A vinyl box-set honoring Fela Anikulapo Kuti and curated by Erykah Badu is now up for pre-order. This is the fourth set of this kind, each curated by a fan of Fela (Questlove, Ginger Baker and Brian Eno curated the other 3). Here’s the details on Badu’s:
Erykah’s selection includes her “favorite Fela Piece of all times,” 1980’s Coffin For Head of State, alongside Yellow Fever (1976), No Agreement (1977), J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop) (1977), V.I.P. (1979), Army Arrangement (1984), and Underground System (1992). Says Erykah, “Fela Kuti is a Fucking Genius. Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt.. with a nice slow burn.”
The sets are limited to 3,000 copies. It comes with a poster, 20-page booklet (with essays by Badu), and much more. The audio has been restored and remastered.
The sets will ship out the week of Dec. 11.