Fela cover

Merrill Garbus’s unhinged yawp turns out to be just about ideal for Afrobeat. The Red Hot Organization and the (RED) initiative are currently teaming up to release (RED) Hot + Fela, a new fundraising Fela Kuti tribute compilation. And on the comp’s version of “Lady,” tUnE-yArDs teams up with Roots drummer/bandleader ?uestlove, Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, and Ghanaian-American rapper Akua Naru. And other than the pretty-unnecessary Naru verse, it does a nice job paying homage to Fela’s frantic, drawn-out rhythmic intensity. Listen below.

The “Lady” single is out now on iTunes.

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