D'Angelo, Common Lead Fela Kuti Tribute
D'Angelo, Common, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, and Macy Gray are among the artists who have contributed to the latest edition in the Red Hot charity album series, "Red Hot + RIOT!," due Oct. 16 from MCA.D'Angelo, Common, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, and Macy Gray are among the artists who have contributed to the latest edition in the Red Hot charity album series, "Red Hot + RIOT!," due Oct. 16 from MCA. The set salutes late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with proceeds benefiting Red Hot's various AIDS-related fundraising efforts, particularly in Africa. Kuti died of AIDS-related causes in 1997.
"Red Hot + RIOT!" features several star-studded pairings. Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Bilal, and Jorge Ben team up for "Shuffering and Shmiling," while Fela's son Femi is joined by D'Angelo, Macy Gray, Nile Rodgers, and Roy Hargrove for "Water No Get Enemy." Elsewhere, former Fela drummer Tony Allen, Res, and Baaba Maal power through "No Agreement," while Common and Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara cover "Years of Tears and Sorrow."
Meanwhile, Femi Kuti's Positive Force will begin an 18-date North American tour July 5 at New Orleans' Essence Music Festival. The group's latest MCA album, "Fight To Win," debuted last November at No. 10 on Billboard's Top World Albums tally.
Here is the tracklist for "Red Hot + RIOT!"
"Kalakuta Show," Blackalicious
"Shuffering and Shmiling (Intro)," the Remedies
"Shuffering and Shmiling," Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Jorge Ben, and Bilal
"Gimme S*** (Interlude)," Mixmaster Mike
"Intro / Water No Get Enemy," D'Angelo, Femi Kuti, Macy Gray, and the Soultronics featuring Nile Rodgers and Roy Hargrove
"Gentleman," MeShell Ndegeocello and Yerba Buena featuring Ron Blake
"Years of Tears and Sorrow," Common and Djelimady Tounkara
"Shakara/Lady (Part 1)," Cheikh Lo
"Shakara/Lady (Part 2)," Cheikh Lo, Les Nubians, and Manu Dibango
"Zombie (Part 1)," Bugz In The Attic featuring Wummi
"Zombie (Part 2 - Instrumental)," Nile Rodgers and Roy Hargrove
"No Agreement," Res, Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul, and Archie Shepp
"So Be It," Kelis
"Colonial Mentality (Interlude)," Yerba Buena
"Trouble Sleep," Baaba Maal and Taj Mahal featuring Kaouding Cissoko