Tag Archives: Fela Kuti

JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra – JariBu (Tramp Records)

Fela Kuti’s influence has been felt in Japan as well! From Tokyo, JariBu (means “try” in Swahili) is a 13-piece ensemble that mixes Afrobeat with funk & jazz & calls their sound neo-Afrobeat. It features a highly energetic a horn section (sax, trumpet, trombone), beautifully wild flute, & righteous backing vocals (with occasional J-pop undertones).  […]

The KutiMangoes – Afro-Fire (Tramp)

Here is the band from Copenhagen Denmark that is going to dominate European music festivals this summer. The band aspires to combine the “delusional” jazz arrangements of Charles Mingus with rhythms inspired by Tony Allen and the funky Nigerian stylings of Fela Kuti – but in an original manner! They succeed admirably with a 3 […]

ANTH: Africa – Red Hot + Fela (KFR)

This is the 18th CD release by the AIDS awareness organization Red Hot, here collaborating with the KFR label and an array of international artists who have reinvented Fela Kuti tunes in their own styles for this fundraising CD. Many fascinating Fela Kuti covers, with styles ranging from Afro-space jazz to hip-hop. Lots of creative […]

Femi Kuti – No Place For My Dream (KFR)

Fela’s eldest son has returned to his musical heritage, delivering a CD that would make his dad proud; nice Afrobeat with classic arrangements & politically oriented lyrics. The sound is more organic and true to the genre than his arguably over-produced 2011 CD. Well worth spinning. Official website with more info & video