs are totally unrecognisable...using only little snippets of his vocals or lyrics.This means we loose the urgency, humour, and bitting commentry of Felas lyrics.And as anyone who is familiar with his music will tell you, Felas words are just as important as his music.
Having said that, if you are looking for an example of what the next step in Afrobeat should sound like, or indeed if you are alover of music...look no further. This is near perfect!
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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.
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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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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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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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