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Leeroy presents - Fela Is The Future
Tracklist
A1No Poi
A2Beats Of No Nation (With Seun Kuti)
A3Zombie (With Noraa)
A4Itt (Internation Thief Thief) (Wtih Fefe)
A5Op (Oposite People) (Femi Kuti)
A6Go Slow
B1Look & Laugh (With Nneka)
B2Fight To Finish (With Duro Ikukenyo)
B3Authority Stealing (With Nakhane)
B4Yellow Fever
B5Vip (With Showboy)
B6Obe (Stew)

Leeroy presents
Fela Is The Future

BMG Rights Management | Item No: 576445
Vinyl LP | 2018 / EU – Original | New
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For the 20th anniversary of Fela Kuti's death (August 1997), ex Saïan Supa Crew member Leeroy invites us to revisit the Black President's world through his “Fela Is The Future” project. Leeroy is both the director and artistic director of this ambitious project which he chose to record in June 2017 in Lagos, the buzzing economical capital of Nigeria (20 million residents) and hometown to Fela Kuti. Across the span of his career, Leeroy has always taken an interest in other continents: he previously displayed his desire and skill for finding inspiration in world music with “African Trip” (West African music remixes), “Bollywood Trip” (Indian music remixes) and his early instrumentals for the Saïan Supa Crew. Leeroy brought together the Kuti family (Femi and Seun Kuti, Fela Kuti's sons) with Féfé, Nneka, and Nakhane, who featured on the project, Fela Kuti's original musicians (Duro, his only ever keyboardist and Showboy, saxophonist turned vocalist) as well as with new Nigerian talents such as percussionist Wura Samba. Over the 20 days of on-site recording, younger generations were also given the opportunity to re-unite with (or simply discover) the heritage of a man who has had an impact on both Nigeria and the world since the 70's: as one of the founding fathers of Afrobeat (a genre blending African American elements of funk and jazz with West African genres such as traditional Nigerian music and Yoruba rhythms), as well as being the founder of the Republic of Kalakuta (the self-proclaimed homeland surrounding his house), he was a relentless human rights activist (and spent multiple years in prison because of it). Fela was close to the people and sang of the suffering of his peers, as did Bob Marley and Gil Scott Heron in the same years. He would write and sing in Pidgin English in order to ensure his message could be understood by everyone.
Leeroy chose 12 iconic songs from Fela's protean works and requested that musicians play the essential melodic and rhythmic elements of each, then remixing and chopping the strongest results, adding his own electronic and hip-hop twist. Leeroy then selected artists to feature on the album: Féfé's flow brings a Hip-Hop touch the final record; Nneka adds a mystical and militant feel while Nakhane brings class and sensitivity to the table. At 34 years old, Seun Kuti displays a directed fervor while Femi Kuti, 55, brings forth the wisdom of a man who has been through every battle. “Beasts Of No Nation” is the first single from the album: A Fela classic, the lyrics denounce the gangrenous corruption which has infected power (judges, politicians, police) and disregard for human rights. The names of the leaders cited in this hymn (Reagan, Thatcher) could also easily be substituted with those of current world leaders. The original artwork by Lemi Ghariokwu, his 27th for the musician since they first met in 1974, is a painting which depicts two interweaved copies of Fela's face in yellow and white. One could read the mix of both colors as a reference to the past and the future. The silhouette of the Black President can be made out in the background as well as some of his most famous quotes: 'Human rights are our property', 'Music is the weapon of the future'… Lemi thus builds upon Fela's works (the singer first discovered him in the street), renewing his style by painting a singular picture of Fela Kuti and projecting him once again into his own era.
The Institut Français du Nigéria (IFN) played a key role on site in facilitating contact between musicians, production and family as well as logistics. Under their aegis, some artists were also able to play concerts in Lagos during their time there. Leeroy presents « Fela is the Future » will be available worldwide on November, 10th, 2017.
Item Details
Item No:576445
Artist:Leeroy presents
Titel:Fela Is The Future
Label:BMG Rights Management
Katalog-Nr:538329771
Format:Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:EU – Original
Release Date:2018
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Afrobeat
Available since:21.03.2018
Condition:New
Price:21,99 €
Weight:250g (plus 250g Packaging)
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