Red Hot And Riot
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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|
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
Top Customer Reviews
'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!
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on June 28 2004
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003 by Mecca Egypt
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...Published on Feb. 1 2003 by Savannah Skye
This CD seamlessly blends African rhythms, 70's funk and modern vocals into a irrepresible AfrofunKalicious mix. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003
This CD is really great. I was sort of skeptical at first but after listening to the entire CD I was completely floored. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Similar to the Brand New Heavies Vol. 1-Heavy Rhyme Experience, this disk pioneers into new territory. Fela would love it. A portion of the proceeds go to AIDs relief in Africa.Published on Dec 19 2002 by outsider01
I ordered Red Hot + Riot based on a review on NPR recently, then listened to the samples here at amazon.com. I nearly cancelled my order. I'm SOOOOOO glad I didn't. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002
Alright Fela followers, The long awaited return of the exiles to the shrine has finally arrived. This is the ultimate fusion of modern sounds with Fela's unique, classic, old... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by chukwuemeka MAdu