The Best Of The Black President marks the birth of Knitting Factory Records. Earlier this year, Knitting Factory Records licensed the 45-album Fela Kuti catalog. Over the next 18 months, the label will release remasters of all the Fela Kuti CDs in unique digi-packs with the original artwork, as well as certain releases on vinyl for the first time in North America. Knitting Factory Recordswill also be giving the first official release to the entire Koola Lobitos catalog- this was Fela’s highlife band which he fronted through the 1960’s.
The Best Of The Black President will be released on October 27, 2009. The track listing includes: CD 1 – 1. Lady | 2. Shakara | 3. Gentleman | 4. Water Get No Enemy | 5. Zombie |
6. Sorrow Tears and Blood | 7. No Agreement. CD 2 – 1. Roforofo Fight | 2. Shuffering and Shmiling | 3. Coffin for the Head of State 4. ITT (part 2) | 5. Army Arrangement (part 2) | 6. O.D.O.O
The Best Of The Black President Deluxe Version includes two CDs and a DVD. The DVD includes segments from "Music is the Weapon", the Berlin Jazz Festival, "Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense," and interviews with Bill T. Jones and Carlos Moore.
A Broadway musical titled Fela! opens this November at Eugene O’Neil Theatre, a follow-up to the highly acclaimed off-Broadway show.
Buy the recording:
- In North America; The Best Of The Black President