Nigerian Fela Anikulapo Kuti died in 1997, yet he will always be one of the iconic figures of popular music. Kuti not only made music for the ages; he also did his bit to put African music on the worl

Nigerian Fela Anikulapo Kuti died in 1997, yet he will always be one of the iconic figures of popular music. Kuti not only made music for the ages; he also did his bit to put African music on the world music map. He invented Afrobeat and worked his groove with a single-mindedness that produced more than 60 albums. His biting political commentary earned him the enmity of the Nigerian government—not to mention numerous beatings—yet his spirit proved as tenacious as the pull of his music. This Wrasse compilation offers 13 of Kuti's hottest tunes, and although that number is a mere drop in the ocean from his body of work, this two-CD set rocks furiously. Featured numbers include "Zombie," "ITT," "Water No Get Enemy," "Shakara," "Sorrow Tears and Blood" and "O.D.O.O." The third disc in this set is a DVD copy of the 1982 Kuti documentary "Music Is the Weapon," which includes a memorable visit to the storied Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria.—PVV