Fela Kuti (born Oct. 15, 1938) planted the root of what became Afrobeat music. Today, many are carrying on his work including his sons Femi and Seun, former bandmates including Tony Allen, and countless worldwide afrobeat bands from the Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra to Brazil’s Bixiga 70. We go from the roots to the branches on this week’s show.
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Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Upside Down (Edit) – Finding Fela
Ginger Baker – Something Nice – Stratavarious
Femi Kuti – Wonder Wonder – Femi Kuti
Seun Kuti + Egypt 80 – African Airways – A Long Way To The Beginning
Ebo Taylor & the Pelicans – Come Along – Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves – Ghana & Togo 1972-1978
Tony Allen – Ayenlo – Secret Agent
Bixiga 70 – Quebra Cabeça – Quebra Cabeça
The Daktaris – Daktari Walk – Soul Explosion
Antibalas – Big Man – Who Is This America?
London Afrobeat Collective – I No Be Criminal – Food Chain
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra – Natural Vibes – MEDIACRACY
The KutiMangoes – Fire – Afro-Fire
Zion 80 – V’Shamru – Warriors
Les Freres Smith – Gondwana – Contreband Mentality
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra – Oni zaraz przyjda tu (They Will Come Here Soon) – Oni zaraz przyjda tu
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band – Tribulation – Bone Reader
Hoodna Afrobeat Orchestra – 5 AM – Let Go
Minor Empire – Istanbul’dan Uskudar’a Yol Gider – Uprooted
Tragavenao Orquesta Afrobeat – Mantecon Bolivio – Tragavenao Orquesta Afrobeat
Verckys & L’Orchestre Vévé – Cheka Sana High – Verckys & L’Orchestre Vévé: Congolose Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978 (Analog Africa No. 17)
Fela Kuti – Zombie (feat. Kevin Mambo & Lillias White) – Fela! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)