Fela Kuti: Vinyl Box Set 3 Compiled By Brian Eno Out Now!

Brian Eno will curate the next Fela Kuti 7-LP vinyl box set from Knitting Factory Records

Knitting Factory Records continue their vinyl box set reissues of Fela Kuti with a 7-LP curation from Brian Eno. The highly influential composer and collaborator/producer for David Bowie, Talking Heads, and U2, among a star-list of others, follows Questlove and Ginger Baker in handpicking seven of his favorite Fela releases. "I remember the first time I listened [to Fela's album Afrodisiac] and how dazzled I was by the groove and the rhythmic complexity, and by the raw, harsh sounds of the brass," Eno recalls, "like Mack trucks hurtling across highways with their horns blaring. Everything I thought I knew about music at that point was up in the air again."

For his box set, Brian Eno's selected London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976), I.T.T. (1980), and, the above mentioned, Afrodisiac (1973). The box set will also include 12-page full-size booklet with a foreword by Brian Eno, in-depth commentaries about all seven albums written by afrobeat historian Chris May, and song lyrics. As a special bonus an exclusive A2 poster is included. All seven LPs come in their own sleeves with Lemi Ghariokwu's iconic original artwork. See Brian Eno's thoughts on Fela and view a full track listing below. For more, catch Finding Fela, out in theaters now. Fela Kuti: Vinyl Box Set 3 Compiled by Brian Eno is out September 30 from KFR.


Track Listings:

London Scene (1971)

Side A:

Track 1 - J'Ehin J'Ehin (Chop Teeth - Chop Teeth)

Track 2 - Egbe Mio (Carry Me)

Side B:

Track 3 - Who're You

Track 4 - Buy Africa

Track 5 - Fight To Finish

Shakara (1972)

Side A:

Track 1 - Lady

Side B:

Track 2 - Shakara (Oloje)

Gentleman (1973)

Side A:

Track 1 - Gentleman

Side B:

Track 2 - Fefe - Naa Efe

Track 3 - Igbe

Zombie (1976)

Side A:

Track 1 - Zombie

Side B:

Track 2 - Mr. Follow Follow

Upside Down (1976)

Side A:

Track 1 - Upside Down

Side B:

Track 2 - Go Slow

Afrodisiac (1973)

Side A:

Track 1 - Alu Jon Jonki Jon

Track 2 - Jeun Ko Ku (Chop and Quench)

Side B:

Track 3 - Eko Ile

Track 4 - Je'Nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me)

I.T.T. (1980)

Side A:

Track 1 - ITT (Part 1) - Instrumental (00:00 - 11:16)

Side B:

Track 2 - ITT (Part 2) - Vocal (12:43 to the end)


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It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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