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Red Hot + Fela...enter the highlife

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

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...

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