Musician, father, husband, human rights activist, revolutionary. All describe Fela Kuti, the Nigerian artist who railed against the militaristic government of his homeland, both in his politics and in his music.
The Best of the Black President represents most facets of Fela, the founder of Afrobeat, through two discs that span his most popular – and funky – work, and a DVD that illuminates the many facets of the man through segments from the film Music is the Weapon, performances from the Berlin Jazz Festival and interviews with choreographer/director Bill T. Jones and Fela biographer Carlos Moore. The two-discs of audio don’t disappoint, unveiling serious meditations in groove, fueled by Fela’s unmistakable rhythms.
With all of Fela’s albums scheduled for remastering and release over the next 18 months, Best of the Black President truly serves as a “best of” introduction, a handshake and a smile for those unfamiliar with the icon’s work, and a hug for those who haven’t heard the man in a while.
The Best of the Black President is out now on Knitting Factory Records.