As activities to celebrate the life of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti gather momentum, Knitting Factory Records is set to release the second of the long-awaited vinyl re-issues from the FELA KUTI catalog.
The brand new Vinyl Box Set, Showbiz Trends learnt, is curated by Fela’s friend and collaborator, Ginger Baker, and it will hit the streets on October 9th. The box contains six albums chosen by Baker, a frequent Fela collaborator. They are Live with Ginger Baker (1971), Roforofo Fight (1972), Confusion (1974), Alagbon Close (1974), He Miss Road (1975) and Na Poi (1976).
Also to be included in the box will be 12-page full-colour booklet with an essay by Baker and album descriptions by the veteran British music journalist, Chris May. It will also include a poster designed by H. Cuadrado.
The artwork for each album is the painstakingly recreated from original album artwork along with vintage vinyl label artwork, Knitting Factory Records source revealed.
Fela’s birthday is on October 15th, and different events celebrating the life of the Nigerian revolutionary and father of Afrobeat are popping up across the world with a week-long Felabration at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria.