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Ahmir-Khalib Thompson A.K.A Questlove - Thoughts On Fela

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Published on Oct 16, 2013

This is part of a series of videos presenting the salutations of celebrities on the occasion of what would have been Fela's 75th birthday. Also on this day, 15th October, Knitting Factory Records are releasing Red Hot + Fela, a compilation album featuring interpretations of Fela songs by a raft of top drawer artists. All profits from this album go towards combatting AIDS.

The Roots drummer supremo, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, better known as
?uestlove, shares his memories of first hearing Fela and goes on to describe his favourite song.

Red Hot is an AIDS awareness organisation currently partnering with Knitting Factory Records to present a collection of cross-genre collaborations representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for an album release of Fela Kuti compositions, 'RED HOT + FELA' (Knitting Factory, 15 October 2013). The release includes classic Fela anthems like "Lady" recorded by tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove (The Roots), Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naru, "Zombie" recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex and Frown, "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" recorded by My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus (from tUnE-yArDs), and Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) and "Sorrow, Tears & Blood" reworked by the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe.

Red Hot + Fela now available on iTunes and Amazon, also on CD and Vinyl.

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