As Okmalumkoolkat spits on Dirty Paraffin’s D.P.E.P, “You fucking freeloaders, You can download us”, which seems like an appropriate place to begin for this post.
First up there is a great new compilation of Fela Kuti covers coming out October 15th. It’s titled RED HOT + FELA and features thirteen re-workings of Fela by the likes of Spoek Mathambo, Zaki Ibrahim, Tony Allen, TV On The Radio, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo, Just A Band and more.
As a teaster you can download Congolese rapper Baloji alongside L’Orchestre De La Katuba and Kuku as they take on “Buy Africa” here. What you get is a rumba-fied, horn heavy cover, which wets the appetite to see what the other contributors have done to Fela’s music.
Here is a television news report on the live event that was held in New York.
Then the magnificent blog that is Awesome Tapes From Africa has a new gem up on it’s site. Check out the recent post on Orchestre Kiam. As Brian Shimkovitz explains on the site, “A while back, someone sent me a bunch of old tapes picked up in Kinshasa. This collection of 7-inches by the great, under-hyped Congolese group Orchestre Kiam makes a strong case for delving into the world of Central African melodic guitar ninjas and hi-hat samurais. I’ve got a tons of old soukous tapes like this that I often neglect. This one no longer.”
Dudu Pukwana and the Jazz Disciples
Then another great blog in Electric Jive has recently put up some rare live recordings of Dudu Pukwana and the Jazz Disciples. The recordings date from 1964, before Pukwana left for the United Kingdom.
The recordings feature Dennis Mpale (trumpet), Ronnie Beer (tenor sax), Dudu Pukwana (alto sax), Tete Mbambisa (piano), Martin Mgijima (bass) and Max ‘Diamond’ Dayimani (drums). There are seven tracks extended over more than two hours, including local compositions Vortex Special (Chris McGregor) Mr Mecca, Tete’s Jump, and Leads Dwana (Tete Mbambisa).
You can read about them and download them here