It’s a Felabration, Bitches: An Audio-Documentary

Fela and Ginger Baker

Last year, for Black History Month, I profiled Black American celebrities who traced their African ancestry. This year, still taking it back to Africa, but this time with some great music.  I found a mix, by Nigerian Producer Teck Zilla. Teck Zilla, based in Montreal, teamed up with Society HAE to produce an audio-documentary of Fela Kuti and British drummer Ginger Baker, called  Fela + Ginger Baker: LIVE! Remixed. Teck Zilla remixes live recordings of Fela’s 1971 “LIVE!” album. At the same time, he interjects pieces of rare interviews with Fela, his musicians, and Ginger Baker. I reached out to Teck to ask why he was motivated to take on this project.

“I can’t say I have a specific reason for putting this together. Besides being a fan of Fela and his music, I reckon a look on his side project (with Ginger Baker) would be an interesting theme to continue my audio-documentary series (Afro JETS Club Project being the first) and being that no other Nigerian producer has ventured into anything like this, I felt this was sort of obligatory.
As for Society HAE’s input, the good people there have always wanted me to work with them but I never got the chance until the Fela/Baker project came about and I presented it to them. They felt it fully showcased a side of the man often overlooked by many. So, yeah, that’s how it went down. Huge props to SocietyHAE once again for fully backing me from start to finish.”
Get an intimate look into Fela by giving this mix a listen. Tell us what you think!
Track list Fela

TRACK LIST
1. INTRO:Who Is Fela?
2. Let’s Start
3. INTERLUDE1: Why Ginger Baker?
(Snippets From Ginger Baker Interview on “Nigeria 70 – The Definitive Story Of 1970′s Funky Lagos” – The Documentary CD by Sue Bowerman)
4. Black Man’s Cry
5. INTERLUTE 2: Welcome to Nigeria
(Snippets From Ginger Baker Interview on Nigeria 70 – The Definitive Story Of 1970′s Funky Lagos – The Documentary CD by Sue Bowerman)
6. Felabration (Samples Black Man’s Cry)
7. INTERLUDE 3: Fela And Politricks
(Snippets From Fela Kuti Documentary & Music by Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff and Jean Jacquues Flori
8. Let’s Start Reprise (Samples Let’s Start)
9. Egbe Mi O (CARRY ME)
10. Yeye Dey Smell
11. The After Smell (MADT DUB) – Samples Yeye De Smell
12. Outro: Credits
(Snippets From Ginger Baker Interview on Nigeria 70 – The Definitive Story Of 1970′s Funky Lagos – The Documentary CD by Sue Bowerman)
13. The Black President
(Vocal Snippets From Fela Kuti Documentary & Music by Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff and Jean Jacquues Flori)

 

 

 

 

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