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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul

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Jazz music, in all its forms, spread throughout world culture, is deeply embedded in the American experience. It is a culture based phenomena uniquely reflecting that experience in such a personal and expressive way as to embrace the myriad of crosscurrents that express new interpretations of the form.

It is deep as the physicality ...

Saluting the Black President: London, UK, May 17, 2013

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Saluting the Black President
Dele Sosimi, Ginger Baker, Tony Allen, Keziah Jones, Afrikan Boy, others
229
London, UK
May 17, 2013

Saluting the Black President was presented to mark the release of the second batch of albums in Knitting Factory UK's Fela Anikulapo Kuti reissue program. The event sold ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dawda Jobarteh: Northern Light Gambian Night

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Dawda Jobarteh

Northern Light Gambian Night

Sterns Music

2011

As the Gaddafis, Assads, Kim Jongs and other poisoned bloodlines (how long have you got?) remind us, dynastic succession is usually bad news. But in African music, bloodlines are benign: from childhood, a musician learns his art from a family elder ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 21 - Final Fela Kuti Masterpieces Reissued

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Fela Power Show: Batch 4 is the concluding, eight-disc chapter in Knitting Factory Records' 26-disc reissue program of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums and early singles. It starts on the 1979/80 cusp of the dissolution of Afrika 70 and the formation of Egypt 80, when Kuti made the landmark Vagabonds In Power (1979), Coffin For Head Of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Chris May's Best Releases of 2010

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Here are my favorite dozen new releases of 2010. It was an outstanding year on many fronts.

There was ravishing lyricism from saxophonists Nat Birchall and Stan Sulzmann and beyond-touristic flamenco and Indian infusions from bassist Dave Holland and singer Amit Chaudhuri, the politically charged complete works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the delicious ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 14 - Fela! Original Broadway Cast Recording

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Various Artists

Fela! Original Broadway Cast Recording

Knitting Factory Records

2010

One of the several extraordinary things about the Broadway musical Fela! is not so much that approaching 400,000 people have seen the production since it opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in November 2009, but that the many friends ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 13 - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti

The Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Wrasse Records

2010

Who knew? Who imagined, even a few years ago, that the life and music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti would inspire the biggest Broadway musical sensation of 2010 and the concurrent release of this lovingly put together, definitive ...

NEWS: EVENT

All About Jazz's Chris May to speak at Fela Kuti events across UK

AAJ senior editor Chris May will give the first in a series of talks about Nigerian Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the British Library, London on Saturday 23 October, as part of the Nigeria 50+ festival. The event is the first of several to be held in British cities this fall. May, the author of AAJ's Afrobeat ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 12 - Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80

Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

Wrasse Records

2001 (1986)

During the latter half of the 1980s, Fela Anikulapo Kuti's international star waned a little, as Congolese rumba and Malian desert blues became the new world music flavors of the moment. And in 2010, even ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Music Is the Weapon of the Future

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For jazz listeners interested in a portal to African music, there are two obvious routes. One is the spirited South African lyricism of Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela. The other is the self-described Afro-beat of Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti. Fela made an enormous number of recordings, and it's very hard to find one which lacks his ...