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Red Hot + Fela...enter the highlife

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If you're not familiar with the Red Hot series of music compilations to benefit charities built around AIDS research and awareness don't worry, there's still time. And the latest star-studded endeavor is built on a platform of music created by one of the AIDS virus' most famous victims: Fela Kuti. Last year on Sound Travels, I introduced you all to the 1st single from the Red Hot + Fela compilation and I now have not only the second single, but a talso the full revelation of collaborations for the album as well as a track list.

Red Hot + Fela Tracklist:
01. “Buy Africa” – Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba featuring Kuku
02. “Lady” – tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo + Akua Naru
03. “Yellow Fever” – Spoek Mathambo + Zaki Ibrahim
04. “No Buredi” – Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo + Superhuman Happiness
05. “Who No Know Go No” – Just A Band + Childish Gambino
06. “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” – My Morning Jacket w/ Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard
07. “Sorrow Tears and Blood” – TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet + Stuart Bogie
08. “ITT” – Superhuman Happiness w/ Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson + Rubblebucket
09. “Afrodisco Beat 2013″ – Tony Allen, M1 + Baloji
10. “Gentleman” – Just A Band, Bajah + Chance the Rapper
11. “Hi Life Time” – GendEr Infinity
12. “Zombie” – Spoek Mathambo + Cerebral Cortex + Frown
13. “Go Slow” – King

As we started the midday, I played the first song from the album "Buy Africa" performed by Congolese rapper/singer Baloji who revises the English lyrics with his native French and takes Fela's music back to its highlife roots. Quite effectively it seems. I can't wait to hear how Fela sounds in the hands of TV On The Radio, Macklemore, Rubblebucket and My Morning Jacket...