The Best Of The Black President 2 (Knitting Factory Records KFR1029/2, 2013)
This new 2-CD collection collects some of the most iconic pieces from Fela Kuti’s career. It’s a great opportunity to continue to explore the roots of Afrobeat, a musical genre that has blossomed in recent years.
The Best Of The Black President 2 contains lengthy pieces that have that cool jam band feel, with a mix of compelling lyrics seeking social justice and vibrant music. Knitting Factory Records is reissuing many of Fela Kuti’s albums, nearly 50 and they are enhanced with new liner notes by Afrobeat historian Chris May.
In Fela Kuti’s music you can hear a combination of Yoruban roots music, jazz, highlife and American funk. This synthesis is what was later called Afrobeat.
For those who want to get a taste of the source of Afrobeat music, The Best Of The Black President 2 is an excellent sampler, presenting the music and lyrics of one of the great innovators and activists in recent African music history.
A special deluxe version of The Best of the Black President 2 also includes a DVD of Fela Kuti’s memorable 1984 concert in Glastonbury.
1. Everything Scatter 10:31
2. Expensive Shit 13:11
3. Underground System (Part 2) 15:19
4. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am 12:03
5. Monkey Banana 11:31
6. Sorrow Tears and Blood (Original Extended Version) 16:41
1. Black Man’s Cry 11:35
2. Mr. Follow Follow (Mister Follow Follow) 12:55
3. He Miss Road 10:46
4. Yellow Fever 15:20
5. Na Poi 13:30
6. Colonial Mentality 13:41
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.