An honest ode to a real musician…
Fela Kuti - Box Set 4 curated by Erykah Badu

The creative affinity between Fela Kuti’s legacy and the admiration of contemporary artists continues with the release of ‘Fela Kuti: Box Set 4’, curated by Erykah Badu. Following in the footsteps of Questlove, Brian Eno and Ginger Baker, Badu is the latest musician, and Fela Kuti fan, to curate an ode to the extraordinary talent.

The seven LP set including ‘Yellow Fever’ (1976), ‘Coffin for Head of State’ (1980) and ‘Underground System’ (1992) also features seven personal essays by Badu and the Afrobeat historian Chris May in an accompanying booklet, as well as boasting the original artwork.

Commenting on the box set, Badu said: “Fela Kuti is a Fucking Genius. Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt…with a nice slow burn”.

Speaking about her creative input with the project, Badu added: “ I prefer things to come super-duper easy to me. Effortless creations are my forte. That’s how I feel about the muisc of Fela Kuti. It’s so good that there is no way he gave it any thought”.

The latest instalment to Kuti’s ongoing series of box sets was released by Knitting Factory Records and is sold as a vinyl limited edition of 3,000 copies.


Words: Hollie Ismail

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