Red, Hot + Fela - Various Artists
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  • Summary: The second volume of Fela Kuti cover songs for the Red Hot Organization featuring African artists as Baloji, Angelique Kidjo, Kuku, Akua Naru as well as Western artists including Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Jim James, and My Morning Jacket.
  • Record Label: Knitting Factory Records
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, R&B, Funk, Garage, Club/Dance, International, Dubstep, African Traditions, Experimental Dub, Afro-Pop, Afro-beat
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  1. Even though the album comes in at nearly 80 minutes, surprisingly it doesn’t feel too long. This is largely because it doesn’t get stuck in an Afrobeat rut.
  2. 80
    On the whole, Red Hot + Fela works both as an introduction to Afrobeat, and as a reworking of the genre, making it a fitting tribute not just to Fela’s music but also his indomitable spirit.
  3. Oct 16, 2013
    70
    Although many tribute albums have a tendency to come across as disposable, Red Hot + Fela stands with the best Red Hot has to offer.
  4. Dec 3, 2013
    70
    The album probably won’t transform you, but parts of it can transfix you.
  5. Oct 16, 2013
    61
    Red Hot + Fela largely presents itself as a blur of lesser, briefer imitations of Fela's Afrobeat grooves, liberally sprinkled with pro forma rapping and vocalists singing lyrics that have lost the political fire they once had.
  6. Nov 1, 2013
    60
    It's those who deviate furthest from Fela's template who reap the greatest rewards. [Dec 2013, p.71]

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