Fela Soul: Fela Kuti meets De La Soul (Gummy Soul/Amerigo Gazaway mashup)

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Download here. From Gummy Soul, produced by Amerigo Gazaway:

What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original.

(via Google+, thanks Colin White)


  1. Nice! Fela Kuti was my introduction to afrobeat. Still looking for an afrobeat artist with the same energy. Wonder if any Boing boing readers know any good alternatives.

    1. I haven’t found anyone who comes close.  Antibalas and Nomo are okay, but the best bet is probably Tony Allen, Fela’s “musical director” and drummer.  But you might as well exhaust the man himself first.  King Sunny Ade is fantastic, but he’s not considered afrobeat.

    2. Yaaba Funk are a London band heavily influenced by Fela and Afrobeat in general – check ’em out. Their singer once burned me an awesome Afrobeat mix CD.

    1. I’ve listed to Femi and saw him live a couple years ago. Good, but nowhere close to his father, and usually too acid jazzy for my tastes.

  2. On a side note, I think my high school guidance counselor took makeup lessons from the woman at 2:40. Exactly the same amount of blue eye shadow, no joke!

  3. Members of Antibalas were the onstage band for the Broadway hit “Fela,” directed by Bill T. Jones, which was GREAT — one of the very best pieces of live theater I’ve ever seen. Antibalas did a tremendous job of bringing Fela’s music alive again, and the entire cast was awesome.

    “Fela” closed in NY but is only now about to go on national tour — they open in DC tonight (9/16), and will hit the west coast early next year. Don’t know if Antibalas will be involved. 

  4. Femi Kuti is a good start to music in a similar vein. In some ways I find him more compelling than his father because he is dealing with contemporary issues, but Fela’s music is obviously timeless. 

    Personally I’m more interested in finding more hip hop in the vein of this mashup, though. 

  5. Another band to check out is Budos Band, also on Daptone Records.  Quite a different take on Afrobeat but such an amazing lush sound.  

    Also check out a record called “Soul Explosion” from a now defunct band called The Dakataris.  It was made up of members of Antibalas, Daptone and Truth and Soul records.  Pretty much a one off studio session but a great record for those looking for more of this kind of stuff.

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