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The New Fela Kuti Box Set is Curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin

And they said the perfect holiday gift doesn't exist...

Fela Kuti's 50th anniversary reissues released this year have reminded us why his status as a legend continues to ring true.

Through the year, Partisan Records (the homes of Fela's catalog) has released a number of special reissues, and now Vinyl Box #5 is set to drop just in time for you to be named the coolest gift giver in your friend group. The highly-anticipated fifth installment of vinyl reissues was co-curated by Fela's son, Nigerian afrobeat ambassador Femi Kuti and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

The volume includes titles Why Black Man Dey Suffer, Noise for Vendor Mouth, Kalakuta Show, Excuse O, Ikoyi Blindness, and Overtake Don Overtake Overtake. Fans can also be excited to hear a newly released extended version of Fela's "Original Sufferhead." The artwork for the box set has been carefully designed and recreated from Fela's original vinyl pressings, alongside cool, vintage vinyl label artwork. Each of these Fela boxsets has featured notable names lending their curating talents to handpick Fela favorites. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, Ginger Baker, and Brian Eno.

While putting the master's together for this box set, audio engineer Colin Young stumbled upon four minutes of "lost" material on the B-side of an original 1981 pressing, which includes an astounding keyboard solo by Fela that had been omitted from previous reissues. The restored version of "Original Sufferhead" starts and ends with Fela's keyboard mastery, a typically adventurous blend of futurism and emotional depth that Fela shared in his art. This will be the first time since it's release in 1981 that"'Original Sufferhead" will be presented in its full-length glory.

The Fela Vinyl Box #5 set will be released on December 10th and will be limited to 4000 copies worldwide, pre-orders are now open so get it while it's hot!

Fela Kuti - Original Sufferhead (Extended Version) (Official Audio)

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