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Fela Kuti 'The Best Of The Black President 2' + FELA! Discount Tix!

Hear a track from afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's latest African music release.


The complete works of Fela Kuti will be seeing new light this coming Spring and Summer. The legendary afrobeat pioneer's expansive catalog is getting revamped once again in a three-part re-issue on Knitting Factory Records/Kalakuta Sunrise, complete with track-by-track liner notes by afrobeat historian and writer Chris May — no small feat for a discography spanning almost 50 albums.

This particular compilation, due out in March, will be the first of a series covering The Black President's lengthy career to be released in the UK and Europe between March and September 2013. The good folks at Knitting Factory Records have dropped one of the remastered tracks from the releases, "Everything Scatter," which you can check below. The Best Of The Black President 2 comes out on March 4 of this year. Also for the stans, make sure to catch the FELA! musical on its US tour which just kicked off in DC, see the full dates below and BUY TICKETS HERE.

GET 20% OFF FELA! TICKETS IN ATL AND PHILLY USING PROMO CODE "OKAY20"! GRAB YOURS NOW!

TOUR DATES

1/31 - 2/10: Sidney Harmon Hall - Washington, DC

2/12 - 2/17: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts - Detroit, MI

2/19 - 2/23: Arie Crown Theater - Chicago, IL

2/25 - 2/26: Belk Theater at Blumental Performing Arts Center - Charlotte, NC

2/28 - 3/6: The Fox Theater - Atlanta, GA

3/8 - 3/9: Proctors Theater - Schenectady, NY

3/12 - 3/17: Merriam Theater - Philadelphia, PA

3/19 - 3/24: Adrienne Arsht Center - Miami, FL

4/2 - 4/4: Playhouse Square Palace Theater - Cleveland, OH

4/12 - 4/13: UA Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ

4/23 - 4/24: ASU Gammage Memorial Auditorium - Tempe, AZ

4/25 - 5/5: Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center - Los Angeles, CA

5/7 - 5/17: Winspear Opera House - Dallas, TX

5/28 - 6/2: Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA

Yes, Shaquille O'Neal Dropped A Diss Remix of 'Mans Not Hot'

"The real" Shaq responds to British comedian Big Shaq's viral grime hit. The ting goes skrrraaa.

Today, in things you didn't know you would ever hear (or needed to), NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has dropped a diss remix to British comedian Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq aka Roadman Shaq aka MC Quakez's "Mans Not Hot."

The track's a response to Big Shaq's ultra viral freestyle on BBC Radio 1's "Fire in the Booth" segment, where the comedian first dropped his now timeless "the ting goes skrrraaa" lines. Since its release back in August, the clip's gone beyond viral—Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq's even released an official version of the track.

Fast forward to last week, the NBA's Shaq went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, in which The Roots played "Mans Not Hot" as his walk-on music.

Well, with all the attention on the track, it seems the OG Shaq's taken notice and, in his own tongue-in-cheek way, has fired off some bars at the comedian taking his name.

To make things even more confusing, he's also joined by Toronto rapper ShaqisDope on the comedic diss track.

"There's only one Big Shaq," the NBA star rhymes.

Check out Shaq's diss and the original video below. skrrraaa pap bap bap.

A Nasty Boy Magazine's 'Creative Class of 2018' Highlights 40 African Creatives Who Are Disrupting the Status Quo

For its inaugural list, the trailblazing Nigerian publication highlights 40 creatives who are disrupting the norm through art, photography, writing and more.

With it's emphasis on unapologetically interrupting the status quo and championing all things striking, artistic and unconventional, A Nasty Boy is the rare and severely necessary publication shaking up Nigeria's conservative media landscape.

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Erykah Badu Curated A New Fela Kuti Box Set

Badu: "Fela Kuti is a Fucking Genius. Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt.. with a nice slow burn."

To celebrate Fela Kuti's birthday and the many Felabrations going down across the globe, Knitting Factory Records has announced the upcoming arrival of their new Fela Kuti box set.

The new box set, which will be the fourth installment the label has released from the king of Afrobeat, will be curated by none-other-than Erykah Badu.

"Fela Kuti is a Fucking Genius," Badu writes in a press statement. "Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt.. with a nice slow burn."


Erykah Badu's selections include her "favorite Fela Piece of all times," 1980's Coffin For Head of State, alongside Yellow Fever (1976), No Agreement (1977), J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop) (1977), V.I.P. (1979), Army Arrangement (1984), and Underground System (1992).

The box set will be limited to only 3,000 copies, which come with a 16" x 24" poster designed by Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, the creative force behind 26 of Fela Kuti's iconic album covers, and a 20-page full-color booklet. The booklet features seven personal essays written by Erykah Badu.

Previous Fela Kuti box sets have been curated by Questlove, Ginger Baker, and Brian Eno for Knitting Factory Records.

Pre-order Erykah Badu's Fela Kuti box set now.

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